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How to Find Budget-Friendly Accommodation for Your Trip

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Taking a break for your tight schedule of works is necessary. You can’t keep working with tired body as well as mind. That’s why, spend your time for traveling is not such a bad idea. Besides, traveling today is fun and easy. Of course traveling means you need to spend your hard-earned money. But if it is worth it then why not?

Traveling isn’t always about spending money to expensive hotels, foods, and tour program. You can have a fun and simple trip without unnecessarily robbing your wallet. There are plenty of budget-friendly accommodation you can find almost everywhere. Therefore, money is not an excuse to skip a chance to have a well-deserve getaway now.

Looking for cheap accommodation

How to search and find the cheap accommodation

Before starting your quest on searching for cheap accommodation, you need to know that you should consider it based on some important factors such as your travel destination, the number of people you bring, budget, travel style, the length of your trip, as well as interests. Thus, you can’t just looking for a low-price room and book it immediately. What if the amenities are not what you need?

What if the location of the accommodation is not safe? Thus, finding budget-friendly accommodation is important but it doesn’t mean you should rely solely on ‘cheap’ things.

Location, location, and location

Of course location plays important role in searching accommodation. To save your money, find accommodation located in strategic location and grants you access to various tourist attraction, diners, ATM center, shopping center, etc.

This way, you don’t have to take a cab to reach your destination since every place is within walking distance. It saves your money as well as time.

Say no to weekend

Weekend is leisure time and lots of people sue it to have a short trip. It means, the price rate is rising on weekend. Thus, it is more recommended to have a trip during weekdays (Monday-Friday). It is even worse if your destination is a touristy location. Weekend is a no for you if what you are looking for is budget-friendly accommodation.

Split rooms

If you are traveling with your friends or families, it is more recommended to rent a villa or apartment consists of several rooms which you can share with other families or renters. This is less expensive than booking several rooms in the hotel.

Besides, a private villa is more comfortable for your stay. Besides, a villa has functional kitchen where you can make your own meals instead of eating out. More ways to save your money from unnecessary expense, right?

Hostels, and why not?

If you are solo traveler, consider staying at hostel. You see, hostels today are not that sketchy or messy. There are plenty of decent hostels with clean room and satisfying services and amenities. And of course, the rent is much cheaper than booking a room in a hotel.

Even if you are traveling with families, there are some hostels providing family rooms and kids-friendly amenities. So who says hostels are for backpackers only?

Healthy & Beauty

No Medicines! Relieve Stress Through Camping

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There must be some stages about how serious the stress the human can get. If you are still can read this and doing things normally as before–no matter how hard you are dealing with your stress, I am going to tell you that all of your stresses can be caused by the less travel you have got before. For the worst case, how long have you been actually out there in a luxury and enjoyable trip for days? Can’t remember? Then you’ve got a big problem with your mind. No wonder stresses are coming right at you.

But take it easy. As some of my publications before, I always trying to give a solution if you will need one and today, the only thing I will recommending you is that to get yourself out there and feel free in a fresh air of wilderness through an easy camping trip alone or with your friends.

Relieve your stress through camping so you don't consume medicines

We all have been known that even a backyard’s camping can brings you the time to unwind in the rubble of life. It may not a solution for everything since there won’t be a medicine for all diseases, but surely that it will helps you in many things. Relieving stress can be top of your reason why you will need to get a camping experience out there.

Relieve stress through camping without any medicines

On earlier, I have been told you that your stress level won’t make you worry about yourself no matter how hard to deal with your mind is. As long as the stress won’t let you hurt yourself physically, you can actually thinking about how to heal yourself without consuming any medicines at all.

There have been people and medical staff saying that our own body is actually can heal itself. So that, we can actually take advantages of automatically self-healing ability as well as adding one or more activities that can help you getting rid of the stresses.

And as said on earlier, the activity I was talking about is camping at the wild or outdoor.

When you will be out there, it is better that you are reaching the camping destination by walking to it. If you are possible to walk for about 1 or 2 hours, that will be a good thing to do to get the body’s toxic out through your sweats.

You will also doing that by breathing the very best and fresh air you haven’t been inhale for so long. That fresh air is also can helps increase your brain’s oxygen level so you will not only feels washed away by nature but also to help you think clearly than before. Hopefully, all the fresh air you will breathe in will also get rid off the dark mist in your mind so the stress can really be gone or drastically decreased.

Camping is also an easy trip for everyone. As I have mentioned before, you can even experiences it at your backyard.

The gears and items that you will bring should never add some stresses because you may only need a backpack to pack all of the goods you need to bring. Even, in today’s travel history, we have been introduced to a hammock camping where you can be out there in just minutes without packing all the goods that most of the times you don’t really need them.

It is also my self recommendation for you to hang out at the wild and enjoy the silence by your own to make yourself experience the calmness and peaceful state of mind. Later, you may will forget about the stress you’ve got before and start seeing and thinking about many things differently and positively.

So that, for the next time if you are getting stress again and no one can help you, simply help yourself by giving it a retreat from routines by experience the camping trip somewhere else so you can also won’t addicted to medicines. It is better for us to be addicted to the high quality of nature, isn’t it? Anyway, camping can also be your door to start your own exploration.

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How to Stay Motivated to Have Meaningful Travel

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Lots of people say that traveling is primary not luxury anymore. Taking a break from the hustle and bustle on daily basis is important to keep you sane. However, it is not as simple as taking leave and have a trip to a place in your bucket list.

Sometimes, it is hard to ignore all responsibilities you hold from work and daily mundane activities. It makes you forget to take a break. As the result you no longer feel motivated to travel because you think you are too tired to do it anyway.

Traveling is like the process of recharging a battery. You need to do it once in a while to stay recharged.

How to build motivation to travel

Losing motivation is not something uncommon. Everyone must have experienced it in their life. Losing motivation to exercise, to eat, and to travel they deserve. It is humane after all.

How to get motivation to have meaningful travel

However, as mentioned above that traveling is as important as recharging a battery.

Even though you are not people person or don’t really like going out regularly, traveling can bring you positivity one way or another. Here are tips to rebuild motivation to travel:

  • Take a few minutes to relax and forget about every work you need to handle for the day. You don’t need to spend an hour. Just spend ten or fifteen minute to empty your mind from all hustle and bustle around you. You can do it in the morning after waking up or before sleeping in. During those times, try to think what you really want to do when you have spare time between your busy lives. Traveling must be one of them because sometimes it feels good to be in a place far from where your responsibilities lie.
  • During your spare time like lunch break, read some articles about traveling. You can research of some places to go even if you don’t have plan to travel anytime soon. While you researching, you will find some places you really want to go someday and it will motivate you to travel. You will find interesting points of the place that you want to visit eagerly.
  • For those who have tight schedule, it is hard to devote time for things like traveling. However, it is not as hard as you think either. You can always spare time to do the things that make you happy like traveling. Thus, try to pick a day and time you are not busy to plan a trip. For example, you can sue your time on social media to plan a trip instead.
  • Another thing to help you building motivation to travel, read travel books or blogs. Reading the other’s experiences of how they travel can build your motivation to the same. It will become easier for you to think that traveling is what you deserve as a break. You will find it easier as well to travel because bloggers usually put some tips and advices. Therefore, traveling doesn’t sound so bad anymore but tempting instead.
Travel & Leisure

The Right Accommodation in Bali to Get Healthy

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You may have never been thinking about this before, not many of us are considering that we will need the proper and right accommodation when traveling in Bali that is contributing for our health. And to ensure you that I am serious about this, I won’t talk about how the accommodation is designed and how clean it is to be stayed. Not really.

One of my main focus for this topic is that; the accommodation’s facility where you are possible for not only stay in comfort and luxury, but the facility will also encourages you to get healthy while getting some exercises.

Now, have you been known about what exactly I am talking about? If you are wondering too much about it, let me introduce you with the fitness gym at the accommodation.

Fitness gym as the facility for a healthy accommodation in Bali

Fitness gym as the health support facility for accommodation in Bali

Now, how many of accommodations in Bali that you have been checked before and got their own fitness gym? Be it the villas, hotels, beachfront condos, etc. There will only some of accommodations that are providing you such facility.

I think, it is important to think about this fitness gym since you may are traveling while in a diet program. You can also get benefits of it by giving yourself some exercises that can make your sweat out and keep you in shape ever since there are so many tasteful and delicious foods in Bali that are tempting your appetite.

Staying in such a healthy accommodation in Bali is also recommended when you are traveling with your friends where you can remind each other about the importance of keep healthy while traveling. And if you are agree with that, there is a healthy 3 bedroom villa Seminyak you can rent with your friends with its own fitness gym along with the facilities you can use for exercising.

If you will looking for the healthy accommodation in Bali for a group of people, many accommodations may are saying that what they have got are the healthier one because of the building design. And I think that most of the accommodations are actually have been well designed. But when you will ask them about the fitness gym or at least the facility along with the available room for exercising, I bet that there will only small amount of the stays among hundreds or even thousands that will show you what they have been prepared for you.

It is not an obligation for you to think about the healthy accommodation in Bali as what I have recommended. But if you could get one without even paying for a penny, don’t you think that will be the an advantage you can get while any other accommodations aren’t afford to have it?

While you are traveling, since you are moving here and there in almost every hour of your holidays in Bali, you may are thinking that you won’t need a fitness gym and you are not in Bali for exercising. But I am sure that when your accommodation can provides you that, you may find yourself in the fitness gym every single morning.

Travel & Leisure

Budget Travel: Alternatives to Hotels

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There are numerous alternatives to hotels that won’t sacrifice cleanliness, safety, and comfort
Restricting yourself to hotels have been cited as a costly mistake a traveler could make; especially if you’re one of those budget-efficient travelers who love to save as much as you can.

Alternatives to hotels

Hostels are always a great alternative to hotels

The general expectations for hostels would be shared rooms. But these days, a lot of hostels also provide private rooms as well. Private rooms are generally more expensive. But it’s great for people who need their privacy. Opting for hostels is a great way to meet fellow travelers.

Another great choice that’s becoming more popular: Apartments

It’s been known that sites like Airbnb are simply revolutionary. It changes dramatically the way people travel around the world. With home rentals, you can often both meet with locals and have a guaranteed place to stay.

For home rentals, it would be so much cheaper for groups or families since the cost is shared. It’s a more affordable option compared to staying at a hotel.

Say hello to Couchsurfing

This is probably one of the very few legit free ways to stay. This should not be your primary method of accommodation if you’re staying for a long time. A week stay in Couchsurfing, for example, is generally considered to be quite long.

A lot of hosts only allows you to stay two nights at most, initially. You need to remember that everything is up to your hosts. And with everything that comes without a price tag, it has certain expectations imposed on you.

It’s your job to find out about this. For example, some hosts clearly stated that you need to pay for meals, then go out to find other dining options if you’re not interested in what they offer. But the most general expectation from the Couchsurfing community is the interaction with hosts.

Sure, it’s free.

But that does not mean you can just use their place to crash for the night and then leave. Be courteous to your hosts. Interact with them on a regular basis. Bring them some simple gifts from your home country. And it does not have to be expensive gifts. Even unique snacks or food are sometimes a good choice.

There’s a general rule of couch surfing, which is also the very foundation in which the community is built; sharing. You’re generally expected to socialize with your hosts. The community is founded through communication. As with any community.

Share stories. And in turn, listen to their stories. It can be anything from your travel experiences to random things about yourself. If you’re new to traveling or the travel community in general, then ask questions! Chances are, people who decide to host are travelers themselves.

It’s an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge from fellow travelers. make good use of it.

If you and your hosts get along, you may even be allowed to stay for a longer period! This is also a great way to meet the locals. As long as you do it right, it’s beneficial for both solo travelers and groups alike.

Home Improvement

Brings Home the Portable Parachute Hammock

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Mostly, when it comes to talk about the hammock, many of us will think about the escaping plan from our daily routines. We will need a holiday and we are thinking that a parachute hammock should be taken out there, as if using it at home is not something recommended. In the other hands, we have been known that it can be setup anywhere.

So that, stop thinking that the portable parachute hammock is only fits for a variety kind of outdoor activities, nonetheless that will be some good things to experience to say the least.

brings home portable parachute hammock

But I would be understand if people are still saying that the great outdoors is actually has been always the common habitat for a hammock. It is understandable when you are resting your back while being suspended on a hanging hammock out there, breathing the fresh air while looking up the blue sky are the things you really want and also hard to beat. Many of us wants that badly!

However, we could do and have more than that, and we don’t really have to wait for the holidays just to use and start taking advantages of our own portable parachute hammock. Never start to draw a line and put a limit for yourself, you could get more amazing experiences along with the benefits as well by bringing your hammock to the indoors.

So far, one thing that I admiring about life is that, human being can be amazing. We are so creative for sometime without getting apart the silly things that we have been done before as well. Since long ago, our home is always been the great space to growing up. And we can really getting through it in more fun and relaxing way by hanging the hammock inside.

Welcome home for the portable indoor parachute hammock

I’ll guide you how to getting started with it.

When using the portable parachute hammock at your home, the first thing you can do is that to choose which room and space will be used to set it up. It doesn’t matter if you will have to move the furnitures around if the spot you have chosen will needs that. You should as well considering about the spaces for the hammock itself and the extra space to have so you can move comfortably inside the room.

After that, you can then start getting your hanging kit on the walls or if you have been get your own stands for mounting the hammock, then you are good to go.

If you have been mounted up the hammock as what it should be, the suspension is also has been well adjusted and ready to use, then you can start bringing in all the stuffs or extra items to be put in it. It is highly recommended that you brings extra blanket, the sleeping bag if you have got one, pillows, any other smooth and silky fabrics that can make your sleep even better. Just imagine about sleeping on the clouds and that what you are going to try, resting while being suspended on a light and relaxing day.

Get your own meals as well, one or two snacks is always better just before you can fallen asleep.

Doing this, not only you can take advantages of what you can get from the portable parachute hammock that usually being used at outdoors, but you can also have something better to spend your time at home where I think that suppose to be something better as well.

Brings home the portable parachute hammock is not only referring to make our stay as the place to store the stuffs like hammock and anything, but also to tone up the better way to stay at home itself.

Fashion

Traveling to Europe: What to Wear?

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If you’re wondering on what you should wear in your upcoming travel to the European countries, then it’s good that you come prepared. It’s no secret that Europeans seemed to dress better than Americans. But rather than competition on who dresses better, their put-together look all comes down to style.

Clothes when travelling to Europe

And definitely the choice of clothing items they decide to wear. Going to Europe soon? Read on.

The European everyday style

Compared to how they dress in the United States in general, people in Europe are notably more dressy when going outside. Or even just in their day to day life. You’ll find very few, if any, locals wearing just sweats unless it’s really put together.

The pressure! But don’t worry learn a few handy tips and you’re going to be set.

Pick clothes that you’d normally chose to go to work. Think of that blouse with just a bit of lace accents. Or a peplum or perhaps that tunic. A cami top or an off-shoulder during the warmer months.

Got some ideas of the outfit? Now you can work from there to create a dressier packing list for Europe. And one that does not deviate too much from your comfort zone or make you feel like somebody else. Go through some trial and error to create a balance.

Some pressure to keep up with the stylish locals

But they may be good pressure. Especially for people who love to dress up and be dressy, walking down the streets in Europe and people-watching is a pleasant activity in itself.

And when you’re traveling, you’re learning more to keep your very own comfort while accommodating the style.

Think of the surfaces you’re going to walk on

This may be a surprise to some travellers. Surfaces that are difficult to walk on especially on heels are in many parts of Europe. Paris is one of the notable cities to have cobblestone streets. They can be a real nightmare when you’re wearing some of those super slim heels.

Opt for dressy but comfortable shoes

If you love heels no matter what; chose big chunky heels instead. Or opt for wedges instead. A nice short-heeled bootie will set you off nicely. They can be worn during the day as well as for a fancy night out without sacrificing much of your comfort.

Especially when walking down the stone streets.

Winter means packing winter essentials

If you’re going during the winter, don’t forget to bring useful accessories that will save your life while you’re there. Don’t forget a pair of warm gloves and earmuffs. If you don’t like muffs, bring some hats that you know you’ll see confident in.

A beanie is comfy and warm but not everyone feels confident in them. It’s great if you can pull the look off! A dark-coloured beanie is my personal favourite. Other great options include but not limited to a fedora and a floppy hat. Look stylish in an instant with a put-together outfit completed with accessories that not only fashionable but also keeps you warm.

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Give Me 3 Minutes, I’ll Tell You Where to Rent the Photo Studio Bali

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Shooting images in a photo studio may sounds daunting nowadays. People will mostly take pictures at outdoors, somewhere else, especially when you are in Bali. You won’t spend your valuable times in a studio, will you?

However, we have also been realised that everywhere can be the great place to produce quality images. It doesn’t matter any longer to debating about where you are going to shoot, but how you will do it. Nevertheless, renting a photo studio sometime can be on your first priority.

There are some of photography studio rentals I have been known before in Bali. They are ready to serve any of us. Some of them can be rented per hour and some of them can’t allow you that but you will still can get the other photography packages.

When we are hearing about the photo studio Bali, then there will be 3 things that are coming to our mind.

First one, surely that there will be photography package for various of events whether you can take images indoor or even hiring the photographer to do the shoot somewhere else.

Secondly, as one of the main purpose of a studio itself, that is mostly to be used for taking professional images of a brand. Be it the brand ambassador, the products or services, many businesses and also the photographers are in need of a studio to get the high quality photos for various businesses.

Finds a photo studio Bali for various purposes

Last but not least, there are also many of the businesses that are need that their high quality images have to be edited. For example the accommodation business such as hotels or villas, when you have the products and more. If there will be the editing services, then one of the place to finds one is at the photo studio Bali itself.

A photo studio for a photographer can be one of the main place to get the ideas and realised them all. It is a place to learn and dig into more creative thinking processes. Being at outdoors can also be the place to learn, but inside the photo studio, you won’t really understand about what’s going on in there.

So that, it surely will be the great thing if the photographers will have their own photography studio, nonetheless it won’t be an obligation at all.

For your information, don’t get me wrong about this. I am not comparing about taking images in a studio and at outdoors. Each of them have their own advantages and obstacles, so, one thing can’t be better than another. Both of them are better for me.

Taking images in a studio will mostly allowing us to control every aspects of what are in there. You can say that it is a fully controlled environment where you can control almost anything of your image productions. While shooting images at outdoors will makes us worrying about the temperature, weather, unwanted objects and many more.

If you are interesting about this and you will needs one, you can try to find a studio Bali at Jl. Gunung Soputan, Teuku Umar Barat, Seminyak, at the main street of Kuta and some more. Those places are really my recommendations where you can rent the photo studio or hire the photographer.

If you are preferring to rent a studio at Seminyak, you can try Kesato or the Le Studio. If you are heading to Kuta, the Bali Pro Photo Center may needs to be checked. At Jl. Gunung Soputan, you can try the 7 Arts Studio or you may want to know about the Momo Baby Photography nearby the Jl. Teuku Umar Barat.

Hope all of the short information above will helps you a bit in finding your favourite photo studio Bali that hopefully closer to where you are staying as well as offering the interesting packages, useful photography tools and many more.

Travel & Leisure

Travel Safety from Professional Agents You Should Follow

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When traveling, there are many possible hassles you may encounter. No matter what they are, your safety is your priority. Visiting new places especially for the first time can be overwhelming that you sometimes forget about your own safety.

Important travel safety tips from professional agent

The excitement sometimes overcomes your awareness of the threats around you. Of course, being paranoid is also not the best thing to do when traveling because it can kill the fun. However, being aware of your surrounding and more guarded can also help you to avoid problems that risk your safety. It is important matter especially when you are traveling solo.

Important travel safety tips from professional agent

FBI and CIA agents are professional who work in various situations. Their work requires them to travel from one place to another. Their safety is priority especially when they are undercover. You don’t have to be as guarded as CIA or FBI agent when traveling.

However, their travel safety tips will be helpful for you to keep your safety. Even though you don’t own skills in martial art to defense yourself, at least you can learn a thing or two about keeping you safe since you leave your home until finishing your trip. So, what are some of the helpful tips to use for traveling?

We all do need to make sure that it is highly advisable to blend with the locals. You need to avoid wearing clothes that scream ‘i am a tourist’ when traveling. Maintaining low profile is highly advised because you don’t want to draw attention to yourself. If you dress like a tourist, you will become the target easily.

It is also important not to show too much eagerness when you visit tourist attractions. People will recognize this behavior as the right target for crimes aimed to tourist such as theft or pickpocket. To blend perfectly with the locals, you need to do your own research. You need to know how the local dress and what customs they have.

It is also recommended to plan everything in advance instead of doing it on the spot. For example, you can book hotel room and transportation prior to your departure. The arrangements will help you to plan your itinerary. This way, you will never leave your home without contact details for every stage of your itinerary.

During your trip, it is important to stay aware of your surroundings. It doesn’t mean you need to always have bad thought of people around you. However, you need to stay alert to avoid unnecessary problem that may arise when you lose your guard.

Find potential threats within the locals in advance so you will also be more prepared of what to do when you visit the place.

The last but not least, always inform people at home before you leave. You need to inform them of where you go and when you should be back. Thus, you will get help if something is off the plan. The most important point to guarantee your safety during your trip is to always plan everything in advance.

Lifestyle

Start Using the Eco Backpack Now and Be More Friendly to Environment

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Everyone has responsibility to preserve the environment. It is not only the job for certain people or government institutions and organizations. It is all of us duty. When it comes to talk about the sustainable fashion, shirts, pants and shoes are usually the first thing come to our mind. But, we need also concern about the green accessory like the backpack. We need to start using the eco backpack to be more friendly to our environment, our planet.

Using the ecological accessory like the backpack have more benefits than you know. If you think it will really only like the regular backpack, it can actually be your shopping bag as well. That’s for true.

It is because many of the eco backpacks are foldable and compact where you can bring one to anywhere in traveling or shopping. I am not a fashion expert but I do believe that it won’t put you in shame when using it. And no matter how light and thin it would be, the backpack is also super strong that can even carry around a dozen of kilograms.

We need to start using the eco backpack to make a better quality environtment

We have known that the usage of cotton fabric have long gone, so there is the other alternative materials that can be used. The one that is increasingly high on demand is the nylon that is standing for the vegan products with less environment impacts. I have found the eco backpack made of the silk nylon parachute fabric that is rot-resistant and is also washable. You can use the vegan backpack in style while keep on contributing to a better future. It is not a perfect one, but it is getting better than the older product.

It is devastating to me knowing that what we do can really harm the surroundings. I myself have no solution for all the environmental issues, but at least I know that using the eco backpack won’t make me as an environment destroyer.

We have known that every single materials taken from nature will slowly damage the life order and quality of environment. Animals, organisms, plants and trees, will be threatened their life by human. So that, using the eco backpack itself is not only considered useful for us, but also reversing the quality of environment itself. We are going to make the planet great again!

We are no longer need how good and best the backpack is for our life, our fashion, and more, but we should be thinking that what we are going to do and get is the best useful thing in life. If the backpack can be part of your lifestyle, you may are thinking and trying to combine that you will get the one that is not only fashionable and also eco-friendly. But, even if you could only get one option, make sure that maintaining environmental quality is always your priority.

Anyway, many people may said that the nylon itself is actually the synthetic fabric that can be formed into various shapes and fibers. For short, it is fine when you are also considering it as the plastic material that is shaped through melting process. Still, it can actually be one of the solution and alternative for us to get all the benefits of the eco backpack while reducing and reusing the plastic waste. That’s how recycling is working right?

So, for those who are really need the backpack for any activities like traveling, shopping, hiking, jogging, camping, etc, keep in mind to think about the ecological backpack for all the items you should bring. I think that will be one of the ethical ways to live and to provide the better future for our generations.