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How to use luggage scales

Luggage scales are the unsung heroes of your holiday. Knowing how to use luggage scales, and getting a good set, saves you from all sorts of luggage-related hassles.

Avoid paying excess baggage fares and getting a nasty surprise when you get to the airport. Baggage excess charges can make that cheap flight you spent ages tracking down a lot less of a bargain.

Equally, for those cautious folks among us, make sure you make the most of your baggage allowance. You might weigh your luggage and find you can squeeze a few extra bits and bobs in.

How to use luggage scales: some tips and tricks

Luggage scales are much better and more accurate than the old “weighing yourself then with your suitcase” trick. Plus you won’t have scared yourself into skipping dessert.

Remember to take them with you for the return journey. So many people weigh their luggage at home and then leave their luggage scales. But the return journey is when you are more likely to be loaded up with souvenirs, mementos, items you had forgotten and then needed, shopping, and gifts. If you have a nice, lightweight set of luggage scales you should definitely slip them into your suitcase for the return leg.

Double check your luggage allowance. You might be remembering a previous time you travelled with that airline and they have changed since. Or remembering a different airline entirely.

Checking is especially important if you have transfers and will be using different airlines or modes of transport. Different airlines might have different limits, as might a coach, and so on. You need to pack to your lowest limit or adjust on the fly. Another important reason to take your luggage scales with you.

Make your luggage pull double duty and have as much stuff as possible be flexible, modular, and useful in more than one way. If you seriously need to keep the weight down – for backpacking or hiking – use kitchen scales and weigh each and every object. Then you can assess its usefulness to weight ratio.

Specifically, how to use luggage scales from Epic Traveller

Epic Traveller’s luggage scales are well thought out and nicely designed. The CR2032 lithium battery is much smaller and lighter than AA or AAA batteries and just as easy to get hold of.

The luggage is attached to the scales by a strap with a secure clip buckle. This is so much more flexible than the simple hook that some luggage scales come with. The strap and buckle accommodate different sizes and shapes and ways to clip your luggage to the scale. If you have unusual or unwieldy luggage this will work much better. And even if not, it’s much more secure than a hook – your luggage isn’t going to leap off and onto your foot.

Another great feature is that the main body of the scales swivels up so you can look directly down on the display when you are holding it. An incredible number of luggage scales have a display that faces outwards so you have to twist yourself to read it while also keeping your baggage off the floor, or it becomes a two-person job. With the Epic Traveller scales you simply lift your luggage and look directly down at the scales.

The display is on the main body of the scales which is subtly shaped like a handle in an ergonomic style that makes suspending even heavy luggage really easy and comfortable.

These fantastic luggage scales are so handy and easy to use. Get yours from Epic Traveller with free shipping to the UK.

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How to use ski straps

Two unassuming bits of fabric that can do so much: this is all about how to use ski straps.

They are not the most glamourous of accessories for the slopes. But in a realm of gear that is expensive and complicated, they are simple, straightforward, and cheap.

Ski straps are the unsung heroes of your skiing kit.

How to use ski straps to save your skis

Does carrying your skis around feel more like juggling them? Do they slip and slide? Do the blades get scratched as they bump and rub against each other?

Enter the humble ski straps. Use ski straps to pin down those skis and get them safely and securely under control.

The ski straps are just two lengths of fabric with an easy, quick-touch hook and loop fastening. Wrap them around your skis – one towards either end. Fasten them down and your skis are firmly locked together.

So now you only have one bundle of skis to throw over your shoulder, negotiate onto ski lifts, prop up at the bar, and travel in your luggage. They are safely strapped together so there’s less risk of them falling and being damaged. Less slipping out of your arms in an embarrassing display.

When stored or in transit using ski straps is equally as important. Even a small amount of friction can cause the skis to rub against each other leaving scratches and rubbing against the surface. Over time a tiny amount of damage can build into something more noticeable. It saves you having to wax your skis so often, or them needing other repairs.

So that’s how to use ski straps to save yourself some stress and your skis some damage. But what else will come in handy for your skiing adventures?

Other skiing accessories you need

In the spirit of keeping things simple, like the ski straps themselves, here are a few other handy bits of kit that will make your ski trip easier.

A travel clothes line is especially handy for a skiing trip. Hopefully your accommodation has some facilities for drying out your clothes. But maybe it is busy or full, or you want to keep some things privately in your room. Our smart travel clothes line doesn’t even need pegs so it is really easy to fit into your luggage. Use the hooks or suction pads to attach the line and twist your clothes in to hold them. Dry off and air out your socks, underwear, and any clothes.

A biometric fingerprint padlock has the cool factor as well as being really useful. It uses your fingerprint to unlock in less than a second. Much quicker than code or key padlocks. And there’s no code to forget or key to lose.

The right ski socks can be hard to choose and never more so than if you are a vegan. Most ski socks are made of wool but ours are synthetic for great breathability and comfort that is also vegan.

Don’t forget your portable luggage scales to keep track of your baggage allowance and avoid charges when you get to the airport.

There you have it: a quick primer on how to use ski straps and some other great gear for your skiing.

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How do camping showers work?

We love our camping shower but there’s a lot of confusion about them and how great they are. So we’re back to answer that very common question, how do camping showers work?

Camping showers don’t need any electricity or plumbing, making them a great choice for camping, vanlife, festivals, backpacking in hostels, the beach, and much more.

No electricity and no plumbing?

It’s old-school physics that gets the job done. Just the heat of the sun and gravity. Which also makes the camping shower very eco-friendly, fuss-free, and able to be used just about anywhere.

So how do camping showers work without electricity and plumbing?

The bag holds 20 litres of water. If you place it in the sunshine it will keep its warmth and heat up the water. Even if it’s not particularly warm outside. It uses light converted to heat rather than the ambient air temperature. Which is why the black colour on one side is important and you need it facing up to absorb all that light.

When your bag has been sat in the sun for a while you can put it in the right spot for your shower. You might be lucky and already in that spot. But mostly people like to be in a more private place tucked out the way when they shower. Which might mean shade.

There’s a handle on the bag to help move it and the bag is tough so will withstand a bit of manhandling, dropping, or being perched in a tree.

The bag needs to be hung or placed above head height to get a good flow. It can be lower but the flow will be weaker and you might be bending over.

Get the hose and showerhead attached and you’ve got a low-tech but fully functioning warm shower! How do camping showers work? Super simply!

Gravity will pull down the water and the flexible hose and head mean you can get a good clean. There’s a valve for turning the water on and off at the bag so you can switch the shower off and leave it for the next person. There’s a different hole to top the bag up with water so you can keep it running if you find a good spot.

Alternatives to a camping shower are less than attractive

Your epic travels might mean you can’t – or don’t want to – stop at a well-appointed hotel every night. When you want to get off the beaten trail, stop for the night and pitch wherever you choose, save some money by backpacking or hostelling, or enjoy the festival season, you don’t have many other options.

Those options might include not showering at all – which gets tired and smelly pretty quickly. Or a quick strip wash in a public toilet, over a bowl, or with wet wipes. Washing under a freezing cold standpipe, paying for facilities elsewhere, or sharing dirty facilities with thousands of festival-goers aren’t great alternatives either.

Now you’ve got your answer to “how do camping showers work?” you can get yourself a private, warm shower set up wherever you like. It’s a perfect travel companion, folding up small to slip into your luggage. And offering you a refreshing shower anywhere you choose.

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How do camp showers work?

Daydreaming about wild camping adventures this summer? You should look into a camping shower so you can set up camp wherever you like without having to worry about washing facilities. No more trekking to a shared cobwebby shed with a dribble of water, or scrubbing down under a freezing cold standpipe. You might be thinking, “Okay, but how do camp showers work? Are they that much better?”

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Where should personal attack alarms be kept?

Personal attack alarms are highly recommended to give you confidence and security when out and about. We’ve talked about “how does a personal alarm work?” but where should personal attack alarms be kept? Some of our advice was missing a good breakdown on where you should keep your personal alarm.

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Is A Backpacking Tent A Must For A Family Touring The Mountains?

The exposure to the infinite energy that prevails in the landscapes untouched by human filth is enough to bathe you in the shower of sound mind and health. You should submit yourself to nature so that the forces of nature can heal you. The magical touch of the characters healing power can empower you so that you can control your mind and choose happiness.

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Camping shower ideas for your epic travels

So you’ve got your great portable solar camping shower and you are ready to take unlimited warm showers with no need for electricity. You could just sling it on a tree and shower away. But most of us might want to think about getting a bit more privacy or a bit more cleanliness. So here are some fantastic camping shower ideas to really up your game.

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