Last night I left Singapore and flew to Hong Kong. I had a great trip to Singapore and Hong Kong is going well so far. However, in my trip to Singapore I learned a couple of important lessons.
Like most travelers, and particularly most backpackers, I tried to lighten my load and carry as little weight as possible. So when I was packing for Singapore and Hong Kong, I thought to myself, those are both modern clean countries and the food will be safe and healthy, so I don’t need to bring prescription pills for stomachaches or other similar afflictions. This assumption seems to make sense coming from Mainland China. However, for a day and half I was the most sick to my stomach I have ever been while traveling and have continued to be somewhat ill since then. You can bet I definitely wished I had brought those pills with me. So my first lesson is, it’s better to carry around a few extra items than to sacrifice a day of the trip to illness and to feel extremely sick. And, I guess also I shouldn’t make assumptions about quality of food and water because it is possible to get sick anywhere, anytime. So from now on I shall carry my extra medicine to ward off illnesses and other ailments.
My second lesson is about the importance of preserving and carrying along 2 very important documents associated with electronics, namely a purchase receipt and a warranty card. Panasonic, for example, has a 1-year global warranty where they’ll repair your equipment for free, whether itâ€™s your fault or due to product malfunction, provided you can show them those documents. If all electronics companies have as valuable of repair-warranty policies as Panasonic, we may all start carrying those documents for our cameras, MP3 players, and other electronics with us while traveling. I learned my lesson to always keep the receipt and warranty card. Then I can scan them and at least have them easily accessible in electronic form, if not, in hard copy as well. And so maybe in the future I will save myself $200!
Unfortunately, these were painful (literally, in one case) lessons to learn, but if you don’t learn while traveling, what benefit is there? Itâ€™s like the commercial, ‘Live and Learn.’ In this case, I just hope you can take my advice and benefit from it since I have already learned the hard way.