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Travel essentials

TIPS AND TRICKS  |  MAR 18, 2019

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Planning your travels doesn’t have to be stressful if you have a clear and comprehensive plan of what you need to do before you leave and what you have to take. Canal Walk is home to an abundance of stores that cover your travel needs from A to Z. So, if you’re in the process of organising time away, here’s a bit of advice on how to make sure you’re completely prepared.

Get more bang for your buck

If you’re in the mood for a holiday but have yet to decide on a destination, there are multiple travel agents in Cape Town with stores located at Canal Walk. At Flight Centre, you can get sound and affordable advice from well-traveled agents whose goal is to help you make the best decisions at the best prices. 

There are many reasons why you should use a travel agent. For one, they save you time and money. Planning a trip, whether it’s locally or overseas, can often be stressful. With a travel agent, you don’t have to waste hours online figuring out the best places to go, the best times to be there, and what you have to do and see once you arrive. Travel agents are also knowledgeable about the cheapest flights, holiday packages, and deals that would probably save you a substantial amount of money compared to planning it on your own.

Additionally, travel agents can also offer their expertise on your chosen destination so that they can create an ideal itinerary suited to your preferences. They can assist you with deciding on accommodation, places to avoid, and places tourists typically don’t know about. They would also familiarise you with cultural customs and travel tips from the time you leave, to the day you arrive home.

Finally, travel agents have access to discounted prices and packages that you wouldn’t otherwise benefit from. They also have various contacts within the location you’ve chosen that can arrange special deals tailored just for you.

Travel in style

Now that you’ve decided on a location and a date, you need to make sure you have the appropriate luggage to travel with you. Luggage stores in Cape Town are teeming with high-quality, durable and safety-conscious designs. Once you’ve finished meeting with your agent, take a look at the following retailers.

Frasers is another store selling over 60 brands both in a variety of designs and at competitive prices. That way, you’re never out of choices. With a massive range of products in different sizes, looks, and capabilities, you can be sure that you’ll leave with the perfect suitcase. Additionally, there are always in-store deals for your benefit, so don’t forget to ask if you do decide to pop in for a purchase.

Finally, it's time to pack

When the time arrives for you to get on a flight and finally go on that trip you’ve been planning, it’s important to make sure you have everything you need. Take some time to research clothing, accessories, and extras you’ll require specific to your time away. Consider factors such as the weather, activities you’ve booked and pay special attention to the things people generally forget when they travel. That way, you won’t be caught in a panic when you’re far from home.

If you’re missing clothing and accessories necessary for your travels, Canal Walk is comprised mostly of clothing stores for anyone and any occasion. Take a look at Woolworths and Cotton On which are fantastic stores for men and women who enjoy keeping up to date with current fashion trends. Additionally, there are options such as Mr Price and Pick n Pay Clothing, which sell great clothing at more affordable prices.

You can expect to be doing a lot of walking while traveling, so you’ll need a pair of walking shoes. Remember that you need to protect your feet, so consider factors such as comfortability, size, and ensure you select a pair that will support your heels.

Canal Walk offers a few shoe stores that would gladly assist you in finding the perfect pair. For example, Archive has some of the best footwear in South Africa, retailing major brands such as Puma and Nike. Otherwise, Footgear also offers fashionable footwear at affordable prices for the seasoned shoe lover.

Carry on - what you should take

For flights both short and long, there will always be ‘carry on’ essentials that you should know about. From the basics to comfort and entertainment. We have the perfect stores for you that offer trendy, out of the ordinary travel accessories that you’ll absolutely love.

Cotton on is the parent company to Typo, which has swiftly become a true favourite in Canal Walk, selling products ranging from notepads, water bottles, luggage tags, travel pillows, backpacks and more. In terms of travel stores, Typo should be your go-to. And although their products are typically targeted at young adults, we believe they have products everybody would love.

Then you need to find the right entertainment for when you travel. And what’s better than a good book on a long flight or for that pit-stop at the hotel’s nearest coffee shop? It is highly recommended to stop by Exclusive Books if you’re on the prowl for a good read. Every bookworm will tell you that if there’s something you’re specifically interested in, they have it. Guaranteed.

Bet you wouldn't believe that one shopping centre had it all. But we do. Whatever it is that you may need, you won’t have to make more than one stop. We believe that travelling is an opportunity to escape your daily stresses and to explore everything the world has to offer you. So, if you want to avoid the smaller worries involved with getting to and from your selected destination, be sure to follow our travel essentials guide. 

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