With few days to go and lots to do before we leave for Reunion Island… I am beyond stressed as I have been working non-stop even over weekends and have barely had time to think about this holiday.

However, I have managed to at least scribble out a list of things to pack in-between work, taking a single 3 hour break, eating, taking Lexa out of the house so she doesn’t drive us mad and sleeping.

The biggest change in what I’m packing is that I’ve actually chosen to chuck in only jeans and T-shirts. Plus I only wear Jockey undies and they roll up so small… 1 pair of sneakers and flip-flops. That reminds me… I still need to print out medical aid documents…

Did I mention I’m only taking a cabin suitcase and bag for camera and documents?

SARS at the airport and the DA 65 form

You know, my back just went up when I read the horrible story of a guy having to pay R1,500 to bring his own old laptop back into the country. I mean really, for (bleep) sakes, it is stressful enough to travel and wonder what will get stolen at OR Tambo and not have to keep track of more forms for a trip. Seriously!

Anyway, download the form before you travel and complete it at home. You do not want to get into a situation where you have to fill in this form at the airport with all your electronics strewn on the floor – and forgetting something.

When you get to the airport and you are through the gates, get this form stamped at the SARS/customs desk.

I am nice enough to have found the link so you can download the DA 65 Registration of Goods for Reimportation form for airport customs.

Lexa is getting her first passport stamp – before she is 2!

So little Miss Lexa is the biggest issue because well, diapers and pram… I’m not going to wash clothes by hand every few days so I am packing enough clothes.

  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Sunhat
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and hairbrush
  • 1 x 48 bag of diapers with wipes and cream
  • 1 x pair of “closed” shoes and a pair of flip-flops
  • 12 sets of clothing
  • 4 sweater sets
  • 2 blankets
  • Travel sleeping tent
  • Stroller
  • Harness so she can run but not get away

What do I do with my cats while I’m on holiday?

My cats are very important to me and they actually get someone to come stay with them. I want to know that all 3 my cats are home and safe.


Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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