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Why Jandals should be your only travel necessity

Jandals (which is Kiwi slang for flip flops) should be included in every travellers backpack. Check out why in this post.



To paraphrase Forrest Gump, Kiwi’s and jandals go together like peas and carrots.

What are Jandals?

In fact, after just 18 months of travelling I am currently on my third pair of jandals.  The first pair, stock standard brown havaiana’s, blew out while I was working as a white water rafting guide in Jasper, Canada, during the summer of 2010.  The second were lost in the first backpackers in Edinburgh. While the third are still going strong, although they are on their last legs with no stone left unfelt while wearing them.

The history of where they first originated from may be sketchy but the term Jandal was first trademarked by the Skellerup company – one of the earliest manufacturers of the most common design – and is very rarely used outside of New Zealand.  

In fact there are a huge variation of different names from various countries, including the Aussies who being a little sun-touched, call them “thongs” which may in fact have come from them trying to convert the straps into something that they might consider comfortable around their nether regions.

No matter what you call them, whether it be jandals, flip-flops, thongs, go-aheads, clam diggers, chinelo, sandalia, slippers, tsinelas, sayonares, japonki or lapti, jandals are ALWAYS one of the first items I put with my packing list before I go anywhere on holiday.  There is no denying that they are a versatile and essential part of any packing list.  

Sure if you are headed to Antartica they might not be at the top of the list, but who wants to catch athletes foot in the shower. Especially when I don’t even think the freezing temperatures could kill those damn bugs.

Accordingly, the following are my top 9 reasons why jandals should never be left behind:

  1. They are light weight which means you won’t be paying any excess fees at the check-in counter;
  2. Can be packed / strapped / tied / folded into or onto any form of travel luggage;
  3. Match any style of clothing you may choose to wear that day or night (although girls always stand a better chance of getting into night clubs with them on rather than me);
  4. If you are in Whangamata on the Coromandel Peninsular in New Zealand then you can donate them to my parents to add to their jandal fence.
  5. They don’t leave the hostel room stinking like the rugby locker rooms after wearing them all day in 30 degree heat;
  6. Super fast drying so they can be worn in the wet saving your closed-toe shoes (Disclaimer: tend to lose their limited grip in the wet so don’t blame me…)
  7. Can be utilised as impromptu sports equipment, including bats, goal posts, frisbee’s and chew toys for the dog; 
  8. As mentioned above, by wearing jandals in the shower or around the pool, you don’t have to mix your own personal growth of athletes foot with others in public wet areas, thereby lessening the risk of creating super-bugs that will one day rise up against us all;
  9. And finally they are extremely inexpensive to buy.  Although if you can afford a few extra bucks then try to fork out for ones made of recycled materials such as tires as these will often last a lot longer as well.
On a final note maybe the reason why Kiwi’s and Jandals go together so well is that us Kiwi’s are so fashion confident we know that while the rest of the world continues to decide what is cool and what isn’t, we can stick with the tried and true and continue this strong tradition.  Just please, whatever you do, don’t try to claim that Croc’s are jandals, it’s a sin.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Simon P

    March 22, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Nice! I love my jandals. And crocs are indeed a sin – whether they’ve being lumped in the same category as jandals or just being worn.

    • Cole

      March 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      Haha love that we both agree that Croc’s are terrible 🙂

  2. Laurence

    March 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    I have some awesome jandals which I got in NZ, so comfy. Have to say, the first time I was in Oz I was somewhat shocked to be offered free thongs with a purchase.. took a while to figure that one out…

    • Cole

      March 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Hahaha yea the Aussies are backwards. Who wears thongs on their feet 😉

  3. Vicki Jeffels

    March 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Definately will be packing the jandals on my trip to Anassa next week.

  4. Ali

    March 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Funny post! I like flip-flops in theory, but I can’t walk around in the for very long. I definitely always have them with me for sketchy hostel showers, but for every day sightseeing, I need my sneakers.

    • Cole

      March 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      We live in our jandals (flip flops) back home! They are so easy to walk in but I agree that you need something else for long sightseeing days. I do get really sore feet if I just wear jandals.

  5. Sam

    March 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Great points for the jandal! Have to agree with everything including the crocs – who wears those? I recently did a post on shoes for backpacking ( and listed jandals as an essential – for many travellers all you need is one pair of shoes and one pair of jandals. Heck if you’re travelling in the tropics all you need is jandals.

    • Cole

      March 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Croc’s were definitely big a few years ago. I think luckily they have died off now!

  6. Laura

    March 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    I totally agree with your pros. I like wearing jandals with one exception: when I’m in a hurry, because I always loose them. Ok, this might sound funny, but I can assure you it’s not. Looking for your jandals in the crowds it’s a pain in the arse.

    • Cole

      March 22, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      There are definitely some downsides to always wearing jandals like if you are running or in the wet! They never stay on and are a serious safety risk.

  7. Wanderplex

    March 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Great tip. I always pack “jandals” or a similar type of footwear for use in hostel showers. I’m from Australia and I used to wear thongs all the time but these days I find they give me blisters if I try to do any serious walking in them – so they’re definitely not my primary travel shoe anymore.

    • Cole

      March 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      We used to live in our jandals as well until we moved to the UK! Now we hardly ever get to wear them 🙁

  8. Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    March 26, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Haha I love the photo of your jandals by the Eiffel Tower!

    • Cole

      March 26, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Cheers Bobbi 🙂

  9. Cailin O'Neil

    March 26, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    I want to see pictures of this Jandal fence!

    • Cole

      March 27, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      Haha I will have to get my Mum to send some over to us 🙂

  10. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    March 29, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    I love, love, love my flip-flops. But I have to admit that they are completely impractical in Buenos Aires where the sidewalk tiles turn super-slick with the slightest bit of precipitation (or when the store/ restaurant people wash them every morning).

    That doesn’t stop me from wearing them of course. I just walk a bit more carefully.

    • Cole

      March 29, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Haha I have had more than a few close calls on slippery floors with my jandals! A few stretched groins when one jandal takes off haha.

  11. Eric @ Trans-Americas Journey

    March 30, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Wouldn’t and haven’t traveled without flip-flops…except for backpacking when my sock-wearable, lighter than air, cushy Crocs come along

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      NOOOOOOO never Crocs! Hahahaha

  12. cheryl

    April 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    I love my flip flops too! I have a pair that have gone everywhere with me over the past year … my “go to” footwear whenever I’m travelling somewhere hot.

  13. Turtle

    May 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    True, they are essential. But I refuse to stop calling them ‘thongs’. I don’t care about the strange looks I get from people sometimes… especially the time I went in to a store and said “I broke my mate’s thong last night so I said I would buy him some new ones”. Ooops.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Hahahaha classic story! Never could understand why you Aussies like to call them thongs 🙂

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight



Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage



Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

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So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water



Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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