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5 important things to do before balik kampung

5 important things to do before 'balik kampung'

The road may be long and hard, but the journey is surely coming to an end. Don't forget these things that'll make the last mile better.

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Christopher Ng

31 May 2019

As Ramadan draws to a close and Eid al-Fitr is just around the corner, the highways, byways and any 'ways' that one can get back to their hometown will be packed. In a report by NST, PLUS estimates there will be 2.2 million cars on the road on the day before the eve and on the eve of Hari Raya itself.

So, in preparation for the journey ahead, we've cobbled up five things to remember before heading out.

Don't leave home without Sudirman
Long journeys can feel shorter if you have the right songs playing in the car. So, before you go, make a list of your favourite tunes to play on the way back. You might want to make another list just for Hari Raya songs to get you in the mood. Or, take the easier route by searching for playlists on Spotify; there are plenty.

Reload, reload
Soon, all reload counters on the highway will close for the holidays. And although you can still cue up at your petrol station or 7-11 to reload, why go through the hassle? Reload your TnG card or e-wallet now and don't forget to factor in the return trip, too.

Make a list, check it twice
That shoes for your baby brother? Check. Cookies for your aunts and uncles? Check. Duit Raya cukup? Check. It's best to make a list of all the things that you need to do before leaving because you don't want to reach home unprepared. Serviced your car yet? Umm…

Plan, plan, plan
PLUS have release suggested travel times, as they do every year, so you don't get too stuck in traffic. You may want to plan your journey home around that.

Look, no matter how safe and careful we drive, the knucklehead in the other car might not think the same way. And sometimes, how they cut in an out of traffic could drive you up a wall, literally. In situations as these, breathe in, get frozen and let it go. Or, ask your co-driver to whip out the smartphone to take a photo or video of the offensive driver and submit digitally to JPJ's Whatsapp. Instructions, here

One last thing, if you're non-Muslim and also heading back to your home town, we ask that you delay your journey until the first day of Hari Raya. Let's not clog up the highway with more cars on than necessary to give our Muslim friends a smoother journey home.

Contributed by CT