With all that goes into planning a major trip for yourself or your family, it is no wonder that many people find the process overwhelming and extremely stressful at times. Fortunately, a little preparation goes a long way. For your consideration, here are the very best travel tips and tricks out there.
If you are traveling in another country and your passport is lost or stolen, head to the nearest Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible. Many times these agencies can issue a replacement in as little as 24 hours, letting you get back to enjoying your vacation quickly and easily.
When flying, always have a bottle of water handy. Drinking plenty of fluids will ensure that your body stays hydrated during the flight. The air inside the cabin is extremely dry, playing havoc with your body. Don’t substitute alcohol or caffeine for water, as this can make dehydration worse.
Packing light is key to making your travels as easy and free of stress as possible. Bring one carry on bag that includes everything you need, not necessarily everything you want. If traveling to cold weather, bring smaller clothes to create layers rather than big, space-consuming coats and sweaters. Your smart packing will pay off when you are happily carrying one bag around on vacation instead of lugging around multiple bags.
Study up on the area you are going to and take precautions to protect yourself from crime. Some tourist areas have especially high theft rates. It is very important to know about these things before you go. There are often simple precautions you can take to make yourself less of a target.
When packing luggage for your trip, store your socks in shoes. If you are packing more than one pair of shoes for your trip, save space back packing your socks and pantyhose inside them. Socks and pantyhose can take up a surprisingly large amount of space in your suitcase if packed separately.
If you’re going on a road trip but don’t have space to keep a cooler, there’s a simple way to make sure you have ice cold water on you trip! The night before you leave, fill some water bottles (but not all the way to the top!) and put them in the freezer over night. Take them on the trip with you the next day and they’ll slowly melt over the course of the day, leaving you with ice cold water.
If you or a travel companion is seriously allergic or sensitive to cigarette smoke, don’t just ask for a non-smoking room. Requesting that your room be located on a non-smoking floor ensures that your neighbors will not be smoking in their rooms when the doors are opened, and that smoke will not carry between windows of rooms on the same floor.
When booking a cruise, opt for a balcony room. They are only slightly more expensive, but tend to offer much more space and a gorgeous view. Just remember to securely lock your balcony door when you are finished using it, as thieves are known to jump from balcony to balcony to find an unlocked door.
If you are traveling in a car, take a bike with you. A bike will help you get exercise after a long day in the car, and it can also help you learn a little about the place that you are in. You will also be able to see more local landmarks than you would have in the car. Try to fit the bike in your trunk if possible.
You can never be sure how easy it will be for someone to contact you through your cell on a trip which means it is a good idea to leave a detailed list of your plans with a neighbor or friend. This allows them to attempt contacting you at a specific location in the event there is an emergency at home.
Always carry a little cash when you’re traveling. Credit cards and travelers checks can be very useful, but you will find that some places don’t accept them. You might not be able to purchase a meal on the airline with plastic and that little, out of the way restaurant that you find, likely won’t take it either. Cash is always accepted, no matter where you are.
Make sure that your passport is current and is not going to expire during your travels. If it is getting close to expiring you will need to apply for a new one. This process could take some time to get through and so you should apply for one three to four months prior to your travel date.
If you are traveling by air, you can go luggage free. It will save a lot of time and unnecessary travel. Ship your luggage, via FedEx or UPS, to your final destination. While it might cost a little more up front, it will be worth it over time.
If you are heading out on a road trip, have your car serviced and thoroughly checked over by a mechanic. The last thing anyone wants when on a road trip is a broken down car in the middle of nowhere. Even if you break down in a populated area, the cost and time spent on repairs can ruin a vacation.
When you are on vacation, do not bring more money with you on a day trip than you need. By having more money on you, you are just going to have the urge to buy more things. Also, you do not want to risk having all of your money stolen.
When traveling, keep all of your medications in the containers they came in from the pharmacy. Though it might be more convenient to travel with a pill box, keeping meds in their original containers will save you time at security. It also easily allows a physician to see what medications you are taking in the event of an emergency.
So whether you are planning a getaway for one person or for the whole clan, chances are good that you could use a little help in making arrangements that will go off without a hitch. Remember the advice in this article to keep things going smoothly during the course of your travels.