5 Quick Travel Tips
I have been lucky enough to travel often and I was recently thinking about how there are many things I consider to be “common travel knowledge” that others might not be privy to.
Here are my top 5 Travel Tips:
- Always double check your reservation information: Be it flights, rental car, hotel, etc., you want to make SURE that all your ducks are in a row before you leave. Get confirmations of any modifications to your reservation(s) in writing or email form. Print these out and keep them in a travel folder that you can easily access during the trip. You might not need it, but JUST in case, it’s good to have handy. This tip is crucial! For me, personally, “taking someone’s word for it” isn’t going to cut it.
- Download any applicable travel apps: I can’t tell you how many travel related apps I have on my phone. These apps are great because I can easily check-in, check the status of my trip, book a dinner reservation, etc. with relative ease. There are also some hidden benefits of using certain travel apps. One hotel chain gave me a free room upgrade just for using their app! The TSA App is also VERY helpful for air travel. It makes it easy to find out what type of liquid/food you can bring with you through security and how large is too large of a liquid for a carry on.
- Pack efficiently and for the weather: I will be the first one to admit that I am not very good at packing efficiently—I know HOW to do it, doing it is another story. When it comes to packing do a weather check ahead of time. You want to know if the location you are going to is hot in the morning and then cold at night or vice versa and pack accordingly. One thing I try and do when I know I don’t have much room in my suitcase is to try and pack in a color scheme. That way I only need one or two pairs of shoes (obviously one pair will be running shoes) that can match with all the outfits I have packed. This also allows me to limit the accessory items I need. If they can all match the color scheme that’s efficient (ha-ha). Also, learn to roll your clothing. A long time ago one of my students did a “How to Pack” informative speech and rolling your clothes take up less space in the end. It’s been a space saver for years now when I pack.
- Have cash: I know, I know, so many people would rather use cards for the ease of use factor, but I hate being caught without cash on a trip. I like having small bills (in addition to the usual $20 bills) to tip a driver, a bell hop, etc. Having cash is also great if you have to go out to large group meals on your trip. Sometimes it’s a lot easier to just have cash to pay for your tab than sit there and worry about whether or not your card got charged correctly.
- Ask for local advice/insight: I like to ask around at the front desk, or if I am in line at a local Starbucks, someone I consider to be a local, where they recommend eating or visiting. I assume that these people know all of the “hidden gems” their city has to offer, you know, the hole in the wall that you would probably drive by and not stop in but actually has the BEST –fill in the blank- in the country. Additionally, I like to use the Food Network On the Road App (pre downloaded thanks to #2 on my list) to see if any local places have been visited by some of my favorite shows.
I know that there are a variety of tips out there for travel, so share yours with me!
Where is the best place you have travelled to?