Traveling isn’t just about getting from point A to point B. The way that you get to your destination can set the tone for the rest of your trip. So instead of just grabbing a bag and hopping on the first flight you find, put a little bit of preparation into your travel plans. The effort will pay off big time!
1. Do your research
Before you spend any money, be sure to do your homework. With the number of choices you have for lodging and transportation, you can get the most bang for your buck by comparing prices offered by different companies.
2. Look for hidden fees
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Too often people discover hidden fees after they’ve already paid non-refundable deposits on airfare, hotel reservations and other travel costs. Always check an airline’s baggage fee before you pay for your flight. Staying at a resort? Budget Traveler recommended travelers ask about fees before booking.
3. Organize your documents
However you’re traveling, you’ll need to have at least one or two forms of identification. Keep any IDs and other important documents together in a safe place like a zipped pocket on the inside of your bag where they won’t get lost. It’s also a good idea to have a copy of any travel confirmations on hand.
4. Maximize your carry-on
Most airlines allow passengers to bring a carry-on bag and personal item free of charge. Make the most of that! Pack your carry-on with any items you need while you travel as well as a change of clothes and toothbrush in case your luggage is lost or delayed. If you’re traveling light, use a large tote as your carry-on. Once you arrive, it can double as a purse or beach bag.
5. Always bring a watch
Between time changes and the necessity of keeping your phone on airplane mode, it can be hard to keep track of time when you’re traveling. Keep an eye on the time the old-fashioned way with a watch. Whether you prefer an analog watch or a digital watch, BABY-G has you covered. The black series has fun animal prints if you want to bring a touch of the exotic to your vacation outfits.
6. Mix and match outfits
When it comes to packing, less is more. To keep your bag light, choose clothing that you can mix and match to maximize the number of outfits you can make from a few pieces. Choose a single skirt and pick two different tops that will match it. Or choose a cardigan that can be layered over a blouse to create a new look while reusing pieces.
7. Minimize toiletries
It might seem hard to visualize traveling without all of your favorite hair and body products, but when you’re working with minimal space, sacrifices must be made. Forbes Magazine recommended that travelers pack the bare necessities and rely on hotel toiletries to make up the difference. Hotel shampoo may not be your favorite, but it will get the job done for a few days.
8. Pack snacks
There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a train or plane while you’re hungry! Plan ahead and pack yourself some snacks so you don’t get trapped paying for ridiculously expensive food out of desperation. Dried fruit, nuts and beef jerky are all easy options for snacks on the go.
9. Drink water
Once you finally arrive at your destination, you don’t want to be tired and cranky from dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water while you’re traveling. If you’re flying, pack an empty water bottle and fill it at a drinking fountain once you pass security. Because it’s so easy to get dehydrated while flying, Travel + Leisure Magazine recommended travelers pack natural eye drops and saline nasal spray and avoid alcohol-based moisturizers in addition to drinking plenty of water.
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