I spent this past week traveling in New England. While on my week-long trip, I was praised for some of my packing and traveling skills I have obtained over the years. So here are just a few of my travel tips. Bon Voyage!
1. Packing Light
For summer trips, the key to packing light is to know the weather of the environment which you will be traveling to. Since I was in New England for the week, I could get away with packing 1 sweater, 1 jacket and 1 long pair of pants. Multiple simple tank tops and a few different short options= multiple outfits with minimal clothing to pack.
2. Clothing Rolls
I learned the secret of the “clothing roll” back in my overnight summer camp days. Rolling clothing into neat balls really is a space saver when packing. And there is nothing like just being able to bring a carry-on, whether it be a plane, train or bus. Checking bags wastes so much time when traveling and who really wants to lug around a big suitcase anyway?
3. Imodium and Dramamine and Advil
I always have these items in my purse when traveling. You just never know when your body is going to go loopy from switching up its routine.
4. Drivers License/Passport and Cash
Depending on where you are traveling to, make sure you always have your drivers license or passport on you at all times. Especially if you are going out of the country, having both on you is always a good thing as well as photo copies of both items. Even Caribbean Islands require passports so make sure you bring it! (I once almost missed a flight for someone forgetting theirs) Also, my wallet was once stolen in London and having a photocopy of my license saved my life!
Cash is always good to have on you when traveling as well. I rarely carry around cash these days, but when I travel I make sure to have a little something just in case. You never know when a machine will be down or you’ll need to tip someone.
5. Colorful Luggage or Tag
When you do have to check a bag, having a bright colored suitcase or unique tag/bow on your bag is so essential in finding your luggage at baggage claim. It makes life so much easier when you don’t have to pull off every black suitcase and check the name tag.
6. Phone Charger and book
Airports and various other travel ports are really great about having “charging stations.” Also many buses, trains, etc. have their own outlets equipped with their seats. Definitely a must to have in your carry-on when traveling. You never know when your battery is going to run out just when you need to be in touch with someone. I feel so handicapped in unfamiliar places with a dead phone nowadays.
But when your phone does die, a good old fashioned book will do the trick to entertain you. Not a Nook or Kindle, because that requires a charger too. You don’t want to be a hog at the charging station. Let your phone charge as you sit back and relax with a book.
I always travel with a scarf on. Since temperatures always fluctuate on planes, trains etc., scarves are lightweight enough to store in a bag and warm enough to serve as a blanket. Not to mention, scarves always make outfits that much cuter. ;-)
8. Go with the flow
From canceled flights, to broken down buses, to delayed trains— you never know what is going to happen when traveling. From experience, the best thing you can do is just sit back, relax and laugh it off. Once you’ve purchased your ticket and stepped into the station it’s all out of your hands from there. Enjoy the adventure. Traveling is always a story.