This year is going to be another banner year for domestic and international travel, according to travel agencies. If you’re considering taking your first trip to Europe or even throughout the U.S., these travel tips will help you have a stress-free journey.
In terms of luggage, two lightweight suitcases – one small, one large – will be enough. You’ll want to use the smaller suitcase for everything you will need after a day of being on the go such as your nightgown, robe, folding slippers, toothbrush and toothpaste, and cosmetics. Remember, after you’ve been visiting sites all day, you’ll be too tired at night to spend time rummaging through a big bag for your essentials. All of your other items, such as your clothing, should fit into your large suitcase.
Efficient packing is all about using space economically. To that end, pack only travel-size personal items such as shampoo, toothpaste, soap and facial cleanser. When it comes to a toothpaste, choose one that will combine brightening your teeth and freshening your breath.
Be sure you remember to bring a travel alarm clock. Your concierge can be unreliable when it comes to waking you up on schedule, and you don’t want to miss your plans. When you’re out and around for the day be sure to carry enough cash to cover expenses for a couple days, but no more than that. Use traveler’s checks instead of cash whenever possible. As you find yourself needing cash, they are easy to exchange. Carrying a credit card would also be a good idea. Bring one card which is recognized internationally, and don’t bother with any others.
By following a couple safety precautions, you won’t end up making yourself a target. Make sure you don’t allow your purse to dangle from a strap over one shoulder. It is safer to carry your handbag by crossing the strap over your body, or tucking it under your arm. Also, carry your wallet in a front pocket if possible.
Your billfold will be doubly safe if you wrap it in rubber bands. This way, if a pickpocket does make a grab for it, it won’t be as slippery and you’ll feel it being pulled from your pocket. You do not need to carry sentimental or valuable items with you. Your carry-on bag should contain an extra set of clothes and other essential items.
You can travel with some useful accessories like miniature clothesline, clothespins, and inflatable hangers which are generally available for purchase at many notion counters. You will find these times useful if you need to rinse and hangup clothes at the days end.
Have some self addressed mailing labels on hand. These are quite useful when you want to mail things back to your residence. Most sales people will be happy to wrap your package for you and then just add the label. They also come in handy if you plan to send anyone post cards while you are traveling.
Keep your sales slips organized by bringing an envelope inside of your handbag. This will save time and make it easier when you’re going through customs. Your laundry, lingerie, shoes, and other items which need to be separated can easily be divided with a variety of plastic bags.
Your options could be limited, so if you have a preferred suntan lotion, be sure to pack it. If you don’t use trial sizes for your trip, be sure to at least get some empty plastic containers to fill with products that normally come in glass containers.
Finally, it’s wise to bring along clothing which can drip dry, and is resistant to wrinkling. You’re on vacation – washing and ironing are chores that you don’t want to be faced with. You also should attempt doing every single thing at your location. While traveling can be exciting, it’s also a great time to give yourself permission to relax and not feel the need to be “doing something” every minute of each day.