Traveling is one of the most exciting experiences, whether planning to visit your family, go on a solo trip, or explore a new destination with your friends. However, the preparations for the journey can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to packing, arranging accommodation and flights, and ensuring you have all the necessary documents. With these travel tips, you can make your trip easier, more memorable, and more manageable.
Consider Using a Travel Agent
Although it is easy to book your travel plans online, using a travel agent can save you time and money. They have insider knowledge and can get better deals for flights, accommodation, and tours. They can also help you plan your itinerary and suggest the best places to visit.
If you are traveling with someone and planning on checking bags, cross-pack half of your clothes in each other’s suitcases. This way, if one of your pieces of luggage doesn’t make it to your destination, you both have half of your clothes.
Use an RFID Blocking Wallet
Protect your credit card information from thieves by using an RFID-blocking wallet. These wallets feature built-in anti-scanning technology to protect your information, and they look like any other wallet. Alternatively, you can wrap your credit cards in aluminum foil, but it is not as durable.
Wash and Wear Undergarments
Pack light and have clean clothes by bringing two pairs of wash and wear underwear and washing one pair nightly. Hand washing your clothes in a hotel sink or tub and hanging them up to dry is simple and can save you money and time.
Pack a Little First Aid Kit
Pack a first aid kit with medications and bandages, including meds for headaches, motion sickness, stomach issues, cough drops, and activated charcoal pills for diarrhea. Also, bring moleskin bandages for blisters.
Apply for a Credit/Debit Card That Has Zero International Transaction Fees
Avoid paying unnecessary expenses by carrying debit and credit cards that offer zero international transaction fees. Some banks charge up to 3% every time you swipe your card abroad.
Have Multiple Copies of Your Important Documents
Always have photocopies of your passport and other important documents in your backpack or carry-on. Take photos of all important documents and save them everywhere, including email and cloud storage. Also, give a second copy to someone trustworthy at home.
Charge Your Electronics Constantly
Intentionally charge your electronics in the airport, on the plane, in your hotel, and on and on. Bring a power strip to plug in multiple technologies at once. USB battery packs and power banks are also helpful.
Visit The Local Tourism Office
Local tourism offices are often underutilized resources for exploration. They can offer helpful advice on tours, free activities, dining, and special events during your visit.
Register for Global Entry or TSA Precheck
Simplify your re-entry to America by applying for Global Entry or using the app for Mobile Passport Control (MPC). Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that gives pre-approved travelers faster clearance through security and customs checkpoints. For primarily domestic travel, consider TSA Precheck instead, a similar program that trims your security line time and is widely available in the U.S.