Going In Style Travel Tips
TRAVEL TIP: Even when traveling to warm destinations it is still wise to bring a waterproof jacket for layering. Weather can be unpredicatable and many indoor places such as malls and cinemas are chilly from air conditioning.
TRAVEL TIP: Take the time to research your destination and any possible travel warnings. Make sure you bring a list of the consulates with you.
TRAVEL TIP: Leave expensive jewelry at home - this also includes expensive-looking jewelry. You don't want to make yourself a target.
TRAVEL TIP: If travelling with a laptop be sure to back it up before you leave home. The travels can be hard on a computer and you're more likely to have something go wrong while traveling.
TRAVEL TIP: Take 20% more money than you think you'll need. Also, keep your money with you at all times, but not in the same pocket or money belt.
TRAVEL TIP: Soothe insect bites by washing the area with soap and water and applying a cold compress to the area. This will reduce inflammation and numb the nerves.
TRAVEL TIP: Pack clothes you can wear more than once and work of a neutral color for layering so you can adapt to varying temperatures.
TRAVEL TIP: In case of an emergency it's a good ideas to leave copies of your itinerary, passport and visas with family or friends.
TRAVEL TIP: If you require medication, take enough to last the whole trip, plus extra. Know generic names and carry a prescription in case you have to buy more medicine while abroad.
TRAVEL TIP: When going through TSA security, always bring a self-addressed stamped envelope with you. If TSA personnel take something, they can send it back to you in your envelope.
TRAVEL TIP: When traveling abroad make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa, if required - don't forget to fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
TRAVEL TIP: When packing for long trips, plan on washing clothes instead of packing more. Bring with you individual packs of Woolite for washing.
TRAVEL TIP: Take your toiletries in travel-size containers to save space. Remember to seal up containers in airtight plastic bags to prevent leaking in your luggage.
TRAVEL TIP: Pack your toothbrush, soap and an extra pair of underwear in your carry-on in case your luggage doesn't make it to your destination.
TRAVEL TIP: For extra security carry your valuables in a hidden money belt - most travelers find the waist version most comfortable.
TRAVEL TIP: Wrap breakables in socks and tuck inside the shoes in your luggage - this offers great protection and is a handy space saver.
TRAVEL TIP: Roll your foot over a cold can of soda after a long day of walking to soothe tired feet.
TRAVEL TIP: Prepare yourself for a long flight. To avoid additional stress make sure your luggage is packed days ahead of time and arrive to airport with plenty of time to spare. Check in electronically through the airline's website to minimize standing in line at the airport.
TRAVEL TIP: Rolling your clothes will help reduce wrinkles and also takes up less space in your luggage. TIP: roll your tees and heaver shirts together, lay the tee on top and roll it inside the heavier shirt.
TRAVEL TIP: Be aware of the weather, make use of items that can be worn in multiple ways and think comfort if a lot walking is included in your plans. Layers are great, it's usually a good idea to have some sort of light jacket or sweater.