Sure, you're excited to get going on your travels, but what is that important thing you know you're going to forget at home? What was it that you swore you were going to remind yourself to do before leaving? These tips are my guidelines for a great trip - minus the stress!
I start to get really excited for an adventure about a week before takeoff, so all the preparations I need to make begin popping into my head around this time. Creating pre-travel lists is really useful for organizing those thoughts, and writing down an itinerary, packing plan, and any other helpful information will ultimately get you on the right track to a successful trip. The itinerary doesn't have to be expansive - it's helpful to even just have travel times, airport/driving and hotel information, and any important contacts all in the same place for your reference! And scheming a pack list in advance will prevent you from stuffing your luggage with unnecessary items, as well as remind you of the important items you need during your time away.
It is a really smart idea to make photocopies of important documents like your passport, ID, and credit/debit cards before your trip. If something happens to a piece of luggage or these items are forgotten somewhere, you'll have a backup of this critical information in another bag or suitcase. Even taking photos of these things and saving them to your phone may help you in a pinch! Just remember to keep track of copies containing sensitive material.
Finding good food on a road trip or in airports can be a big hassle (if there are any healthy options at all). Packing small sealed snacks like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit will give you a fast-acting energy boost and keep you satisfied without feeling gross about poor dietary decisions. After all, you don't want to arrive at your destination feeling bloated and greasy, right? Didn't think so! Keep the good travel feelings lasting through takeoff and landing by staying on top of your nutrition choices.
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If you're traveling with items of value like jewelry, electronics, etc, make sure you can keep an eye on these things. Putting such items in your carry-on flight bag or in your lap during other transportation will ensure that you avoid loss or damage as much as possible.
Alert your bank about trip information before leaving so that you have access to necessary funds and can avoid having to make pricey phone calls about recovering access to your finances while already abroad. Also, pass your itinerary along to a family member or friend so that someone knows of your general whereabouts in case someone needs to make contact.
Keeping a journal during your adventures is the best souvenir. Have it on hand to jot down the names of people you've met, places you've visited, and things that happened during your trip. Your memory will stay fresh if you can recall specific details about the travel experience!
Overcome jetlag by moving around! The best way to see most places around the world is on foot, so make sure you've packed appropriate shoes no matter where you're going. Also, if you tend to overindulge during vacation mode, you'll work off some extra treats by staying active.
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Sometimes things don’t always turn out as you hoped or planned - don’t let this be a hangup during your travels! Rather than dwelling on some negative things that may happen (maybe you don’t have steady WiFi or your air conditioning doesn’t get ice cold), try to remember that this is all part of the adventure! A sour attitude means you’ll be missing out on the magic of real travel experiences, and you’ll probably regret feeling peeved on the way back home. Laugh, move on, and make a great story out of an unfortunate situation!
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