We have worked together to plan your next adventure, and now you have to prepare for taking your trip. Below I have compiled some ideas to help you think through what you will need to make your trip a success.
Document, Document, Document(s)!
The world has evolved into a mostly electronic marketplace. The technology that can fit in the palm of our hands can also act an organizer and storage for important documents. When traveling however, having a paper back-up can help you avoid unnecessary delays and headaches on your trip. Let’s talk about how to make the best use of both.
- Print out copies of both your hotel confirmations or paid vouchers as well as your flight itinerary.
- Print out copies of your travel insurance documents
- If traveling outside the US, bring a power converter, so you can utilize your electronics abroad.
- Prior to your trip, contact your mobile phone provider to ensure will have coverage your entire trip.
- Download a translation app so that you can navigate the city if you have not mastered the language prevalent in your destination.
- Put your room number & hotel address in your phone after you check-in.
Money makes the world go-round
- Alert your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so they will not refuse charges while you are on the road.
- Make photo copies of all your ID’s (passport, driver’s license, credit cards) and keep one copy at home and another in an area separate from your wallet.
- Consider pick-pocket proof clothing and RFID-protected money belts. Sadly, tourist are seen as targets by some, and we do not want your journey ruined by a thief. However you decide, have a secure way to carry your passport and wallet.
- Find a place to exchange money before you go abroad. If you have AAA, they can provide currency exchanges. It is usually cheaper to purchase money than to sell it. Just know you may lose some in the exchange, the trick is to find the lowest cost vendor. Your bank or credit union could also be an option. You should carry both the currency of the country you are visiting as well as US Dollars. In all cases, avoid large bills.
Pack Light, and Smart
- For longer flights, it is essential to have certain items immediately available to you, and not in your checked bag.
- Use a suitcase specifically designed for fitting under an airplane seat: 16 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches. One for the overhead bin can be as large as 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches.
- Put electronics, medications, toothbrush, and an extra outfit in your carry-on; If your checked bag is delayed, you will be so happy you did this.
- Limit yourself to two (2) pairs of shoes. Get travel clothing for the plane that is moisture wicking and breathable knowing you may wear them multiple times. Avoid traveling in cotton if possible.
- Consider compression socks; they are useful on flights as they promote blood flow by helping your veins and muscles circulate blood more effectively.
- A knit hat and scarf (your mode of transportation could get chilly)
- Create a travel survival kit: Melatonin, Tylenol, Benadryl, Pepto-Bismol, Neosporin, an eye mask, ear plugs, inflatable neck pillow (saves space when not in use), a thin travel blanket (the ones on the plane are not always cleaned between uses), hand-sanitizer, anti-bacterial cleansing wipes (to wipe down your seat, tray table, etc.), reusable beverage container (so you can avoid purchasing water).
Do you have other suggestions that have been proven essentials for the road? Let us know and we will add onto this list.