Tourism is filled with drawbacks. One wrong step and your vacation could be ruined. So, why not ensure a suave trip by exhaustively planning.
1– Don’t forget your camera or your mobile phone with camera, so your memories are now pictured
2– Get to the Airport Early. Lines could be much longer than you expect.
3– Always try to opt for the “nonstop” flights.
4– Make sure you buy your ticket under the exact name that appears on your ID.
5– Double-check foreign document requirements or you will get stuck at the airport in the middle of
nowhere you are familiar with.
6– Make a list. From clothes to toiletries, list everything you’ll need for your trip. Then lay it all out on
the bed, and check off items so you don’t forget anything. It’s also great in case your luggage is lost
or stolen, because you’ll have a record of everything you’ve packed.
7– Softly fold your clothes and pack them separately in travel envelopes or “pack-it” folders to avoid wrinkles.
8– Wrap each piece of jewelry in a napkin or tissue paper before placing them in a big Ziploc bag.
Feeding chains through straws and taping them at both ends will keep them from getting tangled.
9– Use your footwear. Wrap small breakables, like perfume or makeup bottles, in socks and pack them inside a sneaker or shoe. Carry a small travel care kit on long flights. It should contain lotion for
your hands, face cream, aspirin, lip balm, an eye mask and earplugs.
10– Use your carry-on case. Prop up your feet, and create your own “La-Z- Boy” reclining chair on the
plane or train.
11– Always bring a snack. A freshly made sandwich from your local deli will help you can avoid fast-
12– Always pack a hat. In the winter, a knit hat will keep you warm and take up little room. In the
summer, a brimmed hat will keep the sun off your face.
13– Packing for a trip is infinitely easier when you’ve just done laundry.
14– Bring a travel first aid kit with the following: pain killer, decongestant, bandages, cream and other
over the counter handy stuff.
15– Going somewhere with clean drinking water? Pack a reusable water bottle that clips on to your bag.
16– You will never wear that second dressy outfit, so stop packing it.
17– Bags with wheels are amazing.
18– Don’t forget your camera charger. You will go through that battery in a second, esp. when your
friends insist on flipping through all of the photos that you just took in order to relive something that
happened 5 minutes ago.
19– Don’t pack clothes that require ironing.
20– If you are staying with someone, get them a present. Either bring it from home, or take them out
during the trip, or send them something afterwards.
21– Never pack something that you haven’t worn before. Otherwise you’ll find your new shoes too
uncomfortable, your new jacket too flimsy, your new underwear too wedgie-prone.
22– If you hate wearing something at home, you will hate wearing it even more on a trip.
23– Pack those tennis shoes. At some point during your trip, you won’t care what you look like. You will only care about being comfortable.
24– Do not go into a McDonald’s. If you need fast food, at least hit up a regional chain.
25– Always ask museum staff for tips. They’ll tell you what the best exhibits are, and what you can skip.
26– Tip your hotel housekeeping staff. Leave it in a prominent spot when you check out.
27– Never carry your wallet in your back pocket, and never carry your purse on just your shoulder.
28– Take notes. As much as you believe the contrary, once you get home you will not remember your
tour guide’s name, or the artist whose worked you loved so much, or even the city where you stayed.
Write it down.
29– The second you think of packing something, PACK IT. If you wait, you will forget.
30– Wherever you are, wherever you are going, bring snacks.
31– Dry shampoo is a godsend for all your trips.
32– You will inevitably forget something, either at home or while on your trip. Accept this reality, and
pray it is not your passport or your spouse.
33– Call your credit card company before you leave and put a travel alert on your card. While you’re at it, jot down their international customer service number.
34– Make photocopies of your passport and leave one with friends and another tucked into your bag. Or, better yet, scan your passport and email a copy to yourself.
35– Pack more underwear than you could ever conceivably go through. They don’t take up much room and cleanliness always feels great.
36– Stuffing socks into your shoes can help you save space and ensure your loafers retain their shape