I know many of you will be traveling somewhere this Spring Break, so I wanted to give you all some of my quick tips for traveling. I’m no jet setting woman of the world, but I have learned a thing or two in my short travels that might help you guys out. These aren’t necessarily specific to spring break, just great tips I’ve learned for traveling in general.
Carry On Game – Maximum: If you’re traveling by air, make sure your carry on bag is really collapsible/pliable. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people struggle with the size of their carry ons and finding space for them in the compartment, and hassling with them when leaving the flight. That’s why I always usually use my backpack as my main carry on. I can generally get everything I need in that backpack, and it is super portable and fits easily into most of the overhead space, and if I do happen to have to put it under my seat/legs it’s not too uncomfortable. Plus exiting the plane is really pretty fast. I just get my backpack, sling it over my shoulder, and head out. Easy peasy.
Do Your Research I always make sure to do all my research ahead of time, especially when I’m flying. Take a quick look at the current regulations on flying, and things that you can and can’t take with you on the plane and have everything prepared ahead of time. This will definitely save you from any potential setbacks with security, fees, etc. This applies to your destination as well, do your research on the location, where you are staying, attractions etc.
Bring a Snack – When going on a long flight, or driving in a car on vacation I think that you should always bring some sort of snack along. In airports it’s crazy just how overpriced a lot of things are, you can save yourself some money by packing something quick for a snack like some almonds, dried fruit, a bag of jerky etc. Just make sure you’re not bringing the kitchen sink. On long car trips however, you can go a little more hardcore with your snacking. On the Art Clubs trip to Washington D.C. we packed a cooler with lunch meat, bread, cheese, water, and other snacks for the road. That way we could have sandwiches and chips etc. so we wouldn’t have to stop and spend money to eat places. Plus, if the place you’re staying has a fridge then you can have snacks during the day in your hotel.
Bring Your Own Water – This is a great tip I learned when traveling to Costa Rica, and it can really apply everywhere. When you’re packing for your trip make sure to include a reuseable water bottle of some type. This will let you be able to have water wherever, and you won’t have to be paying for bottles of water everywhere during the day. You can just refill your own. Plus you can get a filtered water bottle, so you can be sure it’s extra safe & clean.
Shop Around – When booking flights or hotels, sometimes it pays to shop around a little. Compare the prices of different airlines and hotels and see the price differences and if fees are included. Sometimes you can even fly a little cheaper if you book 2 one way tickets, than a roundtrip. You can also take advantage of perks like AAA to get you a potential discount on hotels and such.
Make a List – In the week(s) leading up to my trip I try to make a list of things that I need to remember to pack, like sunscreen etc, and add to it as I think of things. Usually if I just wait until I get ready to pack to think of things I need, I end up forgetting a lot. Making a list helps me not leave anything important at home.
Never Forget Your Flip Flops – Not only are flip flops one of the best things to run around in at the beach, they can keep your feet protected! I always bring along an extra pair to wear when I’m showering in a hotel or wherever I’m staying. I know I might seem like a paranoid crazy person, but I like to be on the safe side. Even in the cleanest hotels, you never know what fungus could be lurking around, just waiting to attack your feet!
Be Safe – If you’re traveling alone or with friends make sure that they know where you are, and you check in with them at designated times. It’s also a good idea to have the Find My Friends app (or something similar) enabled so they know exactly where you are. You never plan for anything bad to happen, but it’s always good to be prepared, not just for your safety, but to keep everyone together and your itinerary running smoothly. It’s also a great idea to make use of your hotel safe, and keep important things like your passports there in case something would ever happen.
The last and most important tip is to ENJOY YOURSELF! Get out there and enjoy your trip no matter what. Stop and see the sights, take lots of photos, and make memories!
Those are just a few of my travel tips that will definitely come in handy when you’re spring break-ing it up! Safe travels everyone, and stay safe!