Travel is packed with major decisions — like which country to visit, how much to spend, and when to stop ready and finally make that all-important airfare purchase. Yet beyond the big picture, it’s the little things that can make a trip easier and less stressful. Following are 15 simple but clever tips to smooth the way on your next holiday.
Pack essentials in your carry-on
Recent stats show that, on average, at least one bag on every flight is lost or delayed. If will be certainly anything you can’t live without, pack it in your carry-on. This is also true of items that are not easily or inexpensively substituted, such as running shoes or a lightweight raincoat.
And you’ll get through airport security faster if you pack your travel bag more efficiently. For illustration, have your quart-size clear plastic bag with liquids and gels packed in an outside pouch or right near to the top of your bag so that you can certainly pull it out for screening. See Packaging Tips and What Not really to Pack for more ideas.
Know your hotel information
- your baggage is lost or delayed;
- you miss your connection and will be late checking in; or
- you will a destination you’ve never went to before, you’ll want to obtain complete contact information for your hotel on your person. Before you leave home, print out the hotel’s name, address and phone number, and program these into your cellular phone. It’s also a smart idea to print out a map of the hotel’s community, whether for your own use or to show to a confused truck’s cab driver.
Take old money with you
Exchanging overseas currency after you have returned home is an inconvenience, especially since almost no-one usually spends any time in an actual bank these days and nights. Why else do so many travellers have so much funny money kept?
If you travel in foreign countries with any frequency, and have any stray international currency lying around, take it with you the next time you mix international borders. Then, when you get some local currency, you can exchange the money from any other country at the same time.
Mark your bags with an easily recognizable item
The times of flower-pattern steamer trunks are gone; now we all buy our luggage at the same stores from the same manufacturers.
The actual result: an endless stream of practically identical hand bags on the baggage slide carousel. The solution: mark your bags by tying a colourful ribbon, stitching a special patch or placing a sizable sticker on your bags. You won’t see other passengers pulling your bags from the carousel to check for their very small name tags, and you will have the ability to see your luggage come out the threshold from miles away.