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12 Travel Tips Too Simple to Ignore

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As fun as traveling is, nothing is worse than being unprepared for a trip the night before you are scheduled to leave or when you have already departed for your destination. Here are some valuable tips to stay ahead of the curve for your next big vacation.

  • Choose your rental type wisely. Not every hotel is great or affordable. In fact, vacation rental sites like Flipkey and TripAdvisor offer hundreds of thousands of great rentals that are often priced at lower rates and offer a more personal vacation experience.
  • Before you depart, make sure your iPod or musical device is charged and up to date with your new favorite playlist that is suited for your trip. As an example, I am taking a trip to the Southwest U.S. next month and have a full slate of Motorhead,Pantera, and U2’s “Joshua Tree” album ready to go.
  • Save images of anything important (i.e. identification, travel documents) to your phone or laptop to avoid carrying/losing hard copies.
  • “When in doubt, throw it out.” If you don’t need something for your trip, don’t bring it. Use that room to buy goodies on your trip and give your suitcase breathing room. The lighter you pack, the easier of a time you will have getting through airport security as well.
  • Keep hygiene products with your carry-on. If you notice no one has walked within 10 feet of you for an extended period of time, there might be a problem. Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cologne, and tissues are just some recommendations to avoid a worst-case scenario.
  • Iron your clothes ahead of time, or just wear non-ironable clothes. Roll the clothes in your suitcase so creases are less likely to occur and you have more room.
  • Universal power adapters, chargers, and batteries are highly recommended. For those looking to go all out, bring a power strip. Hotel frontdesks often have spares and will let you borrow one during your stay as well. Some vacation rentals may not however, so make sure you have backup.
  • Pack to adapt so that whatever the forecast is, you will be ready for it. This will apply to some locations more so than others, but make sure to have that extra lightweight jacket, sunscreen, or umbrella saved.
  • Prepare a budget for your trip. If you are traveling to a different country, research the exchange rate ahead of time. Make a souvenir list that you want for yourself and friends. Plan day-by-day budgets so you won’t be bankrupt.
  • Use Google Earth or Google Maps to research your location and the surrounding area before your trip. Not only are you less likely to get lost, but both applications include nearby restaurants and attractions that you can visit. Travel services such as Uber are also extremely valuable to get from point A to point B, so make sure you have those apps downloaded.
  • Bring Ziploc bags to preserve any valuable items or to keep toiletries organized. This will prevent losing items and will help to avoid scratches.
  • Don’t be afraid to go old school. If you want to rock a fanny pack to stay organized or buy a few disposable cameras for that must-save Kodak moment if your phone is dead, these could come in handy when you might least expect it.