Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, heading away from home can be stressful. With regulations on everything from how heavy your suitcase can be to what you can and can bring past security, it is more important than ever to pack wisely and show up prepared. Before you head out on your next adventure, consider these savvy traveler tips.
One of the most important things you can do when traveling is check your airline’s regulations regarding the weight of your suitcase. You also need to make sure that your carry-on luggage is regulation size; otherwise, you risk it not fitting in the overhead bins or under the seat in front of you. Before you begin throwing things in your suitcase, check out these tips for smart packing.
- Packing Secrets from Savvy Travelers One of the numerous tips discussed on this blog recommends that you pack half as many clothes as you think you need and twice as much cash. You can buy anything you need while you’re traveling.
- Know Before You Go: The Top 5 Airport Travel Secrets Each of the tips on this blog has a video that explains why the tip is important.
- Do You Know the Secrets to Packing Light? Don’t Miss Our Five Favorite Travel Essentials—All American Made To save on packing space, pack clothes that coordinate with multiple items and clothes you can layer to create different outfits.
- 7 Travel Secrets from Frequent Flyers One good travel tip: bring along a tablet instead of a laptop. It’s more convenient and lighter.
- Secrets to Traveling with Confidence Whatever Your Destination When packing your suitcase try to bundle your clothes and roll them up to save space in your suitcase.
- Travel and Packing Trade Secrets Before you pack your clothes make sure that all of the buttons are buttoned and the zippers are zipped. Doing this will reduce the number of wrinkles in your clothes. You can also use the space inside your shoes for socks or underwear.
- Packing Secrets Keep the weight down in your luggage by packing lightweight pants and wool that can be washed out in the sink and will dry overnight.
- Travel Secrets of Road Warriors Reduce the amount of make-up and toiletries that you take with you on a trip. Try to stick with items that do double duty.
- Luggage, Packing and Travel Prep. Part 2 Pack clothes that can transition from daytime to nighttime simply by swapping out accessories. Guys should wear a light blazer onto the plane so that it doesn’t have to be crammed into a suitcase.
- Kayla’s Travel Secrets: Packing If you have a necklace where the chain can get tangled run it through a straw and hook the clasps to prevent any knots from forming. Carry a few large zip top bags in case you need to pack wet items.
Traveling with a Baby
Traveling with an infant doesn’t have to be stressful, provided you’re well prepared. Dress your baby in layers so that he won’t be too cold or too hot on the plane. Make sure to bring enough diapers, clothes and food for at least a day because you never know what kind of delays you may encounter. It’s important to have enough supplies on hand. Check out these 10 blogs to gain helpful tips from seasoned family travelers.
- How to Make Traveling with Babies a Breeze! Even if you use cloth diapers at home you will want to use disposable ones when you are traveling. Pack your child’s clothes in with yours instead of trying to keep track of several separate bags.
- 10 Tips for Traveling (on Your Own) With Your Baby Make sure that you dress both you and your baby in layers so that you both are comfortable no matter what temperature it is.
- Knocked Up Abroad: International Travel with a Baby Go with a positive attitude and don’t expect that other countries will have made the same accommodations for children that places do in the states.
- 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Traveling with an Infant Keep in mind that things will take longer when you’re traveling, so it’s a good idea to double the amount of time you think you need.
- Baby Travel Tips Bring a change of clothes for everyone just in case the baby spits up on you or another accident occurs.
- Sit N Stroll Review: Traveling with Babies and Toddlers This product allows you to roll the baby through the airport and then close it up to use as a booster seat on the plane and a car seat in the rental car.
- 5 Secrets to Traveling on an Airplane with an Infant Wear your baby through the airport and skip the stroller to save on the amount of luggage you have to bring.
- 6 Tricks to Road Travel With a Newborn Bring more diapers than you think you will need and make sure to bring infant medications just in case your child needs them while on your trip.
- Flying with Baby: 5 Must-Haves for Your Travels Make sure you bring table toppers and snacks for your baby to keep him satisfied and to help pop his ears on the way up and down.
- 5 Ways to Help Your Baby or Toddler Nap While Traveling Try to stick to your baby’s normal schedule as much as possible while you travel and bring along comforting nap items from home.
Activities to Keep Kids Busy on a Plane
It can be difficult to travel with toddlers and older kids because they’re more likely to get bored and want to move around. Allow each child to carry on his own backpack or bag containing snacks, toys and a change of clothes to keep him busy on the plane. Bring along electronic devices and allow your child to watch as many cartoons as he wants; now is not the time to fight against screen time. More ideas for what to bring along on the plane can be found in these 10 blog posts.
- Holiday Travel: Tips for Keeping Kids Occupied Give each kid their own back pack with toys in it. Hide some new items in their bags to surprise them with on the plane.
- Traveling with Small Kids on Airplanes Bring along a tablet loaded with new movies and new apps to entertain the kids with on the flight.
- How to Travel Long Distances with Little Ones (and Not Go Insane) Sleep when your kids fall asleep so that you can get some rest too.
- 10 Tips for Flying with Babies and Toddlers Try to avoid doing early boarding on planes because that will inevitably mean that your child has to sit still for a longer period of time. Make sure you charge your devices before heading to the airport.
- Top Ten Sanity-Saving Secrets for Traveling with Kids Teach kids how to travel by taking them on several short trips during their early years so that they know what to expect.
- Tips for Flying with Kids Part 2: Toddlers Sit in the back of the plane so that you are close to the bathroom. The people going back and forth to the bathroom will entertain your kids.
- Tips for Traveling with Small Children Buy a portable USB charger to make sure that you can charge your portable devices on the plane if you need to.
- Traveling with Children: 24 Tips for Flying with Kids If you take a stroller, remember that you can check it at the gate and have it waiting for you when you get off the plane.
- My Tips for Traveling with Young Children Try to avoid over-packing. It just will result in more things you have to carry through the airport.
- 10 Tips for Single Parents Traveling with Kids Ask the kids to help you find the right gate at the airport. This will keep them occupied while you find your gate.
Quick Touch-Ups to Freshen Your Make-Up after Traveling
If you are traveling for work and need to look your best after getting off of a long flight, there are certain tricks you can use to look put together and refreshed. The humidity level in planes is very low, so your skin will dry out if you aren’t prepared. Start your day by moisturizing your whole body after your shower in anticipation of your flight. Pack a small bag with essentials that will allow you to touch up your make-up once you arrive at your destination. Eye drops can make your eyes look bright and refreshed instead of tired and blood shot. Read about why it’s a good idea to skip wearing make-up during a long flight along with other make-up tips in these 10 blog entries.
- How to Freshen Up After Traveling Take along a make-up wipe to remove your make-up and wash your face so you can reapply fresh make-up upon arrival.
- The Ultimate Beauty Travel Guide Bring a small toiletries bag with your essentials with you so you can freshen up your look in the bathroom before your plane lands.
- Roadside Assistance: How to Manage Your Make-Up While Traveling Once you pass through security grab your facial mist, hand lotion and lip balm and put it in your purse for use on the plane.
- Keep it Clean… Make-Up Artist & Model Must Have Beauty Item Keep make-up removing wipes with you to freshen up after a long flight.
- Business Travel 101: Looking Good When You Get to Your Destination Pack a hydrating mist with you so that you can spritz your face to avoid the drying effects of flying.
- How to Look Your Best While Traveling Keep oil blotting papers and eye drops in your purse. Blot the oily parts of your face to prevent looking greasy and use some eye drops to avoid looking tired.
- Vitamin HB/ Airplane Beauty 101 Being on an airplane will dry out your skin, so make sure that you drink plenty of water and use hand lotion and lip balm while on the flight.
- Skin Essentials While in the Air—From an Esthetician Use a wipe to remove your make-up once you board the plane and apply moisturizer and lip balm.
- Make-up Must Haves for Business Travel Try to use dual purpose make-up to reduce the amount of make-up you have to bring.
- What is a Capsule Make-Up Kit, and Why Do I Need One? Don’t wear make-up when you travel, but make sure you moisture your skin. Then use your capsule make-up kit to apply your make-up right before you land so you look put together and refreshed.
Apps to Help You While Traveling
In this age of smart phones you are literally carrying a miniature computer around with you at all times. Why not take advantage of that technology by downloading some useful apps before taking your trip? There are apps to help you keep track of your flight, apps to find restaurants once you reach your destination and apps to keep the kids occupied during travel. Take a look at these suggested travel apps and see which ones you might like to download before your next trip.
- 10 Nifty Mobile Apps for the Modern Traveling Salesman Use an app called FlightTrack to monitor your flights.
- What App is Best for Tracking Miles and Points This blogger recommends the Award Wallet app to track your American Airline flight itinerary and other important details.
- 5 Travel Apps & Websites for Planning Your Summer Travel Check the app called Hotel Tonight to find deep discounts on posh hotel rooms for the night.
- Use the Airline’s App and Other Tips for Flying Efficiency Some airline apps will allow you to check in the night before and use your phone as the boarding pass.
- Are You Using These Top 5 Travel Apps? TripIt is an organizational tool allowing you to keep track of multiple flights and hotel reservations.
- Samantha Brown’s Favorite Travel Apps Download SeatGuru to find the seating layout of more than 700 different types of planes that have been evaluated based on comfort.
- Tech Geek:: Top 10 Travel Apps XE Currency will come in handy if you are traveling internationally and need to figure out prices in different currency.
- The Best Travel Guide Apps: New Orleans Edition The app NetStash allows you to download websites so you can read them without an internet connection.
- The Best City Apps for Traveling (and How to Find Them) Wallpaper City Guides acts like a guidebook and will give you a ton of information for touring a city.
- Top 5 Apps for Traveling If you plan to travel to a country where you don’t speak the native language you may want to get the app Converse, which will allow you to have a two-way conversation with someone who doesn’t speak your language.
Safety Tips to Remember While Traveling
Your safety should be your number one priority when you travel. Make sure that someone knows where you are and what your plans are throughout your trip. Check in with family at set times so that someone can alert the appropriate people in the event that you miss a check-in. Travel with a group whenever possible. Blend in with the locals so you aren’t painting a target on your back for thieves. If you do encounter someone who threatens you for your money, just give it to him. More tips for staying safe while traveling can be found in these blogs.
- Summer Travel Mobile Safety Tips Be cautious when you use Wi-Fi while on vacation as someone may be able to steal your personal information and use it to steal your identity.
- 3 Easy to Remember Travel Safety Tips Make copies of important documents like your passport in case it is lost or stolen.
- Avoid Travel Disasters by Following These Tips! Bring along a current photo of your child so that you can show it to people if she becomes lost.
- Solo Travel Safety: 15 Analog Safety Tips, 12 Digital Safety Tools Make sure that you let other people know where you will be throughout your trip.
- 9 Travel Safety Tips for Couples—While Traveling Stay alert and keep track of your personal belongings at all times.
- Five Safety Tips When Traveling Anywhere Abroad It’s important that you never keep all of your money in the same spot. Doing so could leave you stranded in the event that you are robbed.
- Travel Safety Tips If you get lost while traveling abroad find someone who speaks the same language as you and have them help you figure out where you are and where you are trying to go.
- Stay Safe When Traveling Make sure that you research the area that you will be traveling to and that you get the proper immunizations to travel there.
- Top Five Safety Tips When Traveling Abroad Be sure to call and check in with your family so they know where you are and when you will be checking in again.
- Travel Safety Tips: Medical Alert Jewelry, Packing Ideas and More! Wear medical alert jewelry so that others will know if you need insulin or are having an allergic reaction to something.
What to Do if Your Luggage is Lost
Airlines have improved their technology when it comes to keeping track of your luggage, but there are times when a bag just won’t make it to its destination. If you do end up losing your luggage, you’ll want to report that it’s missing as soon as possible. The sooner the airline knows that your luggage is missing, the faster they’ll be able to find it. In the event that your suitcase is lost or damaged, you will need to have a list of what was in your suitcase to file a claim. Keep in mind that most of the time the luggage is found and delivered to the passenger within a day. These 10 blogs will detail other options that you may have if your luggage is lost.
- Travel Tips: How to Prepare in Case Your Luggage is Lost If you are traveling with someone, pack half of your stuff in their suitcase and half of their stuff in yours.
- How to Avoid Lost Luggage Panic When You Go on Holidays! Make sure to pack your essentials into your carry-on bag so that if you do arrive without your luggage you will be okay for a day or two.
- What to Do About Lost or Damaged Luggage Report that your luggage is lost as soon as you realize it and make sure that you have a copy of what you packed in it for insurance purposes.
- How to Get Your Luggage Back When the Airline Loses It Make sure that you create a clear paper trail when the airline loses your luggage and don’t hesitate to ask for a manager if you feel you are getting the runaround.
- What to Do if You Have Lost Luggage While your first instinct may be to call the airline, that could end up being a fruitless endeavor since most of the airlines have automated phone services.
- Lost Luggage Tips Keeping a cool head when dealing with lost luggage is important so that you can report the loss and continue with your trip.
- What to Do When an Airline Loses Your Bag: My 9-Day Experience with Air Canada It’s important to be consistent and keep good records when you are calling the airline to locate your missing bag. Don’t give up.
- Lost Luggage—Your Rights Check with your particular airline to see what you are entitled to if you luggage is lost for more than 21 days. Make a claim with the airline using a list of what was in your suitcase for reimbursement consideration.
- What to Do if Your Bags Get Lost Know what your bag looks like and tie something colorful onto it to make it easier to identify.
- Honeymoon Nightmare: What to Do When the Airline Loses Your Luggage Use Twitter to contact your airline’s customer service to ask about your lost bag. Do this only after you make a claim at the airport.