I like to think of myself as a well versed traveler. As a child, my family would go on a very nice vacation every year. As soon as we got home from one, my mom started planning another. I definitely inherited that trait from here. If I don’t have a trip (even if it’s small) to look forward to, I go crazy. Just ask my husband and father. We took a trip together after my college graduation and they said that they felt like they had already been there and come back because mom and I discussed it so much beforehand. Ooppsss…sorry guys! 🙂
This May, I have to travel across country for a work trip. I’m very excited! The destination is… Hollywood, California. Of course, that also include Los Angeles, Malibu, Santa Monica, etc., etc., etc.! My mother is going with me. Normally I would take J.C., but his work schedule just doesn’t allow him to get away much in the summer months. Anyways, we are counting down the days! I thought I would share a few of my favorite travel tips. From packing a suitcase to planning ahead, I will touch on a few of my favorite things to do/remember.
First off, before you leave, just go ahead and make a list. If you don’t make a list, you are bound to forget something. And you may actually forget something very important… like your clothes… or a cell phone charger… or your credit card. The list doesn’t have to be detailed… just make sure you create one. Here’s one that I had put together for a work trip. It’s a little more of a priority to know exactly what I will wear on work trips, so that’s why there is a detailed breakdown of the clothes for each day.
I always create my list in Excel and put a little box out beside the item. Once it’s in my suitcase, I check it off. Now, you may think this is so anal… but it’s just part of my personality.
The next tip I have is also about packing. Make sure to pack your shoes in a large plastic ziplock bag. I have also used those little clear zippered bags that pillowcases come in. This keeps your shoes from touching your clothes. You are probably wondering what the big deal is about the shoes touching the clothes. Just think about it for a minute. You are about to trapse ALL OVER A CITY that is nasty and has germs everywhere. Your shoes are going to pick up “nastiness” on every surface you walk on. I don’t want all of that “stuff” touching my other “stuff.” Gross would be an understatement. Plus, if you step in something sticky or what not, it won’t get on other items in your suitcase.
For us girls, this is a good tip! Wrap your curling/flat iron in a pillowcase. Once you get to your destination, if you want, use the pillowcase on your hotel pillow. Then at the end of the trip, wrap your curling/flat iron back in the pillowcase. More than likely, you will use the styling utensil right before you leave to head home. It will be hot and you won’t have time for it to cool off. Wrap it in the pillowcase and you won’t have to worry about anything else in your suitcase getting too hot or burned.
My next tip is to pack some basics. For example, don’t pack a shirt that will only go with ONE pair of pants or a particular skirt. That’s just too fussy for vacation/travel. Pack items that are versatile. It means less stress in the morning when you are trying to get ready and head out the door.
I love these Mossimo shirts from Target. I had some previous to our house fire and bought some more to replace the ones I lost. I like them that much! They are so versatile. They are kind of dressy but still casual!
Last time I checked they were on sale for $7. You just can’t beat that for a good tee! Throw a cardigan over it, wear it with a scarf, tuck it into a pencil skirt… the possibilities are endless. (Just click on the picture for a link to purchase the shirt).
Next up… shampoo, hairspray, and anything else wet and sticky! This tip is especially important for traveling via airplane. If you don’t know by now, your luggage IS NOT handled with care. They throw those suitcases around like footballs. Your stuff will never be the same! This leads me to my point… wrap that stuff up. I like putting mine in a ziplock bag or doubling them up in a plastic bag you would get from Wal-Mart.
And no… this isn’t an advertisement for Dove… just a picture I found. I would be SO upset if I got all the way to California and all of my clothes were covered in shampoo. If there was a leak, having the “wet” items contained will help out a lot. I once had hairspray all over my clothes. Two word- not fun!
The next couple of tips will be more about getting to your destination comfortably. I’ll mainly be talking about air travel, since that’s how we are traveling to California.
I almost always wear a scarf on days when I will be on the airplane. Airport and airplane temperatures can vary. I’ve also had to get off of a plane outside of the airport before. I was wearing a sleeveless top and sandals. It was 32 degress outside. That was a blast! You can wrap the scarf around your neck or shoulders, use it as a pillow, or hide a neck lanyard that you use to carry all of your “need to easily access” items (credit card, cash, boarding pass, etc.). I’ve done this before and it’s SO much easier than digging through a purse every time you need something. I hate purses. It’s not even a love-hate relationship… it’s pretty much a hate-hate relationship. I don’t like a lot of fuss and purses are fussy- and they make ME fussy.
You should try the landyard thing. I used a very small clear,plastic zippered pouch. This one to be exact.
You could attach that to the end of a necklace to be a little more fashionable. Covered with a scarf, nobody will ever know it’s there. Plus, you can’t really get our pocket picked if you pocket is near your chest. Pretty sure I would notice if somebody stole some money from there. You would be surpised at how many people have their pockets picked in airports. Sad but true.
Another tip to remember about air travel is that you will have to take your shoes off to go through security. Wear these…
Both of these shoes are adorable, but one is a lot easier to slip on and off than the other. If you just HAVE to wear these cute lace up boots, make sure you arrive to the airport a few hours earlier. 🙂
One last tip and this has nothing to do with getting there, but it is just as important. Make sure you have a few ideas in mind about what you would like to do once you get to your destination. They don’t have to be set in stone, but you don’t want to have NOTHING to do once you get there either. On the same note, don’t over stuff your agenda with one thing after another. That is NO fun at all. I don’t like to be in a hurry or rushed when I’m traveling or on vacation. Having a packed agenda can cause you to get cranky and even miss things! Just slow down and have fun!
I hope I didn’t bore you with this post. I’ll cross my fingers and hope that you could actually take away a thing or two. Do you already do these things or were some of them new to you? Leave a comment below with your favorite travel tip!