Who wouldn’t like to have things a bit easier when getting ready for a holiday? Take note of these awesome travel tips and your planning and organisation will make you the envy of all other holidaymakers.
Roll Your Clothes – Rolling your clothes instead of folding them before putting them in your suitcase is a no brainer. It’s quicker, prevents your clothes from creasing and leaves more room for that hideous bottle of fire wine that you’ll buy but never end up drinking.
Tissue Paper – And whilst we’re on the subject of clothes, if you’re taking any items that really do require folding rather than rolling, fold tissue paper into them to stop them from being a creased up mess when you get to your destination.
Dryer Sheet – Pop a dryer sheet in the bottom of your case to ensure that your clothes smell as fresh as a daisy whilst on your holidays. They take up no room whatsoever and prevent everything from smelling musty. Nobody likes eau de suitcase.
Pack a Hat – Whether you’re going to somewhere cold or somewhere where the sun will be constantly beating down on you, a hat is a must. It can either keep you warm or protect you from the sun. It can also cover up a bad hair day if your hotel hairdryer isn’t much to write home about.
First Aid – Take your own travel first aid kit. But if you do need to see a professional whilst you’re away, pop into a local pharmacy first. If you head straight to the hotel doctor, you could be talked into unnecessary treatment and then a rather unwelcome medical bill.
Loose Wires – Keep any loose wires and electrics in a glasses case or a zip-lock freezer bag to keep them from getting tangled up in your bag.
USB Ports – If you forget your travel adaptor, check the back of the TV in your hotel room, as the majority of them have a USB port where you can charge your phone without having to use a plug.
Airplane Mode – For added speed between sightseeing, sunbathing and trying out the local restaurants, put your phone on airplane mode whilst it’s charging and you will find that it charges a lot quicker.
Forgotten Items – Before heading to the nearest shops to stock up on toothpaste or shaving foam, check at your hotel reception because they often have complimentary items for you to have, should you need them. They will often have phone chargers too, left behind by previous guests.
Pack Ear Plugs – Ear plugs come in so handy on holiday, whether it’s to block out the crying baby on the plane, the loud plane engine, the nearby music playing until the early hours, a noisy air conditioning unit or your snoring partner.
Photos – You might think you’re taking lots of photos, but take more. You’ll never be able to recapture those special moments and it’s great to be able to share your great memories and look back on them yourself further down the line. Don’t forget to back them up when you get home.
Important Documents – You should also make sure that you’ve backed up and taken a copy of all your important documents before you travel: your passport, booking confirmation, tickets, insurance etc. Email them to yourself so that you can easily access them from any computer.
Bank Cards – Notify your bank before using your credit or debit card overseas. The last thing you want is for the cash machine to swallow your card and your bank to block it because they assume that fraudulent activity is going on with your account.
Foreign Currency – Never change your money at the airport. You’ll get a better rate if you do it either before you go or when you are in resort. Even better, you could just use an ATM when you are there. Take it in turns with your partner to withdraw money to avoid double transaction fees.
Stay Comfortable – Avoid sitting at the back of the plane if you are a nervous flier or do not like turbulence. You’ll feel more turbulence there than anywhere else on the plane. The best place to sit for a smoother journey would be over the wings. And don’t forget to suck a boiled sweet on take-off.
Avoid the Queues – Even if it isn’t, mark your suitcase as ‘Fragile’. This way, the airline will take more care of it and are likely to put it the top of all the other suitcases, meaning it will be the first one out on to the luggage conveyor belt. Enjoy that feeling.
Packing Space – If you struggle to fit everything back in your case once you’ve bought all your souvenirs, invest in some vacuum sealed bags to put your clothes in. You’ll be amazed at how much more room you’ll be left with after using them.
Dirty Shoes – Travelling home with dirty shoes? Avoid ruining all your clothes and simply place them in one of the free shower caps provided in your hotel bathroom. It’ll be the perfect fit.
Google Maps – If you use Google Maps to look at an area whilst you’re connect to Wi-Fi, just type ‘ok maps’ into the search bar and it will then remember the last visible area you visited when you go back to it when you’re out and about later. Hey presto! An offline map!
Water Bottles – Either pack a reusable water bottle to take with you or just buy one and keep filling it up when possible to avoid spending all your money on water to cool you down and save some for the all-important ice cream.
Manners – If you don’t speak the language of the place that you are visiting, make an effort to at least learn the basics such as ‘hello’, ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’. Locals will like that you have at least tried. You might also want to learn ‘two more, please’…
Airport Toilets – Never use the first toilets that you get to as soon as you get off the plane because everyone else will have the same idea. The queue for the cubicles will be backed up and they’ll also be most likely to have ran out of tissue and soap. Wait until the next ones and you’ll sail through.
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