Travel Tips

Things to keep in mind!

  • Make sure to hand sanitizer with you and use it – train stations, museums, airport, shops, restrooms have been used by many prior to your arrival.
  • If you’re planning on wearing sandals on the airplane, tuck a pair of socks in your carry-on bag to put on your feet before walking through security where many have traveled before you.
  • Carry copies of your passport and credit cards with you, separate from your wallet.  Leave copies at home as well. You can never be too careful.
  • Pack efficiently. Remember – you will be carrying everything with you the entire trip to your destination.
  • Carry an extra passport photo with you in case your passport is stolen or lost.  It will speed up the process of obtaining a new passport.
  • Be sure you are able to provide a list of your medications (separate from the bottles) with dosage and frequency information and carry it with you at all times.
  • Take extra health precautions before boarding a plane – with so many penalties for cancelling in effect these days people are traveling even if they are sick.
  • Take along an “emergency kit” containing bandages, ointment, aspirin, sewing kit, safety pins and pocket tissues.
  • Place the name, phone number and relationship of someone who may be contacted in an emergency in your wallet.
  • Leave the name and phone number of places you will be staying at home with friends or family.
  • Leave the name of your veterinarian at home with the pet sitter.
  • Use ATM’s and credit cards when possible while traveling, but always keep a little cash in your wallet for emergency purposes.
  • Call and temporarily but a stop on newspapers and mail delivery when gone for a period of time.
  • Pack all your medicine in your carry-on bag.
  • Select a carry-on bag that has wheels especially when traveling overseas; it will save your back in airports and train stations.
  • Check to see if your medical insurance will cover you when traveling internationally, most do not so you will want to purchase travel insurance.
  • Call your Credit Card company and ATM bank to alert them as to your travel dates and destinations. – this can save you a lot of heartache when abroad
  • While staying in an inexpensive hotel may sound like a great value, remember to calculate the cost of taxis or public transportation and the time taken away from your vacation if the hotel is located on the outskirts of town.
  • Keep your luggage count to one bag per person (one week or three weeks).  Shoes are the most cumbersome and weigh the most.  You will never see these people again, so keep it simple and light.  Layer your clothes as the temperature changes.
  • Use a money belt.  Men place wallets in your front pockets, ladies use a purse that crosses over your chest.
  • If you are using a car rental in a foreign county, be certain to check to see if an International Driver’s License is required.  There are also age restrictions, for the young and mature driver.
  • Open yourself to chatting with and meeting new people as you travel, it is one of the best parts of the entire experience.