Travel can be fun, emotional, rewarding and frustrating. I have a little experience with travel, in fact I have been keeping track of my travel for the past 10 years now and when I look back there has been a whole lot of packing going on.
- 625 trips
- 1953 days on the road (yikes, that more than 5 years)
- 2.5 million air miles (approximately)
- 181 Cities
- 21 Countries
“I just flew in and boy are my arms tired” – Robert Q. Lewis, 1951
How fast can you get through Security in an Airport? Do you worry about your security when you arrive to your destination? So what are some of the great ways you have been able to make travel easier? I have a few Travel Tips in mind to help you, simple ideas that won’t cost you much if anything. In fact you may already have what you need in your home today. So the next time you pack, don’t forget to use these great ideas to make your trip easier, more efficient and way more fun.
Do you have your Identification in a digital form? You should, Scan your Passport, Drivers License and Global Entry card. This can and will come in handy one day. On one occasion I was picking up a Rental Car but forgot my Driver’s License at home. I was able to email the rental company my drivers license, they printed it for me and I was allowed to Rent the car. If you were to loose your Passport; a color, digitized version will help you when you’re attempting to get a replacement at one of our Embassies throughout the world. It may also be useful at an airport if you were to forget your passport or loose it.
How fast can you get through security at the airport? The answer is, a heck of a lot faster if you have a Global Entry card. Aside from the ease of entering the United States when your traveling. A Global Entry card also includes entry into the TSA PreCheck program. Yes, there is a cost to this, but it is very reasonable. $100 for 5 years, thats a pretty good deal.
Do you use Google Maps while you’re on the road? Well guess what you can do? I love this tip and have used it often. When you are in a city where you may not have Cellular or WiFi service while you’re walking around (like Rome for instance). Bring up the area in Google Maps on your Phone or Tablet, then type “ok maps” in the search bar and Google will save this map for Offline use. Boom! There you go, you will now have a map at hand to help you navigate those streets.
Put a Cap on It!
A Shower Cap that is, yes that is what I said; a Shower Cap. Most hotels today provide a shower cap in the bathroom along with the other necessities you need. Use these caps to store your shoes in your luggage. It will keep any dirt and grime off your clothes when you pack. And don’t forget to use the space in your shoes for Socks, Underwear, Eye Glass Cases or even Jewelry.
I just hate it when I get to a destination only to find my Dress Shirt collars are flat and wrinkled. It’s an easy fix. Use your Belts to keep those collars crisp and wrinkle free by rolling them up and inserting them into the collar.
Make some Space!
You know those Space Maker Bags that are on TV in that 2 am infomercial? Buy some. They are one of the best Travel Tools available. I always pack a couple of these in my luggage. It is a great way to store your used, dirty clothes after wearing them. As a side benefit, those dirty socks won’t stink up your luggage. And let’s not forget that they also help to create more space in your suitcase for all those mementos that you have purchased.
Tip: Buy the type that you just fill, roll up and push the air out of. Not the type that needs a vacuum to suck the air out. Vacuum’s are very hard to pack.
Stick a Pin in it or your Done!
What are you talking about Scott? I am betting that when you’re on vacation you’re probably enjoying places that are loaded with Tourists, right? If so, then you are also susceptible to Pick Pockets. I know no one ever believes they will be pick pocketed, but let me tell you those criminals are crafty and very good at what they do. When you are in a crowed area like an Open Air Market, Airport or anywhere that people congregate you may be at risk.
A Safety Pin is going to save you a whole lot of headaches. Ladies and Gentlemen take a few large safety pins with you on your trip. When you’re ready to go out place your wallet, money clip, Identification Cards, Lip Stick or even the Kitchen Sink (or course you would have to have very large pockets) or anything else you want to protect and put them in your front pockets.
Placing a Safety Pin on the inside of your Pocket and secure it, this keep those crafty Pick Pockets out of your pants, (assuming thats what you want) no matter how talented they are, this will stop them right away. And no one will be able to see it. This really works great and provides for some piece of mind when you’re out and about.
There you go my Friends, 6 great tips to make your travels easier, funner, more efficient and less of a headache. I hope you find them of use.