I have to say after a year and a half of being on this journey of international travel I have learned soooo many things!!! I laugh at myself when I look at pictures of me packing to move to China! I had no clue! I have picked up so many tips from websites, friends, and just plain trial and error. I want to share with you some of my must trusted tips that are sure to make your travel life easier. This applies to any travel, domestic, international or your weekend getaway.
Packing cubes will help organize your packing and organize your whole trip! I have found packing cubes to help me control how much I pack and organize in a way that makes life on the road easy. If you don’t have a front loader backpack, this will help make up for it. If you are traveling with a suitcase, even better! You will make the most out of your space by rolling clothes. Bulky clothing you can consider laying flat. Pack “like” items in a cube together to maximize organization. Packing cubes saved my life!
Results of packing cubes!
Always keep cash and small bills!!
When traveling it is important that you always take some cash. I would recommend having more cash than credit cards. Many countries are cash driven and it’s just easier to have it. For international travel, research this before you arrive. Remember that ATM’s will give you cash in the local currency from your bank account if you wait until you arrive at your destination. Even then, I would take some cash with me just in case. When you get cash, make sure you break down most of your big bills!!! This is very important. You always want to have exact amounts (or as close to it as you can get) when paying for taxi’s and buying souvenirs. If you don’t it is highly possible for you to get taken advantage of. Be alert, and keep large bills folded on the inside of your cash stash. Smaller bills should be on the outside. Keep money as close to your body as possible. I use a money pouch that I carry around my neck and put inside my clothes.
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Crystal Body Deodorant
This is the best thing since sliced bread!! If you are traveling or not, the crystal body deodorant is so convenient and easy to use. No more white residue, no sticky feeling, and no more spending money on deodorant!! I have had one of my crystals for two years now! You simply wet your underarm or you can wet the crystal(if you wet the crystal it will cause it to disintegrate faster) and apply. It works really well because it adjusts to your body to control oder. I like the smaller crystal because it’s so easy to pack. Takes up very little space! Look for this at your nearby natural food stores or even http://amazon.com You won’t regret it!
If you have heard of people getting blood clots on flights you understand why these are important. I must admit, I wasn’t a believer until I experience swollen balloon legs on a flight to the U.S. from China. I didn’t know what was happening to me and it scared the living daylights out of me! I kept popping ibuprofen to reduce the swelling and I didn’t understand why it wasn’t working. I highly recommend compression socks for any flight over four hours. That’s my rule of thumb. It’s also important to be well rested the night before your flight and stay hydrated! Drinking not just water, but drinks that restore electrolytes. If you have a pre existing condition, be sure to consult a doctor before a long flight. It may be necessary to take a baby aspirin the night before and the day of your flight. Compression socks have completely reduced my swelling!!
First aid/Emergency kit
This was a life saver when I was injured this summer in Cambodia. I cannot stress enough that you would rather be safe than sorry. I don’t care how many convenient stores will be around or how you never get hurt. Unexpected things happen all the time. It’s so much easier when you already have a few essentials to help you immediately or to care for a wound throughout your trip. Less you will have to buy when you are on the road! I was so proud of myself for having my first aid kit! Here are a few essentials you should pack in your kit.
large and small gauze
I would suggest small scissors but they took mine in security
anti diarrhea tablets or activated charcoal tablets
Travel insurance is a must! Comprehensive plans will cover anything from missed flights to lost baggage. Not to mention the health insurance and death benefits. Not something you want to think about when you are planning a vacation but you definitely should! I have been injured on a trip, and I have had a flight cancellation. Both occurred before I started buying travel insurance. I learned my lesson, I will always be prepared.
Momondo is a flight search site that checks several carriers websites in order to offer you the best deals. There are soooooo many sites you can use, but I have found this one to give me the best deals. It also allows you to book multi-city flights which I love! Try momondo!!
I really like booking.com! They usually have a very wide range of options to select from. They supply authentic reviews from customers, and many of their bookings offer free cancellation, no deposits, and no credit card information!! Although I don’t mind these security methods, it’s nice to have an option if you need it. I’ve had great success with them and their customer service is phenomenal!
When I am booking hostels I use hostelworld.com. It’s very easy to use and they give you a wide variety of hostels to choose from. Deposits are low and for a very small 2.00 fee, you can protect your deposit to use on future bookings! Hostel’s are a great way to travel. You can meet other travelers and get great deals on tours and excursions.
I really like to travel off the beaten path. I have found that these two sites offer great advice for things to see that are not on the most popular list. I call them “hidden jewels” because tourist traffic is low and they turn out to be amazing suggestions! travelfish.com only covers Southeast Asia, and lonelyplanet.com covers the entire world!! Lonely planet offers many deals, links, and suggestions to make your trip easier.
Now, go book your next flight!