5 Tips That Make Traveling Easier
I wanted to compile a list of tips that make traveling easier. Many of these are pretty basic things that have saved me time or a huge headache over the years. Please share your tips that make traveling easier and I will add them into the article. Let’s crowd source this thing into a masterpiece! Hopefully even travel vets pick up a thing or two from the list they had not thought of before.
Make Traveling Easier – The List
Here are the 5 tips that make traveling easier for me:
Take A Picture Of Your Boarding Pass
The first one is pretty obvious, take a picture of your boarding pass if you are using your smartphone instead of printing a ticket. The reason for this is two-fold. First phones and technology can be problematic from time to time and sometimes apps won’t load or freeze up on you. In that case you can quickly pull up your screen shot of the ticket and go from there. You can also add them to your mobile wallet but that doesn’t help with the 2nd reason.
The other reason for doing this is if you need to gain entry into an arrival lounge. Once the flight is complete the ticket is removed from the airline’s app. That means you won’t have a boarding pass to scan without that picture.
An international travel tip is to take a picture of your passport and save it on your phone (preferably in a locked phone app). This ensures you have a copy should you lose it. Not a bad idea to have a photo copy of it in your bag too.
TSA Tip – Empty Your Pockets Into Your Bags
This tip is more for guys since women usually have a purse with them. What I do when going through security is put everything from my pockets in my bag. Some of the newer TSA set ups make you do this anyway. The benefits of this are you can grab your bag, shoes if not TSA PreCheck, and go. No need to gather your loose change, money clip, wallet, phone etc. and load up your pockets. You can deposit it them back into your pockets when you get out of the hectic TSA screening area.
Bring An Empty Water Bottle
Flying can dehydrate you. Nothing is worse than having to pay $4 for a bottle of water after security. Sometimes getting water on the plane can take 45 minutes or more so bring an empty water bottle and fill it after getting through security. That way you can stay hydrated while keeping money in your pocket.
Have Doubles of Everything
I call it my “go pack” but if you travel a lot I find it easiest to have doubles of everything important. I have my bag already packed with a toothbrush, hair gel, contact solution, phone and tablet charges etc. This way when it is time to pack everything small that I need is already there. All I need to do is add clothes and go. This has kept me from leaving stuff behind and having to pay a marked up price for it at the airport or hotel. It has saved me a lot of time packing for trips too. I usually am completely packed in 10 minutes or less.
Take A Picture Of Your Parking Spot and Hotel Room
I am getting older and my kids have killed my brain cells, I swear it! Anyway, I am more forgetful than I used to be so I always take a picture of my parking spot and my hotel room number. This way I am never walking around trying to remember where I need to go. The room number picture has saved me a few times on nights when I had a little too much fun :).
Here are some reader tips:
- Use packing cubes
- Take a picture of checked luggage in case it gets lost
- Take a picture of rental car license plate
- Fully inspect your rental car and take pictures before leaving the location.
These are some simple tips that make traveling easier, for me at least. Do you do any of these things to save you headaches or time? Let me know what other tips you have and I will add them in!