I love to travel. I grew up traveling and have never stopped exploring since I was a child. I have never let work, school, or even children dim my passion for travel. Even with three kids, we plan trips and make every effort for exploring. I find kids really rise to the occasion if you let them and I love seeing them fall in love with other cultures and beauty in the world.
I’ve listed for you my top 5 travel tips in no particular order. These aren’t tips for mamas traveling with kiddos, that will have to be another post. This is just tips for the average wonderer before their journey:
1. Pack extra clothes in your carry on
There is nothing worse than having your baggage lost or spilling something on your clothes and having to sit in wet pants for a 5 hour flight. It’s not hard to roll up a dress and put it in your carry on. This way, you have an extra outfit if something happens, and I have had to use mine several times so it’s always nice to have. It doesn’t take up a lot of room and can really come in handy.
2. Pack your own pillow
Doug laughs at me for this one, but I swear he is secretly jealous of me for having a piece of home with me wherever we go. I love my pillow and bring it with me even on any overnights. I love having it on the plane and especially love having it on my trips with me. It is cozy and makes me feel like I’m home. I always get good a good nights sleep having my pillow with me.
3. Download a movie just in case
I always find there are delays when traveling and having my own favorite movie right on my phone makes the wait and travel day that much more enjoyable. Obviously in flight entertainment is available, but sometimes it isn’t. I almost look forward to the plane rides where I know I’m going to binge on my favorite tv show….
4. Make a list for packing
My dad taught me this one. He usually starts his list a few days before his trip and has it in his room. When he thinks of a random essential, he adds it to the list. Toiletries and pjs are an obvious packing item, but that random hair tie or earring is for sure to be forgotten unless I make a list a few days ahead of time. This always makes me feel organized and the dentin task of packing less overwhelming.
5. Get global entry
This is a biggie. Every member of our family has global entry. Yes, it is a pain to get it and it is expensive but it is worth it. Even if you don’t travel internationally a lot, having TSA precheck for every flight you ever take saves you time and frustration. I don’t have to take my shoes off and be treated like a criminal every time I go to the airport, and that just starts my trip off right!!
Have any other tips to share? Leave them in the comment section…. Happy travels friends.