Best Of!! General Travel Tips

The business travel post on Corporette yesterday got me thinking…..while I have done a lot of topic-specific posts, I haven’t yet done a general tips post. So, here are my best general travel tips. By topic, because I just can’t help myself.

Clothes:

  • Flat, slip on shoes  are best for day of travel. They allow you to move quickly through the airport, go easily through security, and be comfortable on the plane.
  • Bring a scarf or pashmina for the plane–as a blanket, a pillow, whatever you need.
  • If you can at all avoid it, don’t bring anything that wrinkles or that you have to iron. Ironing will just waste time and stress you out
  • Bring clothes that fit into one color scheme, i.e. black or brown. This way they all match, and you have to bring less pairs of shoes.

For the plane:

  • Don’t throw your bag in an overhead bin that is way in front of your seat if you can at all help it.
  • If it’s a long flight, bring an eye mask and earplugs or noise-canceling headphones.

Packing:

  • I bring my own shampoo/conditioner, just because I travel so much if I use whatever random products the hotel puts out my hair gets mad; a GREAT source is 3floz.com, as is Sephora
  • Eagle Creek packing cubes are so helpful for the small items (underwear, socks, hose, etc); they will help you save a ton of space
  • I have three small bags for my toiletries–one for liquids (that gets taken out at security), one for non-liquids (toothbrush, deodorant, etc), and one for make-up. This allows me to fit them in my suitcase wherever they will go instead of taking up a lot of room
  • And don’t forget about my new favorite tip! Use spare contact lens cases for small amounts of liquids, such as face soap, moisturizer, eye makeup remover, etc.

General Tips

  • Emergen-C! I take it every day when I travel, sometimes twice. I also bring SoyJoy bars with me everywhere in case food is hard to find (or I’m stuck on a plane).
  • I use my White Noise iPhone app a lot in hotels, especially when the walls are thin, there is a highway outside nearby, or the air-conditioning unit is super loud off and on.

Comments

  1. When traveling international I like to pack a basic decongestant, antihistamine, and anti-diarrheal pills (in their original packaging) for emergencies.

    I generally do not need them, but I have had the experience of being sick and spending my day trying to find medicine. Basic medicine can be difficult to obtain without visiting a doctor. Many basic over the counter drugs in the US require a prescription in other places.

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