Yahoo Travel recently came out with an article listing Martha Stewart’s Ten Rules for Flawless Travel. Now I have to admit, I love Martha Stewart. I own several of her books (she has her very own Amazon page here), often watch her cooking shows, and generally just enjoy everything she does. So I was very interested in what her definition of “flawless travel” is.
A lot of her tips are great advice: avoid checking your bag if possible, keep an “essentials” list, bring a Kindle (which I post about all the time), and make sure your charger cords don’t get tangled. There were a few that, while a little goofy, I can totally get behind. For example, she recommends that people stay hydrated (great!), spritz their “favorite skin tonic” (okay, not too bad), and avoid alcohol (you may have a harder time with that one). She also recommends that if you don’t hire a guide for your trip, pop into the local café in the morning and get recommendations from locals (I love her optimism).
Several of her tips revolve around packing. She explains how to properly pack shoes and how to fold to avoid wrinkling your clothing, both of which include solid advice. However, she also recommends that you assemble your outfit, put it on a hanger, put a plastic dry-cleaning bag around it, and then pack it in your suitcase. Seems like that would waste a ton of space! Plus, each piece of my wardrobe does double-duty, so packing it as part of one outfit would mean another outfit left incomplete. If you’re that worried about forgetting what to wear together, put on each outfit before you leave and take a picture of yourself.
She suggests carrying on your bags for shorter trips, but recommends for people to bring a suitcase, a purse, and a messenger or duffle bag. I sure hope she can combine those bags together, because airlines only let you have two items. She then goes on to say that if you have to check your bag, make sure to shrink-wrap it or cover it with a waterproof canvas covering. I had to giggle when I read this. On the one hand, yes, airlines treat luggage pretty badly, and in an ideal world everyone would protect their luggage. However, I can’t imagine any business traveler (or regular traveler, for that matter) ever taking the time and effort to have their suitcase shrink-wrapped.
The one thing I felt was missing from her list was etiquette (which I also post about all the time), which surprised me. Being kind to others and not letting small things bother you helps tremendously with making travel “flawless”! However, Martha is still wonderful and I think overall her list is very helpful for novice travelers.
Readers, what do you think of Martha’s Ten Rules for Flawless Travel? Do you agree or disagree with my analysis?
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