We all know that going on a trip is exciting, and stressful. And going on one without the proper gear, or tricks can make things even worse. When traveling people tend to fall into one of two categories; the super organized, or the last-minuters. Either you’ve had everything packed for days, or it’ll be done the night before. Whichever way you do it, there are tips and tricks that you can use to make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to taking a trip.
Your suitcase is your foundation – have a rocky foundation, and everything will fall apart. Investing in a high-quality suitcase will save you a lot of hassle. As this article from Lofty Luggage explains – cheap cases tend to damage and fall apart a lot quicker, and can very easily get water damage. By investing in a good case, with great fixtures and a brand with a high reputation, you’re things will be fine, and your foundation secure.
When packing, you need to think about how much stuff you need to fit into your case. And your case will never look the same at the end of a trip as it did at the beginning. Invest in compartments or flexible boxes to help you organize your luggage and separate dirty clothes from clean.
Everyone needs them, no matter where you’re going. They might just be room reservation documents, or they might be your plane tickets. Either way, these are bits of paper that you don’t want to lose. Get a travel document folder to keep everything in one place, and so any bottle leaks or rain can’t get through your bag and ruin them. These folders are great because you can also pop your passport, medical notes and any other important paperwork you need to take traveling with you. Plus, when you get home, everything stays together and secure in that folder.
Much like the documents, everyone needs them to travel (these days at least.) Cell, tablet, laptop – they all need chargers and cables. And they will all unwind themselves and get all tangled up in your bag. A cable carrier separates all of them and keeps them neat and tidy for the duration of your trip. You might even find yourself using it at home too, as they keep everything organized. They also stop the plastic coating from splitting, and some can even be waterproof.
Food is a must on a trip. Airports have strict rules about food, so make sure you check them out before heading in with a feast in your handbag. But you should be able to take some food, or at least buy some while you’re there. And airport prices are still lower than on the plane itself. If you’re flying a long distance, you’ll probably want to have a hot meal in the air, but staunch those hunger pangs with snacks you take with you.
The same can be said for drinks. You can get those adorable, yet lethal, little liquor bottles aboard the plane, but flights can also dehydrate you, due to the outside air pressure. So make sure you have a bottle or two of water in your bag.
Wherever you are going, download an app or two to help you find your way around. Like Walc for directions around a city, in a much easier way than Google maps, or Trip Case which downloads all your booking a flight info and notifies you of any changes. In this modern, tech-filled world, apps are our best friends and can make life so much easier.
Unfortunately, not all airports are 100% safe. There are many people out there who will take your luggage, both your handbag and suitcase. You can stop this a couple of ways. The most obvious is don’t let your luggage out of your sight, keep your handbag fastened and on your person at all times, and don’t leave your phone or wallet hanging out of your pocket. You can also use a Bluetooth tracker to locate your luggage. They won’t follow a thief to a different state, but it’s enough for you to alert a security guard of which way they went. And using a tracker on your suitcase helps to make sure no one else takes it off the conveyer belt. You can see when your bag is out of the plane, and if anyone is trying to walk away with it.