I’m not exactly a globetrotter, but I have been doing a decent amount of traveling these days for business and pleasure. My takeaway: there are almost as many #traveltips as bags that won’t fit in the overhead bin.
So I thought I’d share my carefully curated list of tips and tricks for successful travails—er—travels.
Clean before you leave: Yes, yes you’ll arrive home to a sparkling abode. But to me, the real advantage is that if I meet my demise via a loose anaconda in baggage claim, people can talk about THAT rather than the towering pile of dishes in the sink.
Bring healthy snacks: That way you can mash them to tiny bits at the bottom of your bag so you have an excuse to eat (more) Funyuns.
Pack light: Instead of toting around a heavy case crammed with items you may need, forget key belongings that you had laid on the bed whilst packing. You’ll have extra room in your suitcase for new items you’ll purchase and forget on your next trip.
Arrive early: I like to really lean into my anxiety and arrive at the airport several hours early. #ProTip: pretend that you’re camping out for concert tickets for a fun carnival atmosphere!
Mind your liquids: Leave the cap of your shampoo ever so slightly open so that it leaks onto the outfit you’ve brought for an important meeting or gathering. You’ll smell like a spring meadow—and have extra volume to boot!
Keep it clean: Cleanliness is more top-of-mind than ever. I rigorously use disinfectants and sanitizers, but make sure to douse my top in coffee or sit on a pile of spilled M&Ms in order to balance things out.
Think universally: If you’re traveling outside the U.S., you’ll likely encounter a different system of measurement. Note that you may need to set your watch to metric time.
Make new friends: Chat up strangers sitting next to you, in line, in the bathroom, etc. They’ll want to hear about your latest medical exploits and the deep rift in your family caused by a stolen potato salad recipe.
And some bona fide advice for a bon voyage:
Bring a book: Even if your flight is canceled or you’re stuck in traffic, you’ll be going places.
Keep a journal: Memories can be as short as travel-sized tempers. Write down what you want to remember. As Oscar Wilde said: “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
Be chill: Problems don’t take PTO. I try to expect the aggravating as well as the hilarious so I don’t find myself journeying in an upright and locked position.
Don’t be afraid to fly solo: No travel companion? No worries. You are always enough.
Eat the treat: Your taste buds deserve a break. So do you.
Do the thing: Regret makes a lousy travel companion.
Pack in the fun: Whatever that fun looks like for you.
Traveling is a trip–whether it’s across town or around the globe, for fun or with purpose. So tell me, dear friends, what’s the #traveltip you can’t go without?