Travel Tips For the (non)Tourist

Summer is on the prowl and it's time to beat the heat! This summer my family and I are taking a trip to New York (!!!), and in preparation for these up and coming weeks I've done a little research on traveling like a pro. So this will be a compilation of all the tips and tricks I've learned, then after our vacation I'll post a rundown of what worked and what didn't so much.
  1. Most plane seats have a hook for backpacks. Keep your phone in a zip-lock baggie to 'mount' it on the seat in front of you.
  2. Wrap your pair of dirty shoes in a shower cap. That way they won't track dirt all over your clothes, and you can use the shower cap.
  3. Rolled clothing takes less space. So pack clothing with cotton or other materials that won't wrinkle.
  4. Get plenty of exercise the day or two before travel to avoid jet lag.
  5.  To avoid tangled, messy necklaces, thread the chain through a straw.
  6. Airports are always chilly, so  bring along a lightweight scarf. You can also use it as a pillow or comforter on the plane.
  7. No one wants smelly clothes that have been packed up with dirty shoes in a suitcase all day, so pop in a dryer sheet or two to keep your luggage smelling fresh and clean.
  8. Feed your earrings through holes of a large button to keep them ensembled.
  9. Use contact containers to store makeup.
  10. Use an empty chapstick container to store extra cash.
  11. To avoid looking like a tourist, carry your camera around your shoulders. You will also relieve stress and pressure than by carrying it on your neck.
  12. If taking a taxi, or anything for that matter, never exploit the fact that you are new to town, taxi drivers then will take the longest route possible to your destination-thus ringing up the price.
  13. Carry a stash of makeup remover wipes for the plane, to keep yourself looking fresh and feeling so not disgusting from the airport.
  14. Carry and use(!) hand sanitizer at all times!! International airports carry germs from all over the world... even if you're not a germaphobe, it's still a good idea.
  15. Carry a full water container, airport drinking fountains are disgusting and frankly not that good.
  16. Pack healthy snacks for the ride. And whenever possible, vouch for the healthier alternative-you want to be in healthy shape for your trip.
  17. Pack a good book. When I am planning for a long trip with a lot of free time, I like to bring along my Kindle so that I don't run out of reading options.
  18. Clean the house prior to departure. Otherwise unpacking isn't the only chore that will be awaiting you when you arrive home.
  19. Plan for the weather. Packing a lightweight raincoat that can easily fold in your bag will save you from a lot wet if a storm hits.
  20. Download any navigational apps etc. prior to leaving. It's much less hassle than a map and less 'touristy.'
  21. Update the IPod.
  22. I always have a nail clipper with me, trust me, from hauling luggage around, you're gonna want something for those hangnails. --If you don't have one on hand, the rough side of a matchbox will do the job, if you can get your hands on one.
  23. Don't be afraid to ask people for directions.
  24. I always carry around a small notepad and pen when I go on trips to record activities and places I've visited. It's cool to look back on later.
  25. Always have extra cash on hand.
  26. Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready so that you won't be running around the hotel with unzipped pants or smudged eyeliner.
  27. Pack liquid bottles i.e. hairspray and hair products, in a separate zip-lock baggie. That way if the air pressure causes the bottles to explode, it won't get all over your other stuff.
  28. Don't forget that toothbrush.
  29. If you have to pack tightly and simply, a statement accessory will always dress up a plain T. I'm always sure that I have at least a good set of earrings.
  30. Drink lots of water so you stay hydrated.
  31. Have fun and always be safe and think smart!

"own what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people.  let your memory be your travel bag." -alexsandr solzhenitsyn   #ridecolorfully

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Let me know what you think of these tricks, if any of them have worked well for you, etc. I want to hear all your travel 411's! Thanks for your feedback--XO my adventurists.



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