My sister and I have both like to travel. We grew up doing lots of road trips and have always taken our families travelling by air and car whenever we can. My sister was also a flight attendant in a past life and has lots of good travel tips and stories. We both recently had the opportunity to travel to warm destinations. She went to Tahiti and my family was in Cabo San Lucas. Since both of these trips are fresh in our minds, we have compiled a list of what we call our top 10 travel and packing tips.
1. Wear socks to go thru airport security. You never know what kind of foot fungi and other gross things are in that terminal.
2. Have something warm to wear on the plane. Layering is key. Think t-shirts and tanks with cardigans, hoodies or sweaters.
3. Put one person in charge of passports, boarding passes, itineraries etc…and get a great case to carry them all in. It will make it so much easier on the person carrying the important documents. Also, leave a copy at home with a trusted friend or family member, just in case.
4. Pack snacks for both kids and adults. You don’t always know when your next opportunity to eat will be. Bring good snacks. There is nothing like being hungry with poor snack choices. Need some ideas? Beef or turkey jerky, pumpkin seeds mixed with cranberries, dried apricots, popcorn, cheese and crackers, pre-wrapped cheese sticks, hummus and chips.
5. If you travel to Tahiti, consider bringing a couple bottles of alcohol so you can mix your own drinks and not pay the outrageous resort prices for cocktails.
6. Find out if you need to make reservations for dinners. Nothing worse than being hungry and finding there is no room for you. Kids and adults do not do well when they are hungry. Just saying.
7. Bring extra plastic bags in various sizes. Good for wet clothes, collecting items etc…
8. Make sure your carry on does fit under the seat in front of you. I have this great Lug bag that my friend insisted was the best for travel. And it is great – it has compartments to hold everything and more, but what it doesn’t do is slide easily under the seat in front of me. I have to turn it on its side and that is a pain in the you know what when you are trying to get something out. I’ll put it on craigslist soon and look for a carry on that is more of a duffel style.
9. Bring new toys and books for your kids. If you are on a long car trip or flight, don’t think you can bring the same toys from home to entertain your kids. You need something new, flashy and interesting to sustain hours of being trapped in a seat. Again just saying. They don’t need an iPad for the whole trip, but a few new shows, educational games and some Angry Birds will definitely help pass the time.
10. Don’t overpack. Our old mantra was, “if you can carry it, you can pack it”. We are both trying to pair down what we pack – especially on a beach vacation. Check Pinterest for packing ideas. When you spend most of the day in your bathing suit and cover up, you probably don’t need 4 pairs of shorts, 3 skirts and 5 dresses for a 7 day trip.
11. Use a portable luggage scale. With so many airlines instituting 50 lb luggage limits, this handy scale will save you the hassle of shifting luggage, shopping and souvenirs at check in. They are fairly accurate and have always kept us under the 50 lb limit and the extra fees for our luggage being over the limit.
These easy travel tips work for us every time! If you know of a great travel tip, please share it with us!