Truth be told, I rather like traveling. I love meeting new people and seeing places that I don't get to see on a regular basis. I've done it a lot in my life and have learned a few things that I'd like to share with you.
1. Roll. Your. Clothes.
Gives. You. Space. For. More. Shoes.
2. Seriously. Always pack a snack.
You never know when you'll be stuck somewhere longer than you thought without food nearby.
3. Make sure your iPod,
laptop, netbook, iPad,
or old fashioned CD player has a fresh charge (or batteries).
And don't forget to pack your charger for said device(s)...
4. Invest in the travel size containers.
You know, for hair products, toothpaste, body wash, etc...
And you can now use reusable quart-sized zip top bags for your
precious products when going through TSA security.
5. Put a scented sachet, fabric softener, or cedar block in your suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh!
OH! And bring a sack or bag for your dirty clothes.
1. Dress for the security check. You can always stash those cute bangles and sexy boots in your carry on and change once you make it through security. Everyone will thank you for it.
2. Sign up for email/text notifications with the airline. Just in case they change your gate, or delay your flight, or any of those things that NEVER happen... note the sarcasm.
3. Always have gum. This is for the greater benefit of your fellow passengers. :)
4. Think ahead.
About your snacks and entertainment.
About your next flight.
About needing to use the potty.
5. Be Considerate. No one really wants to share the tiny space they paid hundreds of dollars for, but like you, they need to get somewhere important to them. Find out their story. Share yours. Make it fun.
By Car (or bus...or train, I suppose, as well...)
1. Put together some killer road mix tunes.
(Or have your friends make some for you. I had my friends do this for my cross country road trip a couple of years ago. It. Was. AWESOME.)
2. For real. Load up on the water and snacks.
3. Give yourself time to stop at that random place you keep seeing signs for.
4. Stay with friends, family, or campsites.
You'll save soooo much money. Reserve hotels for when you absolutely MUST. Unless you have the cash for the hotels...then do the hotels.
5. Put a road trip blog together and blog it out!
This helps keep tabs on you for safety plus it lets everyone else in on the adventure!
I could write sooo much more, but these are some of things that I consider when traveling by air or by car. The most important things to know are: where you're going, how to be as safe as you possibly can, and to HAVE FUN!