In the next post we reveal 20 tricks that will save you a lot of headaches before, during and after traveling. So stay tuned and remember these tips the next time you travel.
After having traveled so much, having given it a thousand laps and what was I going to put in my suitcase, take out and then put a few back in the suitcase "just in case", investigate all the web pages and applications to find out which ones work best and which ones offer cheapest flights, enter the websites of the airlines, ask friends who had already traveled before and a long etcetera, here I share with you the 20 things I have discovered and that will make your next trip much easier without going through everything that I have already gone through. You will save time and reduce your stress if you follow them!
1. Do not fill your luggage too much and do not check it in.
This is perhaps one of the easiest tips, but it is very difficult for us to follow. And is that we tend to overload our luggage (fill it with the "just in case" that I mentioned before). And you will be thinking: well go! If I don't bill it to see how I put all my clothes and the things that I will need in such a small suitcase. Don't worry, there are millions of sites on the Internet where you are shown how to put more quantity of clothes in a small suitcase, for example, rolling it up in a military style, putting basic items that you can combine with everything, clothes that are not too heavy, which if placed under the hygiene products you will also gain space, leaving at home what we will not use or that there is a slim chance that we will, so you just have to watch and learn. Likewise, If you can avoid checking the suitcase, you won't have to wait forever to wait to pick it up from the treadmill after landing, and since you will finish much earlier than the other passengers, you will leave the airport before and you will not have to stand in a huge queue to catch a taxi, as well as you will be lighter throughout your trip and you will move faster. Also, if you don't fill your suitcase that much, you will increase your travel budget with the money you have saved on checked baggage expenses.
2. Always carry a sleep mask and earplugs with you.
Anyone who hasn't slept for a night or four while traveling will appreciate this advice. Some airlines provide them to you for free, but others do not. So if you take them with you you make sure you have them and thus be able to sleep. The plane is not the only place where one can sleep, one can make use of these two new best friends almost everywhere: trains, cars, hotels, hostels, boats… even when returning from a trip; at home!
3. Mark your luggage with a fragile tag.
If you cannot control it and need to check in your suitcase, mark it with a fragile label. In this way, you make sure that your luggage is treated with care, it will have a privileged space, it will be one of the first to exit the baggage claim belt, as well as that you will already be out of the airport and inside the taxi to your destination before anyone else.
4. Configure Google Maps for offline use.
This is going to save you a lot of time! If you don't have Internet abroad or if you are thinking of putting it on just to be able to use the GPS (but you don't want to spend money), don't do it, I'll explain how to get it below. When you are still connected, open the map that you will need later to locate yourself and type "maps OK" in the search box. This saves the screen and makes it usable offline. You can also bookmark specific places of interest, as you won't be able to search for them later when you're offline. For more security, you can even take multiple screenshots of specific areas with zoom to different sizes. This will save you a lot of time getting from point A to point Z.
5. Put all your electrical devices in an old toiletry bag.
Don't waste any more time searching your suitcase for electronic devices and chargers. Put them all in a waterproof zippered toiletry bag, this way you will find them quickly and they will not get wet. Many people pack chargers for phones, iPods, camera batteries, SD cards, etc. that you won't want to buy again when it breaks down if there's a leak or storm.
6. Pack clothes that dry quickly and don't need to be ironed.
The clothes that dry fast it's the best in this world. Why spend money on the hotel's overpriced laundry services or wait for a shirt to dry when you can wash whatever you want to wear at the end of the day and be sure that when you wake up it will be clean and dry?
7. Put plastic bags in the suitcase.
Pack a few extra plastic bags with your things. This trick is super simple and comes in handy. So you won't have to wait for that wet suit to dry or have the time to clean up those sand-filled sneakers. You put it in the bag and voila! It is also very good to use these bags to cover our cameras and phones when the rain suddenly floods us, and they are also very good for use them as a laundry bagIn this way, we will not waste time later discovering which clothes are clean and which are dirty.
8. Pack a infinity scarf.
The infinity scarf, or what is the same, an infinity scarf, which is very fashionable, is the wild card for all the needs that may arise during the trip. It should always be on the list that you make of "what to bring in the suitcase", because can be transformed into different garments, from scarves, to skirts, shirts, dresses, whatever, but this wonderful piece of fabric It can be used for much more. For example: as a pillow, to cover your face, beach bag, dust mask, to wrap fragile items before putting them in the suitcase, etc.
9. Carry a first-aid kit in your suitcase.
The first aid kit you have to prepare depending on where you are traveling, with this you will save a lot of time and PAIN. At a minimum it should contain aspirin and / or acetaminophen, cotton swabs, plasters, a small tube of antibacterial cream, and perhaps some chewable anti-stomach acid. These basics can be difficult to come by, especially if you don't speak the language of the country you are traveling to. Example of First Aid Kit.
10. Compartment your suitcase with folding boxes for clothes.
After a few days or changes from one hotel to another, it will most likely look like a tornado has passed inside your suitcase. To do this, buy folding boxes for clothes that you will find in places like Carrefour and fixed! A box for hygiene items, another for socks, another for underwear, another for bras, another for pants and another for shirts and T-shirts. The best are the adjustable ones that change size, so you can use them according to your needs and that there is for example a compartment for "dirty clothes".
11. Notify your bank that you are going to travel.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you may be surprised how many people forget to do it or think that this advice is unnecessary. It's very easy to do, it's like filling out a travel form, and forgetting to do this can cause big problems, such as huge delays in doing (or at least paying for) just about anything. So until you notify or the bank receives the notification, It is convenient that you carry some cash to, at least, buy what you need if the credit card fails during the first 24 to 48 hours.
12. Make use of ATMs and credit cards instead of exchanging money.
Let's solve this once and for all: 99 percent of the time your bank will have the best possible exchange rate. So stop wasting time and money changing currency. Get your money at ATMs in the city you are traveling to or pay by credit card. But Attention !: international transaction commissions can increase the cost, so it is advisable to purchase a credit card suitable for travel that does not add these commissions. Some Charles Schwab checking accounts reimburse you for all fees charged at ATMs, at home and abroad.
13. Charge the devices with USB output on the hotel television.
Haven't taken the adapter or do you have more than one thing to charge? Do not worry! Head to the hotel room TV. Most modern televisions have power ports. USB input on the rearTherefore, you can connect and charge devices such as mobiles, iPods, iPads and cameras on the go.
14. Use an application on your mobile to convert money.
Install a currency converter on your mobile phone, such as XE Currency Exchange. This application saves you time, since you do not have to calculate the conversion mentally (we leave these mathematical operations for school and high school) and even make sure that you do not get ripped off, because mathematics may not be your strong point at school . This You can also do it even if you don't have dataSince most applications will work with the conversion rates that were in the last synchronization, this way, you can get more or less an idea.
15. Take a taxi in the departure area.
You have just arrived, you leave the airport and in arrivals you are going to take a taxi but you see that the line is very long, change your plan and go to departures to catch it there. Since all the taxis will be carrying people and once they drop them they go back to the city or to the taxi line in the arrivals area, you will not have to compete with anyone or queue to catch the taxi.
16. If you don't want to be scammed, act like you know the site.
Normally, when you get into the taxi, the driver will ask you if you are from the place where you are. If you look capable, say yesHowever, there are times when it is difficult to lie completely to his face, either because he has a different accent or because he will ask you specific questions about the place and you do not know how to answer them. If you are going to lie to him, try to have more or less memorized the way you want him to do and the names of the streets. To do this, search for the itinerary in advance on Google maps. If you prefer not to lie to him, tell him that you go to that place quite often to visit friends or that you have family that lives there. This will prevent you from being taken on unnecessary back roads that result in higher rates.
17. Email yourself a copy of the itinerary and the most important identification documents.
The last thing you want to happen to you during a trip is to have something stolen. While clothes, camera and money are important things, the most important thing of all is identification documents. Good luck if you think you are going to replace or get them back without proper identification. So first things first send yourself a copy of your passport, driving license and the documents with the reservation numbers, so at least you will be partially covered. It will save you a lot of time and big headaches if you can prove that you are who you say you are and know when and where you need to be.
18. Create a folder for the trip in email.
This idea may also seem like a no-brainer, but again, you'd be surprised how many people overlook this. Organizing a trip is usually a long process, especially if you love planning everything. Create a folder or label in your email for the trip and send there all confirmations, itineraries, etc.. It would be nice if you could take a screenshot of the emails you receive in relation to your trip. This way you will have easy access to confirmation numbers, registration locators, names and addresses. By having everything in one place you won't have to waste time searching your inbox.
19. Learn some key phrases.
Nothing speeds things up more in a foreign country than speaking the language, or at least a little of it. It is recommended that you also pack a small notepad with the most common phrases in your suitcase that you will have to use during your trip, so you will not have to memorize them. However, if you don't have enough space in your suitcase or you have the time to memorize them, do it! Just knowing some simple phrases such as "please" and "thank you", the phrase "where is ...", with some essential elements such as "bathroom", "hotel", "restaurant" and / or "hospital" They can save you time, a lot of headaches and not feel so helpless when you see that you can't say a single word in that language.
20. Get Global Entry.
Although this may only make sense for those who travel frequently to the United States, you will save a lot of time if you get it too. How much time do you waste waiting in long lines at the airport? Those who have Global Entry have many benefits, such as going through the control without removing the laptops from the suitcase, without taking off their shoes, etc.
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