It doesn't have to be difficult to pack your belongings and move across the country or down the street for an amazing traveling experience. No matter if you are an experienced traveler or just starting to travel alone, it's the ideal time to plan your next adventure. You can even go on a weekend trip to discover new places or go traveling with family! Do you want to have more fun and save a considerable amount on your next vacation? Check out these top travel and packing tips from 2022 before you start packing your bags.
Fly on the actual holiday
The last few days of a holiday can prove to be chaotic at the airport. Think before and take steps early. If you get the holiday season, don’t wait to make plans and depart on your vacations without thinking about it too much. If you are traveling with family to enjoy a holiday or going for a journey with friends, that’s great. Make sure you do your packing on time to avoid any delays.
It will surprise you how much more enjoyable traveling will become when you remain patient and understand the situation while making important decisions. It's not about what happens, it's how you respond to it and make perfect decision that can help you get the best out of your vacations..
Get travel insurance
Many things can happen in life: people get sick, vacation plans change, and work projects take precedence. It's not the worst thing to be unable to take a much-needed vacation, but having to pay for it while you are at home. Double ouch! Seek out travel insurance and cancellation policies. It could be worth the cost!
You're bound to have hundreds or thousands of wonderful memories when you travel for a long time. Capture the memories in photos and videos. Imagine what you feel if these memories were lost and you would never get them back. A cloud system (online backup) is a better option than lugging around a hard disk. If you have all your photos stored on a blog, that's also a great idea!
Avoid overweight baggage charges
Traveling requires a lot more stuff than you realize. You should pack carefully. Don’t pack every other thing. Lighten your luggage to keep space for everything. That’s the best way by which you can get ready for whatever happens. Souvenirs can be purchased without having to pay additional fees for overweight bags.
Get a good night's sleep
Jet lag, turning and tossing, and under-eye bags as big as your suitcase are all signs of flying in a different time zone or traveling internationally. It's not fun! It is best to start the local schedule immediately. Flying west? Get up a bit earlier the first night. If you are heading east, go to bed earlier than usual.
Make a plan to get well
You are more likely to get sick if you have a history of illness or you spend more than a week abroad. It can be worse than at home, especially when you are in unfamiliar surroundings. You have the best chance of survival if you prepare for it.
It's great to find a cheap Airbnb or hotel. However, you should be more careful about the location. You might spend more if it is so far away that you need to take cabs to get there every time.
Eat like a local
Avoid the big chains and go local when you are out of town. Are you unsure where to go? Talk to your hotel or to the Airbnb owner to get some ideas.
Ask if you have any questions.
Ask locals where the best coffee is, ask for spare toilet supplies, and ask to taste a flavor before buying. It's true, you will get it if asked!
Keep it Digital
Don't waste time rummaging through paper. Everything can be stored on your smartphone, so you can quickly find it. You can keep your boarding pass and hotel/car rental reservations, luggage shipping label, and any other information you might need to be printed. In case your WiFi is down, take screenshots of any important information, including the QR code on your boarding pass.
Click Lots of photos
Your best memories will be your photos, so take lots of them. Once you are back home, print your photos using a printing service. You'll have something to look at while you wait for your next vacation!
Keep essentials in your carry on
You will eventually travel if you travel enough. Your luggage will not be there. You should have everything you need for the first night, plus an extra outfit and a bathing suit if you are going to the beach. You won't have to worry about delayed luggage.
Ship your stuff
Shipping your luggage directly to your hotel is the best way to avoid any hassles at airport security. There is no luggage to carry through airport security and there is no waiting at baggage claim. Your travels will be much easier for less than the cost of an average checked bag. You will treasure your photos forever. Take lots. Once you are back home, print your photos using a printing service. You'll have something to look at while you wait for your next vacation!
Do your laundry before packing.
It is worth noting that packing is about twenty times easier if you do your laundry before.
Always keep baby wipes and dude wipes on hand
Sometimes, there won't even be a shower. Showers can be delayed or even missed. For a quick refreshment, bring baby wipes, or if the dude wishes to avoid feeling gross.
Make sure to bring snacks and entertainment.
Never forget snacks. Trust me, you and your travel companion don't want to be hungry. You won't ever hate long-haul flights again! Make sure you bring light snacks and a snack.
Purchase a Hard Suitcase
This is a simple one, but non-hard suitcases can easily be damaged. Have you ever arrived at your destination to find something damaged, either in the suitcase or the bag itself? A hard case is the best investment you can make. No more broken gear and no worries. I've even been able to fit glass bottles in it without any problems.
Take one of everything
One pair of jeans can be worn at a given time. Jeans last for a long time before they need to be washed. You can reduce the amount of stuff you have to carry. There will always be a place nearby that can purchase the item.
Comfortable walking shoes are essential
Walking is a major part of hiking and traveling in Europe. You should bring at least one pair of sneakers or gym shoes.
Before you go, research food
You don't want your stomach to ache so research is key. Rather than picking a place just based on the exterior or interior of the building, take a foodie tour.
Act now, apologize later
Many years ago, I was too shy or worried about not doing things. I wasn't sure if I could take photos or if I could enter a particular door. I learned that I can always apologize if I do something wrong. It's better to try, see and do everything than never to know. A smile can go a long way in getting you out of trouble. JUST DO IT
It's a good idea to make a note or write down some thoughts. It's easy to forget the intimate moments with someone you have never met or the details such as the smell of fresh flowers.
Learn key phrases
A few years back, one of the most important things I did was to take the time and learn key phrases for every country I visited in Europe. It has been hugely helpful to learn how to say "NO", “Please”, "Thanks” and "Do you have vegetarian food?" over the years.
Always pack snacks in your backpack
Always pack snacks whether you're on a short trip or a long trip. It's impossible to predict when you might find something to eat.
Keep your money divided while you pack for travel
The worst travel experience might be one when someone lost their wallet with all bank and credit cards. These things do happen. You should have some extra cash in your bag for an emergency.
Ask for help
You can be sure that the little old lady looking up from her newspaper just wants to help you. You just need to ask.
Ask for recommendations
It is a good idea to ask locals for recommendations instead of always relying on Google while you travel to a new destination. Local insiders can often give you great tips and will often offer to show or take you to the right place.
Get rid of the cinemas
I've been there many times looking for activities abroad and ended up in line at the cinemas to see a new movie. I can tell you from personal experience that this film is not going anywhere. This is not what you packed for travel ! Choose something more social and fun, such as a bowling alley, or a local sporting event.