Traveling is fun but sometimes frustrating as well. A few basic ideas can make life a bit simpler. Travel warriors, those people who travel continually, look for anything possible to make the trip easier. Take some tips passed along by a few of those savvy travelers.
Pack with Airport Security Lines in Mind: Be ready. Wear shoes that are easily removed. Slip-ons are the only way to go through security. Put heavy jewelry in a suitcase or purse before reaching the security line. This will avoid the drill of having to take items off before going through the scanner. Keep a small zip bag in your suitcase just for that purpose. Those plastic quart baggies that are to hold all toiletries are a pain. They do not last. Go to a travel store and buy a little clear plastic zipper pouch made just for that purpose. Think about what is in that plastic liquids bag. The pressure in an airplane can cause liquids to leak. In a purse or luggage, such an episode can get a vacation off to a bad start. While at that travel store, buy some small containers that will not leak when under air pressure. Also, faces exude frustration when someone gets up to the checkpoint in security and cannot find his or her boarding pass. Avoid needing to search for documents. Choose one consistent place for them.
The Curling Iron: Consider this if traveling with a curling iron. All is well until the traveler gets ready to leave her hotel on the last day of a hotel stay. If needing to leave shortly after getting dressed, that curling iron could still be hot. It sounds like a little problem, but it is a real one. Place the hot curling iron in an oven mitt. That way there is no worry about it being too hot and burning something in the suitcase.
The Dirty Laundry: Especially with noticeable baggage fees now days, few travelers choose to take an extra piece of luggage for those garments already worn. An idea is to put all of those items, rolled to save space, into a plastic bag like the cleaners use. The bag adds almost no weight to the suitcase and keeps the dirty laundry separated from the fresh clothes. Needed is a word of caution here. Plastic bags of any sort pose a suffocation risk to small children.
Passing the Time: Always have one book on audio tape. Loading those to newer cell phones is a great new way to avoid the bulk of carrying a print book. "If not for the books you read and the people you meet, you're the same person today as you were five years ago."
Controlling the Hunger : Take granola bars or some snack of choice in the carry-on suitcase. Layovers and flight delays become less of a hassle when you aren't starving.
Staying Packed: If traveling often, keep toiletries packed and have a separate set to use at home. Then, to get going, just add clothes. If only traveling for a few days, consider putting items such as conditioner and face cleanser into contact lens holders. They are small, but can hold enough for a few days.
The Shoe Color Code: Choose either black or brown shoes and pack a suitcase from that palette. Wear one pair and pack another, but never travel with more than two pairs. Another shoe hint involves use of those throw away shower caps in hotels. Pack your shoes in those to keep them from getting garments dirty in the suitcase.
Finding Your Way: Frugal travelers carry their own GPS if they own one. Another perk besides saving on rental cost is that the traveler already knows how to run the device without a new learning curve.
Get Organized: Everything should have its own spot in a suitcase or briefcase and should go back in its designated place when not in use. This saves time in looking for tools such as clickers, flash drives, chargers, power cords, etc. Leave one power cord for a laptop in the suitcase or briefcase ready for travel. Purchase a second one for home use.
Drawing those Drapes: Bring a clothes pin to keep those pesky curtains closed and the hotel parking lot lights from disturbing sleep.
Then There's Unpacking: Obviously this is not applicable for 100% of travel items, but it's a decent guideline. After a trip, unpack everything and place into three piles: things used often, things only used once, and things not used at all. Next time, leave home whatever is in the last two piles.
Last but Not Least: On every trip, meet at least one new interesting person. See at least one new thing.
Have safe and happy travels out there!