Rescheduled post: Originally published on Feb 26, 2018
Last year was THE most traveling I have ever done in one year. I had a total of about 15-16 trips, mostly business and a few pleasure. It was a whirlwind. I had switched jobs and came into this one knowing I would have to travel a bit. I thought it would be mostly domestic but it turned out to be global & a lot more trips than I originally thought. I amassed somewhere around 75k miles. Now that I look back, airports and airplanes were sort of my second home? Weird!!
I had a few international and many domestic trips. The places I visited and things I learned were invaluable for my career. At the same time, the hard part was being away from my husband for weeks at a time. I enjoy traveling for most part and the perks of the hard work I put in comes in the form of little luxuries here and there. He knows I enjoy this aspect of my job so he is supportive of it, so thank you!:)
For those of you who read my last post When it rains it…? know that travel is not always fun and games. However, I am at another airport in California again this morning and this time was thinking about what I do to make traveling easy and comfortable. I wanted to share a few tips with my fellow bloggers who love traveling and even if you don’t, don’t worry, you will learn some new things!:)
Here are 7 tips that I wanted to share with you all that hopefully will help make your travel as smooth and comfortable — well, as comfortable as sitting in a plane for a long period of time– can be!:)
1. Lug It: More than 90% of the time I only pack a carry on and don’t check in my bag. Saves me time and I don’t stress about my bag making it. I have a mini Samsonite hard shell carry-on that I use for all my trips & my laptop backpack, be it for 5 days or 10 days. Hopefully my packing list will give you an idea:
— A blazer, 2 cardigans, a light jacket**, 3 pairs of shoes + sandals, 4 tops, 2 pairs of pants, 1 scarf, 2 sleeping shirts, 1 pair of PJ bottoms, & travel size toiletries. I can mix and match my wardrobe and have it look like a new outfit every day.
**Light jacket- Bring one, doesn’t matter if you are going to Hawaii or Florida. Airports can get cold!
2. Roll In: When packing, I roll everything including tops, pants, and cardigans. There is a special way to fold blazers, ask me if you would like to know. Rolling has two benefits: a) saves space and b) keeps your clothes from creasing.
3. Bottle up: I take an empty water bottle with me and fill up once I get to my gate. Saves me the hassle of having to purchase bottled water at a premium price.
4. Dress up (Mostly down): There may be times you need to be somewhere right after you land, in those cases you may dress up. I usually like to wear very comfortable clothes- think work out outfits. I like to be as comfortable as I can when on the airplane.
5. Eats: Bring some nuts or fruits or anything you like to snack on in small portions in a zip-lock bag to avoid snacks at premium prices in the airplane.
6. Entertainment: Bring books, or your tablet or magazines. Anything you need to keep yourself entertained if it is a long flight. Battery packs and chargers are important. Even an eye mask if you plan to sleep. Don’t rely completely on in-flight entertainment.
7. Don’t forget: To people watch :D, have some fun & oh, bring a change of clothes in your backpack(the one that stays with you) if you check-in your suitcase just in case your bag doesn’t make it, you have something you can change into. It feels great when you are prepared and actually end up using it! Really! It does! 🙂
I hope these tips make your travel a little bit smoother and a lot more comfortable. Been packing the same way for more than a year now.
So, dear readers – Lug a little less, Roll a little more, Save Some Cash, Travel Comfy & Stay Hydrated! 🙂
Did you find these tips helpful? Do you have some tips and suggestions for me? What do you do when you travel to make it more comfortable? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
Bonus: If you made it all the way here and are a frequent traveller, I suggest getting ‘compression socks’. <Look it up if you haven’t heard of it before. It helps with better circulation.> It is a huge relief for your legs if you are sitting for long periods of time often.
Stay Curious & Have a Peaceful Day!