Lug Less, Roll More! ~7 Practical Travel Tips~

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:Β 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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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!

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    1. Thank you!:) I used to pack way more too.. that’s before last year. Now, I try to stick to this 90% of the time. It’s a lot more convenient, believe you me😊 πŸ’Ό

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  1. I envy you. I too love travelling.. Exploring new places. But I don’t get opportunities as frequently as you.

    Your travel tips are real good.. Practical n efficient… Already following some; roll in being totally new.. Gonna try it the next time I pack up. πŸ˜„

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    1. Oh, thank you!😊 It is soo good to hear that. I enjoy most aspects of it but there are definitely some cons too. Maybe, that can be a separate post? ..πŸ€”πŸ˜Š

      Ha ha, also, I bet when you read my β€˜When it rains…’ post, you may not be too envious! πŸ˜…πŸ˜Š

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  2. I’m getting curious about what your job is that requires you to travel so often domestic and international.
    Those are great tips. I find the more you travel, the more concise your packing gets. You learn you don’t need your full wardrobe, but you do need a few staples.

    I actually got the compression socks recently and this will be my first trip in them. They seem to be a miracle worker.

    Btw, I wrote a piece of what to do at the airport a little while ago. Not sure if you’ve seen it or not: https://dailyflabbergast.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/things-to-do-at-the-airport/

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    1. Yes, I was just think about that too, well about your profession. We can always swap emails:D
      Thank you, glad you found it helpful. It was surprising how many people read my post right before their trip, made me happy! I mostly try to work at the airports, but its so noisy, can never fully focus. End up writing posts instead!
      I will absolutely check out your post on what to do at the airports!:) Safe travels!

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  3. Enjoying your thoughts and tips here on your blog.

    I sure hope to see more writings, photos and fabulous advice over here at your place!

    I stopped blogging for a while as we were remodeling my childhood home. However, that has slowed down and am trying to post 2 times a week. Please continue to stop by and nudge me a bit. Your motivation and pleasant attitude could keep me inspired!

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    1. I absolutely will! The whole premise of my blog is motivating and hopefully inspiring people to make a start. And 2 posts a week was exactly what my goal was when I started. That is a realistic and achievable goal for me. However, when traveling, it’s only one per week but I try πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi!! I am glad you found it helpful!:) I used to be the same way and pack 5 extra outfits before but with constant travel I realized, i was tiring myself out just lugging extra weight!:)
      I will check it out for sure! & thanks for following!β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ

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  4. Good stuff – I was told to roll clothes some years ago and it actually changed my life.
    Also, pack the heaviest items at the bottom of the bag and pack your underwear last: shove it in at the sides, it’ll find the spaces πŸ™‚

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    1. Hello there! This comment was somehow sitting in my spam folder, just saw it today. I go through it every couple of weeks and what a fun surprise! Thanks for the nomination!

      Appreciate your kind words about my blog posts and the encouragement! I enjoy writing and it is a passion, happy that it comes through! ❀

      (Btw, the link you posted above didn't take me to the award post, I can find it on your site, not a big deal:) )

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  5. This is useful for me as I’m a frequent traveler myself. I usually do take the car though! But most if the tips still apply.
    This evening I’m off again, 3 hours by car. Definitely brining water and nuts with me!

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  6. Kudos to you and your husband, it takes a strong marriage to survive that kind of schedule. For the first 15 years we were together my husband worked a job that took him away from home for weeks or months at a time. 3 years ago we decided his career had served it’s purpose and we now wanted to spend our lives together so he walked away from $80,000+ per year.
    I don’t travel much but my daughter has a job where she travels all over the US. Last month she went to Minnesota for two weeks. Before she left I reminded her that even though it was “spring” it would be cold. She said she planned on taking her winter coat, hat, boots. Indeed there was much snow while she was there. The rest of the people on the team she worked with were from warm parts of the country and were not prepared for the weather. Some had never experienced snow before.

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  7. Thank you Ruth! Thank you for sharing your experience. Yes, it is hard at times and he doesn’t always like it for me to be gone but he knows how much I love travelling and exploring new places even though it is for a work trip. I am not sure how sustainable it is long term but for the time being I am enjoying the experience, once it gets to be too much or I start thinking of it as a drag, I will consider my options again.

    I like to call it Minne-snow-ta. It is pretty unpredictable here, it snowed 18 inches few weeks ago and now it is in the 80s πŸ˜€ Good advice to your daughter !:)

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