Share your traveling tips

@claire03 (1444)
United States
August 31, 2007 9:15pm CST
Traveling can be hard if we don't do the things we need to get done before traveling. Mispacking is the easiest way to ruin your trip, not having proper attire or toiletries, or having important items broken in transit can really spoil a trip. To have a good and safe travel we need some guide or tips. The number one rule in packing for a trip is to pack lightly cause you'll be carrying all your things, it's better to save your energy unless you have the whole family with you to carry your bags. Bring all the important toiletries that you will need in your travel like toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and towel. Take the clothes that you just want to wear and will need. You need miscellaneous items too for your trip like books to read, sunglasses, water bottle, tiny flashlight and so on. Don't forget your wallet and important business cards. Keep your passport and airline ticket on hand. I think there is a lot more travel tips so maybe you can add more on this if you have some ideas, share it here.
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@butterfly39 (3907)
• Philippines
1 Sep 07
First thing you must have the money of course...I have three kids to bring with me so a lot of things are to be prepared...like clothes, food, water, soaps, towels slippers, toothbrush and everything that are needed everyday and every minute...I have to bring toys too for my little boy because he'll be looking for it...
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• United States
1 Sep 07
If you are going to some place hot, have plenty of drinks.
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@candy111 (241)
• Philippines
1 Sep 07
Make sure to read up on your intended destination. Check things like, weather, currency/banking, consulate/embassy number, proper dress attire. This is important because it will give you an idea on what to pack. If I am going on a trip for fun and I dont expect to really being socializing, I might pack jeans that I can wear more than once during the entire trip. Otherwise, of course, if you are there on business during part or the whole trip, then you have to bring additional items of clothing. Try to wear very comfortable shoes that pretty much will go along with all the attire you have with you. Bring all the medicines you need especially prescription medicines as several countries will carry medicines in a different brand name. Make sure your passport is at least more than 6 months from its expiry date, that you have your travel visa and all necessary documents aside from the ticket on hand. Its easier to travel with some of the currency of your intended destination, this gives you an option to change money where the rates are higher instead of the airport, which usually gives a lower exchange rate. I always carry most of my necessities in my knapsack which i do not check in, this is in case they lose your luggage or other mishaps. Basically, money, passport, ticket, credit cards, hotel reservation, medicines, travel itinerary. If you are going to a country that is not an english speaking country, it is helpful to know a few words of the native language. When we were kids and we travelled somewhere, my parents would have the hotel concierge write on a piece of paper, what hotel and the address in the native language and we were told when we get lost to just show this to a policeman.
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
1 Sep 07
When I'm traveling, I start contemplating what to take a few days in advance. I always pack at least 1 outfit for "odd weather." Which means if I'm expecting warm weather I pack 1 outfit for cold weather, or if I'm expecting cold weather I pack 1 outfit for warm weather. Just in case. I roll up all of my clothes so they fit better. I stuff socks into any shoes I'm packing (I usually travel in sandals) to save room. I pack toiletries last. Basically the day I'm traveling, after I've used them. Anything that I use daily (shampoo, soap, toothpaste/brush, deodorant, etc) as soon as I've used it. When it comes to any carry on or "I need access to this while traveling" items, I pack those a week in advance, including books and things to do. Before I leave the house I do an "idiot check." Making sure that I have tickets, wallet, money, keys and all that and that I know exactly where it is. Then I walk through the house and see if there's anything I've forgotten to do, shut off or pack.
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@AmbiePam (51194)
• United States
1 Sep 07
I'm answering this right from my e-mail, so I don't know if this has been suggested yet. But always keep your money on your person, if not also your valuables. There is a site to check to make sure you are set for your trip. It is: www.1000tips4trips.com. Hope it can be useful to many!
@AmbiePam (51194)
• United States
1 Sep 07
Oh, and when I mentioned valuables, I meant if you were going on an airplane.
• Berlin, Germany
21 Nov 13
Hi.. I would like to share some thoughts on traveling that we should take care for making our trip reliable. 1) Always carry a hard copy map of the city you're going to 2 ) Check drinking water, food are safe or not. 3) To keep your clothes smelling fresh, pop a dryer sheet in your suitcase 4) Book transportation and hotels in advance. I hope all these tips will help people.
• United States
2 Sep 07
It's interesting reading everyone's travel tips. I travel all the time, so I don't even think about it anymore. I pack the night before if it's an early flight, the same day if it's a late flight. For clothes and toiletries, I close my eyes and start with my feet and work up. I put everything on the bed and then take a glance to see if anything is unnecessary. I put about half the stuff back and make sure it can all fit in a carry on because otherwise, travel is a real pain. I have a Rick Steve's backpack which can expand to a check-in size so I like taking that, just in case I buy stuff. I make sure I have all my travel documents and then I relax knowing that no matter where I go, I can buy whatever I forgot.
@maximax8 (29129)
• United Kingdom
1 Sep 07
I really love to travel but, so far, have not learned how to travel light. I usually take many things with me, all of them useful. I like to wear a money belt, that contains my passport, debit card, a small amount of money and the details of my travel insurance. If I travel to somewhere like Guatemala I hide my valuables, especially money, in five different places. I always take a handbag, where I carry things like my camera, my contacts, my sunglasses, my small flash light and my itinerary. I like to have a day pack that has some snacks, my travel pillow and my water bottle. I have a larger backpack that I have my clothes in, as well as a cup, plate, knife, fork, spoon, snorkeling mask, toiletries, books, paper and pens.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
1 Sep 07
Travelling Kit must include priority wise Ur Passport and other identification documents(which must be always with u at safe place ur credit card, travellers cheque and Money cell phone First Aid medicine,(mosquito replent if u r going to stay out) information about hotels or prior booking, their rates etc Toletries and personal accessories Information about place u r going(map, weather, people, culture etc) Pack ur dresses according to weather. (jeans are best as u dont need to iron and worried about getting dirty) the bag must be with wheels so u have to carry less.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
1 Sep 07
When packing for a trip, make sure to pack those things that you might need right away where you will be able to get at them easily. You won't want to have to dig for important items that are buried.
@jHoEn16 (2043)
• Australia
1 Sep 07
i have one kid and i have to prepare a lot... before leaving the philippines, i did choose the clothes i will bring the clothes i will wear during the flight and of course for my baby... so i did pack all the things that i wont need during the flight on my loggage properly... and on my handcarry, i put there my toothbrush, clothes for me to change and for my baby too... feeding bottles, milk and my stuff...etc..etc.. etc... my tickets and wallets was on my little bag separated from the other stuff i have... and to make sure that there will be no hussle... try not to put things that the airport wont allow... when i check in it didnt take a long time since all my baggage are packed properly... and i didnt bring those stuff that the airport wont allow...
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
1 Sep 07
Pack 1 or 2 sets of clothing for odd weather. At least pack a jacket in case some freak weather occurs. Be sure to know the flight rules for carry on products, lots of stuff gets confiscated now. Bring a pocket knife just in case. Make sure someone you trust knows where you are going just in case something troubling occurs. Pack first aid items or a first aid kit if possible. Chain your wallet or purse to you but make the chain long enough so you can access it without too much trouble. Keep 2 or more pens on you.