Travel Tips

This summer after  a beautiful 18 day vacation all over the United States, I wanted to share some thoughts with you and I wanted  post some tips for travelling because I know some people will travel for Christmas

1) Do a lot of research to know the best things to do and places to see. There are so many things and places to see that people don't always know about so the more research the better. 

2) Dont over pack- You likely won't wear all that clothes anyway due to weather. We were gone for 18 days, I packed 8 outfits each, you can wear them twice and I also got to do laundry when ever I needed to

3) Don't pack clothes that you need to iron- some hotels are no longer offering a iron in the room

4) Schedule out each day- then there is no wasted time trying to decide what to do that day

5)Never pack something that you haven’t worn before. Otherwise you’ll find your new shoes too uncomfortable, your new jacket too flimsy, your new underwear too wedgie-prone.

6) Tip your hotel housekeeping staff. (A good rule is to leave them about $2 U.S./day.) While you can leave it every day on the pillow, most staff is instructed not to move money or personal items, so they might not pick it up. If this is the case, just leave it in a prominent spot when you check out.

7) Never carry your wallet in your back pocket, and never carry your purse on just your shoulder, much to easy for someone to grab it and run 

8) Take notes. As much as you believe the contrary, once you get home you will not remember your tour guide’s name, or the artist whose worked you loved so much, or even the city where you stayed. Write it down.

9) The second you think of packing something, PACK IT. If you wait, you will forget. And then you’ll end up using a plastic bag as a shower cap.

10 Call your credit card company before you leave and put a travel alert on your card. While you’re at it, jot down their international customer service number.

11 Stuffing socks into your shoes can help you save space and ensure your loafers retain their shape.

12 If you’ve forgotten something, check with the hotel before running to a drugstore. Most housekeeping departments carry toothbrushes, combs, sewing kits, shower caps, and disposable razors that they will give you free of charge.

13 And, most importantly: never, EVER leave any valuables in your vehicle. I don’t care if it’s safely hidden in the trunk. I don’t care if you’re parked in the safest part of town. Don’t do it. It’s not worth the risk.


  1. Great tips here.. esp number 5. I ALWAYS make the mistake of bringing new stuff on vaca.. then finding out its uncomfortable or doesnt fit right, etc.

  2. Some great tips here. Some that I have never thought of, like the travel alert on your credit card

  3. Great tips. I like the one about the credit card too. I would never have thought to do that. I like to roll up our clothes to save space.

  4. Ooh, number 9. I fall for that one all the time. Such good advice!

  5. What a helpful post! I myself have A LOT of experience with packing (we travel to Italy every year!). It's almost become like second nature to me, lol! I'm so anal about it that I will not let my husband do ANY packing...because I can't stand the way he does it, lol! I have my "methods" and they work like a charm ;-)


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