Between airport security, traffic delays, and lugging luggage, traveling can be truly miserable. Like with many things, experience can make it just a little easier. Here are a few of the travel tips I've picked up over the years that make travel just a little less stressful.
Getting Through Security
Read up on Security
When traveling internationally, especially if I have transfers in different countries, I always like to look up the different security procedures. I've learned the hard way that in the UK they take the required single plastic sandwich bag for liquids rule very seriously and that in India all men and women are separated and patted down, plus you can't get into a terminal without having a print-out of your flight booking and ID. There's nothing more stressful than airport security and having a heads up definitely makes thing a little less terrible.
When it comes to domestic travel, TSA Pre-Check can mean the difference between missing a flight completely to having time for a quick bite to eat before you take off. Not having to remove your shoes, laptop, liquids, belt, and light jacket can speed up the line and leave you feeling way less stressed. It's reasonably priced at $85 for a 5 year membership, plus whoever is accompanying you can usually get in on the pre-check action.
Painless Packing Tips
Coordinate Your Outfits
When packing, I always lay out all my looks so I can see how everything works together. I try to reuse as many pieces as possible and pack versatile, small accessories like vintage bandanas. I never end up wearing all the looks I packed but I'm always happy that the one sweater I brought with me works with all the pants, shoes, and shirts in my bag.
Pack a Go-Bag of Essentials
Whenever my husband and I are planning a trip there are a few things we don't have to think about. We always have a go-bag packed with our essentials, like our Everyday Skincare Travel Set, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. We also have a bag of medicine, band-aids, and tissues for emergencies. The only thing we have to worry about is what we're going to wear.
Pack a Sleep Mask
I alway sleep with a sleep mask and I never go anywhere without one. You never know what your sleeping situation is going to be like, but if you have your sleep mask at least one thing will be consistent. I'm sort of particular about the type of mask I wear. I always opt for cotton over silk or polyester, mostly because it's easy to toss in the washer. It also must have a single adjustable strap, no tie or lone stretchy piece of elastic. This mask, available on Amazon, is perfect, because it fits all my requirements and it's super affordable ($8.99)- I lose these things on the regular and leave one in all of my travel bags. It's definitely a quantity over quality situation.
Traveling with Pets
When traveling domestically, my Italian Greyhound, Levi, often comes along too. When taking a train, car, or bus, he travels in his extra large Wagwear bag. He may be only 8 pounds but the extra space is great for packing all of his accessories. I also always have a pack of Honest Company Baby Wipes and a Tide To Go Stick for when things get messy.