The travel industry is optimistic that the coming year will find more people traveling at home and overseas. If you are one of the people that is considering a trip this year, whether it be cross country or even to Europe, we will offer some advice for you.
Ideally, you should carry only two suitcases - one large suitcase, and one smaller suitcase. You'll want to use the smaller suitcase for everything you will need after a day of being on the go such as your nightgown, robe, folding slippers, toothbrush and toothpaste, and cosmetics. You will find that if you have been out and about, you will not want to go on a long search for these pleasantries. The larger suitcase will make a great place to keep all your clothes.
Economy of space is the real secret to packing efficiently. You can certainly get by with small sizes for cosmetic products like bath powder, shampoo, cold cream, and toothpaste. The toothpaste that you choose should serve a dual purpose. It should give you fresh both breath and clean teeth.
A travel alarm clock if one of those oft forgotten accessories that always proves invaluable. Your concierge can be unreliable when it comes to waking you up on schedule, and you don't want to miss your plans. Another tip is to avoid carrying a lot of cash on you at any one given time, nothing more than to cover your expenses for just a day or two. Your spending money is better protected when it is in the form of traveler's checks. Whenever you find yourself in need of cash, simply cash the check. It is a good idea to have a credit card with you. Make sure that the one you carry will be accepted where you are traveling and leave any that you won't be using safely at home.
If you keep a few safety precautions in mind, you won't be as much as a target. Make sure you don't allow your purse to dangle from a strap over one shoulder. Make sure you carry a purse with a strap long enough to wear across your body and tucked underneath your arm; men should never carry their wallet in their back pocket.
Using elastic bands to encase your wallet is a clever trick. It is virtually impossible for someone to slip it out of your pocket without notice, as it will no longer easily slide against fabric. You do not need to carry sentimental or valuable items with you. Make sure your carry-on luggage contains at least one outfit and other basic essentials.
You may want to have a mini clothesline made for travel and clothespins for the line, as well as a few inflatable hangars. All of the above can be purchased at variety counters. You will find these times useful if you need to rinse and hangup clothes at the days end. Bring a stash of mailing labels that already have your name printed on them. Bring self-addressed mailing labels and postage or learn where local post offices are so you can mail these items home. Simply ask the sales associate to put the label on your package before it's shipped. These are also excellent items to use when you want to send a quick postcard.
Make sure to save all of your receipts from sales and shipping in an envelope or coupon carrier for easy reference. If you have this prepared in advance, you will go through customs faster. Make sure you have an assortment of different sized plastic bags for packing lingerie, shoes, or laundry individually.
Be sure to bring along some of your preferred sunscreen since there's no telling if it will be available where you're traveling. To make sure there will be no breakage, carry lotions, cold cream, shampoo, and deodorant in plastic bottles or jars.
One last piece of advice would to make sure your clothes are mostly wrinkle resistant and will drip dry. You don't want to waste time on vacation with washing and ironing. Do not try and stuff too much in your schedule. Sure, you'll want to see and do all you can, especially if you are visiting a new place, but you need to also plan time to relax and enjoy the hotel and the local scenery.