Sunday, October 14, 2012
5 Travel Tricks & Tips For Travelistas on the Go
#1) Luggage- know the luggage size and weight requirements. While many international flights include at least one checked luggage, it is important to know the size and weight requirements. You can be accessed fees for luggage that exceed requirements or if you have one too many bags. Please consult with scheduled airline as luggage fees and restrictions vary by carrier and destination.
#2) Clothing & Packing- during the day, a casual dress style and comfortable walking shoe is highly recommended. You should also dress in layers that may be added or removed as the temperature changes. It's is also suggested to pack a raincoat, umbrella, and/or waterproof shoes during rainy season. For special evenings, smart casual attire is preferred. Jeans, shorts and sneakers are not recommended. A dress and sandals are good options. Other items to pack outside of clothing are a camera (still photo or video), batteries, recharging equipment (ie..cell phone), a travel alarm, sewing kit, and hand sanitizer. You should pack in your carry-on any prescription medicine and articles of value. Avoid over packing because you may want to bring home souvenirs or new clothes.
#3) Currency- local currency is needed for meals, gratuities, and small items such as postcards and postage. If you carry a major credit card or debit card, make sure you contact your credit card company and/or bank, and let them know where you will be traveling so that you can avoid rejection of services. It is also recommended to to have the retailer charge in the local currency than in US dollars. A final tip, as related to money, is to obtain local currency money through an ATM machine at the destination rather than through an exchange service at the Airport. Contact your bank for ATM locations at your destination.
#4) Long Flight- it is important that you hydrate and stretch while flying. Getting up every 2 to 2 1/2 hour is recommended. Drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
#5) Passport- bring a copy of your passport and other identification. It should be packed separately from the original, and a copy left at home and a relative and/or friend, along with your itinerary (if known), and an emergency number (ie...accommodation).
Travelistas, do you find these tips helpful?