quick tips for travel

7 Quick Tips for Travel

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I find myself constantly accumulating tips and advice relating to travel that only require a few sentences, not an entire post. I’ve gathered quick tips for travel here in one place to help you out. Whether it’s about saving money, planning, packing or something else entirely, there’s sure to be a few things on this list that will make your trip less stressful and more enjoyable.

1) Toiletries: Not sure how long your carry-on sized liquids will last? Do a test run ahead of time. That way you can plan how much toothpaste, shampoo, etc. you’ll need to pack. You’ll probably find that each bottle lasts longer than you thought it would. If you need more than what will fit in your liquids bag, restock while you’re on your trip.

Also, consider using non-liquid alternatives. They won’t spill and they won’t count towards your liquids limit.

2) Contact lens solution: If you wear contacts and you need to buy more solution on the road, look for optical shops. In the US you can find contact solution in grocery stores, pharmacies, and lots of other places, but this usually isn’t the case in other countries. If the store sells glasses and contacts, they should also sell solution.

quick tips for travel

3) Finding your hotel: Before you leave home, find out how to get to your first hotel or apartment rental. Check out ToAndFromTheAirport.com to see the options from getting from the airport into the city, and have directions printed out to get to your specific hotel. If you’re not sure what the best option is, email the hotel and ask. Knowing how to get there ahead of time will save you a lot of stress after your journey.

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4) Snacks: It’s always a good idea to have some kind of food with you, especially on travel days. A granola bar, crackers, whatever works for you. Options on planes or trains might not be the best, if even offered at all, and having a snack can hold you over for a few extra hours. While sightseeing, a quick snack might be the thing that keeps you going until you find a restaurant for your next meal.

5) Museums: Research ahead of time the opening days and hours for any museums you want to visit. Often museums are closed one or two days each week, and sometimes there’s a free day. Plan around these times to avoid missing out on a visit and to potentially save money on entry fees.

6) Religious places: Prepare to dress conservatively for religious places, no matter what religion it is. Cover your shoulders and cover your knees at a minimum. If you’re visiting  a mosque, you will be require to take off your shoes, and women will have to wear a scarf covering their hair. Please be respectful when visiting any religious building, temple or monument, indoors or outdoors, and follow their requirements.

quick tips for travel

7) Immigration forms: Most countries have some kind of immigration form you will need to fill out. The questions are pretty self-explanatory, but one seemingly simple item that can catch you off guard is about where you will be staying. Know the name and address of wherever you’re staying upon arrival. Some countries are fine accepting “HOTEL” written in, but others are more picky. I’ve had to get out of line to dig through my bag for an address to put on the form, so best to just have it ahead of time.

I’ll keep gathering these quick tips for travel to share with you every so often. Have any others? Share them in the comments!


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I was sick for the entire month of March, so I appreciate your patience while I’ve been away from posting.

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  1. Helen

    I really like the first tip about working out how many bottles of toiletries you’ll need. I find the ones that they put in your hotel room every day generally last me a week instead of just one use so I think these things tend to go further than you think.

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      Ali Garland

      Thanks Helen! Toiletries definitely last longer than you’d think. I always find it strange when hotels give you a new bottle of shampoo every day, who needs that much? But it’s nice to bring along in case the next place doesn’t give you toiletries, or for a future trip.

  2. memographer

    Helpful tips. I find “3) Finding your hotel” as the most important one in this list. Everything else still can be accomplished on the road.

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      Ali Garland

      That’s definitely an important one! Even though you can still figure out where your hotel is once you arrive, I find it much less stressful to get directions and transport options ahead of time. Thanks!

  3. Andrea

    I’m happy there are always so many options to get from the airport – just have to do a little research to save money!

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      Ali Garland

      Exactly, you can usually find something better and cheaper than a taxi!

  4. Jemma

    Snacks -> This is really my favorite! I really can’t travel without food.
    And thanks for the tips! It’s really important to plan ahead of time in order to have a hassle-free vacation… 🙂

  5. Shane Todd

    Immigration forms can be such a pain in the backside. The worst has to be the UK, feel like I’ve committed a crime just by stepping on British soil….

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      Ali Garland

      I agree, and confusing sometimes! UK immigration seems to be tough in a lot of ways.

  6. Kyi

    Thanks for great tips, Ali. I haven’t started my first solo travel yet. I’ll keep in mind for those tips. Have you got any plan to visit Burma in near future?

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      Ali Garland

      Thanks Kyi! I’d love to go to Burma one of these days, but no plans yet.

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