When traveling, always be prepared to have things stolen. Make advance photocopies of all of your important papers. You can even upload electronic scans of these documents for easy access while traveling. The local American embassy can assist you in contacting those at home who can wire you emergency funds or help in replacing your passport, but not much else.
If you are traveling light and planning to wash laundry as you go, use your daily shower as an opportunity to wash your underwear and even your lightweight shirt. It only takes a few moments and prevents you from building up a pile of laundry that needs to be washed all at once.
Long driving trips can be fun and economical, but the cost of stopping for meals every few hours will add up, especially for a family. If you are planning a longish car trip, make sure you have plenty of car food available in advance. You may be able to get away with skipping the hourlong lunch stop, which will not only save you money, but will get you to your destination sooner. If you have a second adult in the car, that person can serve as “lunchmaker,” handing around sandwiches, cutting fruit, and making sure everybody gets their midday meal on the road.
Look at your health insurance policy to determine what the coverage is when you travel outside your own country. Chances are high that at some point, you will travel past your own borders. There is every possibility that you will need health care while you are away. Does your policy cover the cost of any health care you might need? You should know the answer to that question before you ever set foot across the border.
Knowing what to take with you on a trip can be tough and you can often forget important things. Put an hour aside, to sit down a few days before your trip and compile a list of things that you need to take with you. Make a second list of things that you may need, but you are okay without if there is only limited space. Making lists, ensures that you won’t forget important items.
Taking a long road trip can be fun, but getting lost is not. Before starting your trip, stop by your local market and buy yourself an affordable road map. While a GPS device is great, a map will always be accurate and is much safer on the road. This will ensure that you arrive at your destination in a perfect frame of mind.
If you’re going to be going on a road trip, bring a power inverter with you. A power inverter is a handy device that you plug into your car’s cigarette lighter and then lets you plug anything into it. It’s great if you’re traveling with kids since you can plug video games or a laptop in.
Avoid catching a cold, or worse, on the plane with hand sanitizer. An airplane is an enclosed space where a large number of people are confined for an extended period of time. To make matters worse, the air inside the cabin is circulates, spreading germs from passenger to passenger. To avoid catching something, try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you must scratch that itch, wash your hands, and then apply hand sanitizer.
If you plan to travel with children it is best to think ahead. Kids are not the easiest to vacation with and will need quite a few entertainment tools to keep them happy. If you make a list in advance, you will know exactly what to bring when you travel.