As you might already know, I’m about to head off onto a three week journey through the Netherlands.
And while my blog and social media feed are about to become filled with my adventures, I thought I would first share a few travel tips for those of you who might be planning travel adventures of your own.
After a few jaunts across the ocean and throughout the vastness that is North America, I’ve gathered a few travel hacks that make life so much easier. I’m by no means an expert, but hey, when you’re heading off on a long (or short) flight, any and all tips are appreciated.
Let’s start with the before.
Tip #1: Plan ahead.
No one likes reaching their destination and realizing that you’ve forgotten something. I’ve done this all too many times, and as a result, I refuse to be that person who is scrambling at the last minute to throw everything into a bag.
Now, up to a week in advance I will start picking out my outfits and gathering anything I might need from around the house, and laying it all out in a clean open space. This not only allows me to really evaluate if I need that 10th sweater, but it allows me to see my outfits and make sure that everything I am bringing can be worn more than once. Plus, if there are some items that might need dry cleaning, this gives me tons of time to get that done.
I start by laying out all the things I would want to bring – if my suitcase was bottomless. Then, throughout the week, I’ll go back to my selections and narrow things down after some careful planning.
Tip #2: A list is your best friend.
Make a list of all the little things you need, from the obvious items like a brush, to the more forgettable items like an extra plugin. Then, check them off as you go along.
Tip #3: Weigh in.
Nothing is worse than placing your suitcase on the conveyer belt, and realizing it’s overweight. I’ll admit I’ve been that person scrambling to remove an item or two, to avoid being caught by the extra baggage fees.
Don’t be that person.
Tip #4: Relax.
Even though I’m somewhat of a seasoned traveller, I always get a bit of anxiety/excitement before a flight. What I’ve learned, is that it is important to take the night before the relax. It will not only help you remember any of those last minute items, but it will ensure that you wake up ready to start your day. Typically, when flying to Europe, you’ll arrive early in the morning – and for jet lag sake, the last thing you want to do is be napping shortly after.
My pro tip here? Aromatherapy is your best friend.
I always use my Rocky Mountain calming mask, lavender bubble bath, and my sleep spray.
Tip #5: Eat healthy.
While you may want to sit back and gorge on a pizza to celebrate your vacation, don’t. Flight food is pretty unhealthy, and you spend the entire time just sitting there. The best way to combat feeling like a lump afterwards is to give your body the most nutrients that you can beforehand.
Now, let’s move onto the during.
Tip #1: Travel light.
If you’re travelling internationally, this is a little easier because you can throw your luggage under the plane. Shorter flights are obviously more difficult because most people want to avoid the baggage fees.
Either way, if you’re going to be wandering through an airport, the lighter your bag, the better. Some terminals are a ways from security, or you may find yourself wanting to get up and get a snack (or use the washroom), and you’ll get sick of that heavy bag pretty quickly.
Now, I keep it to just my purse and my coat, with onl the bare necessities needed to get me through the next day. This also has the added benefit of meaning I’m not stressed above fitting my luggage above the cabin.
Tip #2: Pack a change of clothes.
Depending on where you are travelling, you might want to bring a change of clothes for post-flight. God forbid your luggage is lost, but hey, at least if you’ve got a new outfit, you can still feel fresh and clean.
I always bring an extra pair of socks and underwear and perhaps an undershirt, so that I can get out of my sweaty clothes from the previous day.
My pro tip here is to invest in some anti-stink socks. No one wants to be the one with smelly feet when they take off their shoes. No one. A little deodorant can also go a long way.
Lululemon has some of the best. Plus, they’re padded for those days filled of walking.
Tip #3: Bring a few toiletries.
I always bring a toothbrush and toothpaste, and sometimes a tiny bottle of face wash. Just enough to keep me feeling refreshed and to maintain somewhat of a daily routine.
Tip #4: Facemakes.
Flights can be dry and stuffy, and also tiring. To ensure I at least look energized, I travel with a single use face or eye mask to de-puff my eyes and brighten my skin.
My favourites are these ones from Sephora. So much selection!
Tip #5: Bring a tablet.
In addition to the fact that tablets are lightweight, some airlines now have wifi or have moved away from in seat TVs, to video streaming by tablet. And along with it, headphones.
And there you have it, friends! My tips to surviving any duration of travel.
Do you have any travel hacks? Share them in the comments below!
Stay tuned for more adventures!