10 Smart Travel Habits You Need to Develop
The jet-setter lifestyle is all-around fabulous. But when you’re traveling, things like an airline losing your luggage or someone stealing your wallet are highly possible. We’ve rounded up a collection of travel habits that all savvy jet-setters should develop in order to prevent any setbacks from spoiling a great trip. Read on to ensure you’re always prepared, no matter what.
Always have a photocopy of your passport in your wallet or a digital copy on your cell phone or computer. You never know if your wallet will be stolen, so make sure to email yourself a scan of your passport so that you can access your identification from anywhere. Having a copy of your passport on your person, or at your fingertips, at all times is the ultimate jet-setter must.
Travel is an exercise in patience. This is the ultimate time to go with the flow. If you’re one to sweat the small stuff, practice some calm breathing exercises and meditation before you go, or bring along some soothing lavender oil (under three ounces, of course) to calm you down during your trip. It’s a good idea to always check your flight schedule before you arrive at the airport so as to avoid unnecessary waiting.
Hide cash in different places, like in your socks, toiletry case, or garment bag. You don’t want to be totally stranded if your wallet is stolen or your credit cards are compromised.
Always travel with a pair of big comfy socks. No matter how hot your destination city may be, planes and trains are often overly freezing. Shield your body from the AC (and lots of germs) with an extra-comfy pair. We love something in the cashmere variety.
Never let your most vital and irreplaceable possessions leave your sight. You don’t want to lose crucial medication, must-have concealer, or your favorite watch while traveling.
Avoid drafts and harsh AC and be prepared for any conservative dress codes by carrying a pashmina in your purse. You can always use it as an accessory, throw it over your shoulders for coverage, or use it as a blanket.
When you’re traveling, there is a myriad of illnesses that pop up unexpectedly (e.g., seasickness, food poisoning, jet lag, constipation, etc…). In order to ease discomfort, make sure you bring along staples like Benadryl, Imodium, ginger root pills, and Advil.
If you don’t use hand cream, a good face moisturizer, and lip balm while in the air, you’ll arrive at your destination with irritably dry skin and, often, cracked lips. Do yourself a favor and pack some three-ounce bottles of skin-soothing ointment for the journey.
Keep your clothes in the plastic wrap from the dry cleaners and lay them flat in your suitcase for maximum room. This will prevent you from having to iron or steam everything once you arrive at your hotel room.
Keep a thin notebook of packing lists in your luggage. Have one for a business overnighter, one for a weekend trip, one for a ski trip, one for a beach holiday, etc. After you return from each type of trip, update your list. Either cross off items you didn’t need or add ones you wish you'd had. Pretty soon you’ll have perfected the art of packing for everything imaginable.