You’ve seen plenty of to-do lists for travel. Here’s our Dos AND Don’ts so you experience the trip of your dreams (and not your nightmares):
- DO research your destination when preparing to travel You’re reading this, so you’re dreaming about destinations. We can help you journey to great places – just ask. It’s a true blue drag to show up somewhere and miss a bucket list experience because it is closed while you’re in town.
- DON’T overpack Think about what you want to do at your destinations, learn about the probable weather, and make a clothing and supplies list. Then, pull everything out and reality-check. Remember that less is more with clothes. Take layers and separates that coordinate. If you’re headed to a fashion-forward destination (Milan, anyone?), consider buying a couple of pieces there – a great souvenir! DON’T be afraid to re-wear items. You can always get clothing laundered if necessary.
- DO carry shoes you’ve worn and broken in, but DON’T carry too many pairs Blisters are no fun at all. Carry a small supply of moleskin for blisters. When you travel on one of our small group adventures, our team will always have a complete supply of necessary medical and comfort supplies.
- DO leave some room in your bag for the inevitable souvenirs and remembrances Whether you decide to buy a sweater or a book, you will need room for new items. And less packed is less weight to carry. A great way to make room in your luggage is to pack old underwear and socks and throw away a pair a day – making room for souvenirs and wardrobe decluttering at the same time!
- DO consider purchasing toiletries at your destination Especially if you’re traveling carry-on only, it’s difficult to fit liquids into the required 100 ml/3.4 fl oz containers and quart bag. Even if you’re checking a bag, you should consider purchasing some or most of your toiletries on your trip.
- DON’T forget to carry a couple of downtime items (like books and puzzles) Building in a rest day or two is invaluable. Relaxation (and sleep!) will allow new experiences to become cemented into memories – and allow your body to rejuvenate.
- DO scan in all the cards and IDs you’ll have on your trip Leave a copy of those cards, IDs, and your itinerary with someone at home. Take a paper copy or store photos of the items on your phone and copies of any prescriptions you need (including eyeglasses and contacts) in case you misplace or break items.
- DO put identification information inside and outside every piece of luggage (including carry-ons) Include your name, email address, phone, and possibly the name of your first hotel.
- DON’T drink to excess the night before you pack/leave No “bon voyage” glass of wine/beer/cocktail with friends. It causes bad decision-making and dehydrates you. And it’s no fun starting your trip exhausted. Also, dehydration and fatigue lead to poorly packed bags and forgotten items (like passports), which makes for an extremely short trip).
- DO purchase trip insurance for all non-refundable components of your trip Recompense goes a long way to comfort you in the event of an emergency, illness, or delay.
- DON’T panic when unexpected things happen Assess, accept, adjust, adapt. Almost anywhere you travel, you can find toiletries, clothing, medications, and more—and have the additional adventure of acquiring them on your trip. You’ll feel empowered and competent, too!!
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