The biggest tip for traveling is to only bring a carry on..
1. Less to carry
2. Don’t have to worry about airports loosing your luggage!
3. You don’t have to wait at baggage claim 😀
1. Picking Your Luggage -. Make sure it meets the measurements that your flight requires. We went with this one! Tip: Try not to get anything too nice or that attracts attention. Don’t need anyone stealing your stuff or the expensive luggage piece for that matter (Louis Vuitton, Hartman, Etc)
2. Travel Size – Check the airports requirements/ 3-1-1 rules for liquids. Make sure all your toiletries are travel size/ under 3.04 fl oz and pack them in a clear bag.
3. Mix and Match – This really helps prevent you from bringing more than you need. Pick out key pieces (in trend and weather appropriate) that you can switch up and wear at least another day or 2. *Roll not fold!
4- Shoes – I decided that I would only pick 3 pairs of shoes (which still is a lot to me!). One pair of sandals (my tan birkenstocks), one pair of heels for the evenings (like these), and a pair of closed toe flats that are comfy and appropriate for the sacred places you visit.
5- List – I always find that it’s helpful making list…for everything! Same thing applies to packing. Make a list for outfits, what you still need to buy for the trip, toiletries, etc.
In case you’re insane like me 😉 ..I like to think I’m precautions, not over protecting.
-You may think you can buy things over there, but they’re going to cost you much more! Umbrella, bandaids, even mascara! (Which I forgot when we went to Paris and the cheapest one I could find was 20 EUROS!!)
-Check your banks to see how much they charge, per transaction, in foreign countries. It might actually be easier (and safer) using your debit card!
-Make sure you, and the person your traveling with, are both carrying cards in case yours gets stolen.
-If you have an account with a bigger bank, such as bank of america, make sure there is money in that account to withdrawal in the country your visiting so that you have that currency or order those foreign bills from your bank 4 weeks in advance.
-Be purse to bring a purse that has a shoulder strap so you can put it across your body and not just have it resting on your shoulder. And keep your purse in front of you where you can see it. If your carrying a wallet, never keep it in your back pocket.
-Don’t plan too much!! If you’re not going to a tropical place where the only thing you can do is relax, it doesn’t mean you have to cram a hectic schedule to see everything. My advice is to not book anything on the first day you arrive and book things when you get there.