14 Apr Life Saver Travel Tips for a Hassle-free Vacation This Summer
Let’s face it, when summer comes, everyone seems to want to travel somewhere or take a vacation or just spend a weekend somewhere. This, of course, entails traveling, and traveling means packing a bag, suitcase, backpack, or whatever you use and making sure you have all the right clothes and other stuff necessary to make the travel and stay in other places as comfortable as possible. With that, here’s hoping that these useful tips can make things easier and more practical for you, anywhere you’re planning to go.
Act like a tourist in your province
You don’t need to go to distant destinations just to have a vacation or explore new places. Sometimes, your own province has some really cool destinations that you never heard of or just completely ignored in the past. You might find some really awesome beach resorts, tourist attractions, or hiking destinations. If you’re not satisfied, research what your neighbor provinces have to offer. Too often, the really popular tourist and vacation spots regularly advertised can get overcrowded or are just too over-hyped.
Always inquire about accommodation discounts
Sometimes, hotels and other accommodations have discounts or package promotions that aren’t advertised, and you need to find out by inquiring at the front desk. Some places offer discounts on a per day basis or they offer, for example, 5 nights but you only pay for 4, or other such similar promotions. Also, get the places that offer a buffet breakfast already included in the accommodations. This saves you time and effort in searching for a place to eat breakfast. Also, a breakfast buffet is better than a plated breakfast because you have choices when it comes to the buffet. Advanced bookings also give you better discounts with some hotels.
Make a list, and check it twice
Write down everything you’ll need for the trip, and make sure you list what is needed and necessary only, as well as items you may tend to forget at the last minute. Items prone to being left behind are chargers (of every assortment), toothbrush, and toiletries. Follow the list to the letter and check it twice to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. Be realistic about what is needed and necessary and what you’ll actually wear. Don’t forget to account what you’ll be wearing to the airport, to the pier, or during the land travel. Don’t throw away the list so you can plan your next trip better.
Plan ahead with towels and toiletries
Do your research and find out if the hotel or resort accommodations you’re going to include free towels, soap, shampoo, and toothpaste. If so, you save space by not packing in towels and you won’t need to bring a whole bottle of shampoo or a whole tube of toothpaste. If the place allows you to do laundry, then you won’t have to pack outfits for each day. You can also wash underwear and socks, so you only bring less of these. Again with toiletries, toothpastes and shampoos now come in sachets so just buy at your destination. If you think toiletries are expensive at where you’re going, buy the sachet stuff beforehand. Bottled or tinned perfume, colognes, and deodorant is okay, but plastic bottled stuff tends to explode either because of changing air pressure in the air or because of extreme heat.
Roll, roll, roll your clothes…
Tightly rolling all your clothes when you pack them will not only save space but also prevent wrinkles. They work well especially with stretchy knit fabrics, t-shirts, cotton dresses, and jeans. Line the bottom of your suitcase, bag, or backpack with the rolled clothes and place clothes that can’t be rolled on top of this, like maxi dresses, skirts, or slacks. Fill the nooks and crannies with smaller rolled items like underwear and socks.
Additional items you might want to bring as necessary, depending on where you’re going:
- Plastic bags – These can be used to store opened toiletry sachets, wet or dirty swimwear, used socks and underwear, and wet towels.
- Sunglasses – It is summer so you might want to protect your eyes. If you’re using the designer stuff, do leave it on your table or in the room before taking a dip in the water.
- Flip-flop slippers – Most hotels and resorts don’t provide slippers, and certainly if you’re heading to a beach destination you don’t need your running shoes. Even if it’s not to the beach, flip-flops are handy in any hotel when walking around the room or if you need to go around, like taking your free buffet breakfast, without having to put on your shoes.
- Earphones or earbuds – Comes in handy for periods of boredom like airport delays, long flights, or long boat cruises. You can also enjoy listening to your brand of music or the news without bothering other people.
- Medicinal basics – Don’t ever depend that you can buy from the local drugstore, and find that it’s already closed since its past midnight. Bring medicine for basic troubles like diarrhea, headaches, acidity, indigestion, and slight fever.
- Bring a hat – Depending on what type of headgear you like, this can prove useful to protect your face from the summer sun or preventing hair tangles on windy days.
- Hand sanitizer – Do you know how dirty public toilets get especially at bus terminals, piers, and airports? This one is easy to understand.
Old sunglass case = loose cables and chargers
If you have an old sunglass case, this makes for a great travel buddy to keep all your loose cables and chargers in just one place.
Enable private browsing on your gadgets
When using public Wi-Fi on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, first enable the private browsing settings. When checking travel sites, hotels, etc., they can’t track where you are in order to increase your price based on search history. You can also clear your cache. This also prevents hackers from entering your gadgets through the vulnerable public Wi-Fi.
Charge from the hotel TV
If for some reason the hotel’s electrical wall sockets are placed in awkward locations, check out the TV; most likely it contains a USB port where you can charge your phone.