Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits – 26 October 2008

For the next few posts on my blog, I’ll be sharing with you several handy travel tips that I’ve learned over the years in the travel industry. Hopefully, they will make you better prepared, allow you to save some time / money, and make your vacation more enjoyable.

Tip #1
Take pictures of your kids each morning.  When traveling with children, use your cell phone or digital camera and take a picture of your kids each morning. Then if they get separated from you, you will have an exact description of what they look like and what they were wearing that day.

Tip #2
Pack old clothing that can be left behind.  With airlines charging fees for checked luggage, I always suggest to clients who are flying to multiple destinations on a single trip, to pack lots of old clothing that they don’t mind wearing and leaving behind along the way. This allows for extra room in your luggage for souvenirs and other purchases made on the trip. Old items, such as gloves, sweaters, tee shirts, socks, and even shoes can be left in the hotel rooms. The room attendants have the option of discarding them or recycling them.

Tip #3
Scan the first couple pages of your passport and e-mail it to yourself. This way, you have access to it from anywhere there’s internet access.  In the event of an emergency, you can print / forward the passport images to the proper authorities for fast and efficient processing of a replacement.

Tip #4
Photocopy the first couple pages of your passport.  Take it with you on your trip but separate from the real passport. Also, leave a copy with a family member and/or close friend back home. In the event of an emergency and it needs to be replaced while on vacation, having photocopies will help expedite the process of getting it replaced.

Tip #5
Pack your clothes in Ziploc plastic bags. As you zip them shut, squeeze all the air out so they go completely flat. It’s amazing how much you can pack, using so little space. If you are packing toiletries and cosmetics in your check-in luggage, Ziploc plastic bags are very handy.  Plus it minimizes any chance of spillage or breakage during the flight.  It works great!

If you have any suggestions that you would like to share with others, share it with others in the comments.

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