On the road again! As I officially begin my 2018 travel season by heading out West to the Farmer’s Insurance Open & Waste Management Phoenix Open today, I thought I’d share a few travel tips I’ve picked up along the way. My first being: caffeine. (JK, but seriously.)
1. Don’t spring for expensive luggage, it’s just going to get banged up by the airlines anyway. Plus, if they ever tear it up too badly, they replace it for free.
2. Adversely, get a good backpack. You are not too cool for school and you might look like a college student, but who cares?! You can pack more than you think in a backpack and it fits under your seat on the plane. A backpack will allow you to maximize your luggage space. Take a purse that you can fit in your backpack (airlines only allow one personal bag and one carry on) and if you take a carry on you are essentially getting three bags on the plane for the price of two.
3. Get a tablet. This was a hard one for me, I’m old school and like books — but I finally crossed over to the dark side and switched to an iPad. No more lugging around books, now I have any book, magazine, video or movie at my fingertips. This will give you more room in your luggage too (which is important to me if you can’t tell 😂😂).
4. Take advantage of travel rewards. Stick with your favorite airlines, hotels & car rental companies and you will rack up points and rewards in no time. Not only will they upgrade you for your loyalty but you’ll earn more trips too! My personal favorite is my credit card. My Capital One Venture Card allows me to rack up points for ANY airline or hotel with EVERY purchase.
5. Keep a box of travel toiletries. I have a travel cosmetic bag in my linen closet along with a Tupperware of travel toiletries — that way whenever I have to jet off for a project I can just grab my bag, fill up the travel-sized necessities if needed and just toss it in my suitcase. (My backpack is always ready to go too. I keep my media credential, headphones, etc., in my backpack. I NEVER take those things I need to travel with out of it. That way I can just throw my computer and tablet in my backpack and go.)
6. Pack clothes in the same color palate. Aka stick with outfits that either go with black, brown or navy accessories exclusively. That way all the outfits that you pack will go with the same array of shoes, belts, jackets & jewelry you are taking and you won’t have to pack as much.
7. Always have food and drink with you to save cash. Did you know that you can take food through security? Yep, I always have snacks like granola bars, crackers, nuts, etc. with me. Sometimes I even pack a muffin or a peanut butter sandwich. I know, you can’t take drink through security but you can take a water bottle and most airports have water bottle filling stations now.
8. Don’t schedule too short of a layover, if possible. Delays are a normal occurrence when traveling and you could miss your connection if you have a decently long delay. Airlines do build in a buffer for delays in your flight times, but your own buffer of an hour layover never hurts either.
9. Get a global entry pass. Admittedly, this is on my to-do list but will be a fantastic luxury. Global entry doubles as TSA Pre-check and will allow you to expedite customs when reentering the United States while traveling abroad. This is a process that requires a $100 fee and a federal background check & interview at select airports — but it’s so worth it!
What are your go-to travel tips? Share them with me in the comments below or chat with me on Instagram!