TRAVEL TIPS

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Over the last few months, my travel has increased significantly for many reasons. One being that I got the travel bug that all of us 20-something’s typically get at some point. I was with a group of friends last year and one of the guys said “I traveled 38 weeks out of the year last year” and my mouth dropped. I made it a New Year’s resolution to just the same, and feel like I’ve been able to do just that. I surprised myself when I wrote down everywhere I’ve been, and some of them I’ve been to at least 2 to 3 times this year. I’m really lucky and fortunate to have been able to do this, and trust me when I say I scoured for flight deals (oh hey, buying flights on Tuesday mornings), stayed with friends, and did things in nature to keep my travel costs down.

San Francisco

New Orleans

Mexico

Arizona

Big Sky

Nashville

Knoxville

Key West

Miami

Portland

Denver

Atlanta

Seaside

Boston

Cape Cod

Nantucket

Since I’ve traveled so much, I have gotten fairly good at packing and everything that goes along with being a “jet-setter” (LOL, my boss called me this and I think it’s hilarious). Here are my top 5 tips to seamless traveling:

  1. Get CLEAR or TSA Pre-Check. There have been so many moments where I am cutting it so close to my boarding time and I look over and the security line is a mile long. I have had Pre-Check for two years now and love it for a few reasons. I don’t have to take my shoes off *YES* and the lines are most of the time shorter. It’s $85 for 5 years and can be done at your local airport through a background screening. I also recently got CLEAR, which is only available in about 12 airports, but through a retina scan you skip to the front of the Pre-Check line. It’s a little more expensive but I’m betting more airports are going to start doing it and it’s totally worth it for a 5 minute security experience. Click here for TSA Application.
  2. Pack some snacks. I can’t remember the amount of times where I was flying somewhere, left straight from work and get to the airport minutes before boarding all while realizing *Nicolette, you have not eaten anything since lunch*. By this point, it’s too late to grab something healthy from a place and I arrive hours later starving at my destination. My favorite snacks to pack are raw almonds, Rx Bars, or Lara Bar bites.
  3. Have a good travel tote. I go back and forth between which one I carry, but I like to have something big enough to house what I need it to. I keep my jewelry, makeup, a book, a crossbody (I try not to put these in my suitcase to preserve their shape), wallet, phone, keys, headphones, and snacks. I have both this tote and this purse that I have found are big enough but not too big to where you can’t fit it under a seat.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes. I go back and forth with how dressed up I want to be at the airport but typically always resort back to a white sneaker or slides. This one time, I wore a low block heel sandal and by the end of my travel day I had blisters all over my feet…never again.
  5. Over pack smart. I don’t know about you, but I always tend to over pack. I’ve gotten good at fitting things in a carry on but sometimes it is difficult if you are going to a place that is a different climate than where you live or you’ll be doing a multitude of activities. My grandmother taught me to roll things up like a sleeping bag that could be folded (aka not silk tops) and it has really saved me space on some trips. I also try to fit a portable steamer if I need to use it on a dress for an event (this one is great and is so SMALL)!

What are some of your favorite travel tips? TGIT babes!

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