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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!