10+ Useful Travel Tips for First-Time Travelers

by - 10/26/2021 12:00:00 AM

One of my favorite hobbies is traveling, I love visiting other states and countries, and emerssing myself in the culture. Through my travels I've learned so much through trail and error.  Below, I'm sharing my must-know travel tips. 
1. Bring snacks. Always, even if you feel that you may not need them. I typically will pack honey granola bars. Especially when traveling with children. It just makes life so much easier. During my trip to the Bahamas, I packed all types of snacks. It was our first time traveling alone so to speak and I wanted to ensure that we had plenty of snacks on hand. This was also great when we woke up in the morning. We didn't have to rush to breakfast.

2. I always, always encourage people to carry travel-size hand sanitizers with them. Yes, soap and water is the best. However, can you imagine how many germs are around? Yup, keep the travel size container in your bag and leave it there until you need it. Hand wipes are also another great resource to have on hand.

3. Make sure your electronics are fully charged. I always keep my chargers in my purse. Whether I'm on the plane or a car. My charger is in arms reach. It's a great idea to invest in a portable charger just in case. Actually, a portable charger is a must-have when traveling. A great one can last for days. 

4. When traveling I always make a couple of color copies of my passport. I leave a copy at home with my emergency contact and I keep a copy with me at all times. Also, scan a copy to yourself by email and text so you always have a copy with you on hand. (plenty of apps allow you to scan items for free with your smartphone) Also make copies of your ID as well. I prefer to have both scanned copies and photo copies. 

5. Keep an empty water bottle with you. Once you pass through security for your flight. You can fill your bottle (s) with water. This is especially a great idea when you have children with you. I typically do not drink too much juice these days. However, it's nice to have the flavor packs on hand for the kiddos.

6. I typically organize everything in clear zip-lock bags. I like to keep my hygiene products in one, accessories, makeup, undergarments, etc in the others. I also like to put my outfit looks together in the Ziploc bags as well. This is such a great idea too for the kiddos. Having all of the outfits organized by the days of the week. I love that you can add the dates or color code it so the kids know which outfit they are wearing each day. It just makes life so much easier. 

7. It's a great idea to recycle store bags and I typically will keep a few Target bags in my suitcases for soiled items and swimwear. You can purchase an inexpensive laundry bags and this is a great way to keep soiled clothes seperate. 
8. Keep a blanket scarf with you. Sometimes a plane ride can be pretty chilly. Typically, when I travel it's freezing outside in my state so instead of having to take off a bunch of layers. I travel with a blanket scarf that can fit in your purse or even it around it. You can have it on hand when needed. Plus the blanket scarf doubles as a blanket for those cold flights or evening walks on the beach while on vacation. 

9. Be kind. Always. Remember you're not the only person looking forward to their travel destination. Everyone has a job, and they are just doing their job... Kindness goes a long way. Also, travel with reading material. I usually have a few books with me. 

10. Try to avoid using the airport wifi for any serious business. We all know that wifi is a hacker's paradise. If you're just surfing the web to pass time until it's time to get onto your flight. That's one thing, however, do not put any personal information out there.

Extra Tips
  1. Create a list of “To-Do” prior to leaving
  2. Keep a mini first aid kit with your essentials
  3. Pre-plan your travel attire
  4. Save your hotel room number to your phone (and tower if applicable)
  5. Always share your travel plans with friends and family (where you're going, hotel, flight info, etc.)
What's your favorite Travel Tip?

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  1. That is a great idea about the room number. That way I don't have to carry around a piece of paper with the number on it.

  2. You have some great tips here! I always make sure my family knows where I am going just in case.

  3. I actually had no idea airport wifi was a hacker's paradise!

  4. I travel a lot and these are good tips.

  5. I'm still amazed yet disgust by how the hackers are able to go through our files just through are wifi connection.

  6. We use most of the tips you mention in this post. I think it's a great read for people who start travelling or haven't travelled much. Having a portable charger or two is always a must for us.

  7. I agree that its important to be careful what you are looking at online at an airport. Safety first when travelling!

  8. These tips are helpful. I always make sure that my gadgets are fully charged. I also bring extra batteries

  9. I really enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing these helpful tips.

  10. I love to plan ahead. And it's important to give all the details to our families so they can find us, especially when we travel alone.

  11. That's smart to have the outfits prepared and bagged ahead of time. I used to do this for the kids for school, but never for travel. It does make sense.

  12. I forgot to bring snack on one of my college trips with my friends and I regretted it lots. These are great tips. Thanks for sharing!


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