Leave Room for Spontaneity
Don’t plan your entire itinerary ahead of time. It’s tempting, I know, but those unplanned moments while traveling can be the best memories.
Let Someone at Home Know Your Plans
This is extremely important when traveling solo, but it’s still a good idea no matter how many people are in your travel group.
Separate Your Sources of Money
Don’t keep all of your cash and cards in one spot. Hide some cash and a back up credit/bank card in a separate bag — not the same bag as wallet.
Travel First Aid Kit
We pack up a small first aid kit with aspirin, Benedryl, cold meds, Tums, cough drops, bandages, Activated Charcoal pills (these are a life saver for traveler’s diarrhea and minor allergic reactions), Neosporin, and other things that we may not always have easy access to when traveling. J&J sells an inexpensive mini first aid kit
Bring ear plugs and a sleep mask
Travel isn’t conducive for sleep, whether it’s snorers in dorm rooms, early risers rustling plastic bags, or drunken backpackers stumbling around in the middle of the night. Even if you don’t stay in hostels, you’ll still have to deal with street noise from outside, loud bars nearby, and uncomfortable overnight journeys. Pack some ear plugs and a sleep mask in your bag to help improve your sleep.
Get out from behind the camera
Yes, we take a lot of photos… and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! Everyone wants to capture memories. But just remember that traveling is not about “getting the shot.” Once you click, step back, and put the camera down and relish in the view. Sometimes memory serves best.
Stay conscious of your health
We all love going into “vacation-mode” – because what’s a holiday if you’re not going to get fully immersed in the cuisine and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a cocktail (or two). However, we do suggest keeping your health in mind, especially if you’re traveling for a long period. Stay hydrated, get enough sleep, moisturize your skin, protect yourself from the sun, meditate (our favorite is the headspace app), take your vitamins – the list goes on, but your mind and body will thank you.
Carry a scarf
Everywhere you go. Though a sarong would work as well, we also suggest a lightweight cotton scarf. Other uses? It can act as an eye mask, head wrap, fashion accessory. You can also use it as a makeshift handkerchief and towel (try wetting it with cold water on hot days and tying it around your neck for instant relief!). The uses are endless on the road.