Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by a 50lb bag weight restriction at the airport. *raises hand*
Traveling can be a bit stressful – especially the preparation part – and even more so as a girl with a sense of style and too many things. How could you possibly neglect your favorite shirt by leaving it behind?! Or that dress with the tags still on it that’s been waiting for the perfect opportunity to be worn? And don’t even try to say only one pair of shoes is necessary for a week’s vacation.
With a family states away, a previous job that brought me to 12 different cities and forced me to live out of a suitcase, and the spirit of a wanderlust gypsy, I’ve gained quite a bit of airplane-incorporated experience. And along with it, some pretty sound traveling advice. So seeing as I have just begun a 20 day, 2 country trip, it seemed fitting to share some traveling tips with you:
- Helpful Applications – My new favorite flight booking app has a lot of people buzzing, and airlines pissed off. Enough so that United Airlines actually sued them – and lost. Meaning the app is not only genius, but legal.
Skiplagged finds inexpensive flights that don’t necessarily end in your desired city, but have a layover where you’re wanting to go. For example, if I wanted to fly to Los Angeles, I would take a flight going to Seattle that stops in LA and San Francisco. Then instead of getting on the next connecting flights, you just walk right out of the airport and bam, you’re in LA.
(I just looked for flights DFW-LAX and found them for $93 round-trip. SCORE.)
The only catch is you can’t check a bag, but continue reading and I’ll tell you exactly why you should never be checking a bag anyways.
Another good thing to utilize is frequent flyer miles. Try to stick to one airline so the points will accumulate, but always make sure you’re using a miles membership anytime you fly, or those points just vanish into thin air for no one to use in the future.
- Pack Based Off Itinerary – Knowing what you will be doing on your trip is critical information when packing. Will it be warm or cold? Are there special events planned? Or will you be working out or doing active things? Knowing the answers to these questions will tell you how much of what to pack, with a little wiggle room of course. If it’s a business trip, then be sure to bring enough business casual pieces that are interchangeable, giving you more options and room for your creative style to come through without bringing your whole closet.
Undergarments are an item that are always over-packed. If you’re gone for 10 days, you honestly don’t need 10 bras and underwear. Hotels and rentals have these wonderful things called soap and sinks that you can use to wash your intimates so you don’t have a bag full of underwear. Sure, they may be small, but space is a hot commodity when you’re packing all your things in one bag. The main idea is don’t over-pack. If you can pinpoint at least the type of outfit you need for each day and minimize your belongings you can avoid checking luggage and save everyone some time and money.
- Carry-On When Possible – Trust me, you and your Uber will be much happier if you can manage to keep your things in one or two carry-on bags rather than waiting for your bag to come through baggage claim. And it’s more than possible depending on the destination! If your trip is a week or less, and you’re not needing mountains of winter gear, there’s no excuse to avoiding checked luggage.
All airlines allow one larger carry-on bag and a personal item. Ladies, this includes your purse. The best trick to utilizing these allowed items is to pack as normal in a carry-on approved roller bag, (and pack that bitch tight), then instead of just bringing your purse by itself, grab a backpack that will fit your purse, along with other items such as your laptop, make-up, jewelry etc., and use that as your personal item to be stowed under the seat in front of you. It allows for easy access to the things you’ll need in-flight and avoids wasting that second bag opportunity.
For international or long-term travel (like I am doing currently) put your shoes in a roller carry-on bag so your checked bag isn’t as weighed down. As for inside the checked bag, I put my nicer clothing in the zipped side and my athletic wear in the other side, then as my trip progresses, use the non-zip compartment as dirty laundry and keep my good clothes fresh in the zipped side.
- Avoiding Jet-Lag – This topic seriously deserves its own solo post (OK, maybe they all do), but I’ll give as brief of a break down as possible. The biggest thing to remember when traveling to a time zone V much off your home base is to get your body acclimated to your destination’s zone ASAP. It’s best to start a day or two before your flight if possible. For example, if you were traveling to a time zone 8 hours behind, stay up as late as possible and sleep in later than usual. Vice versa for heading in the other direction.
When you’re on the plane, remember this rule as well. Don’t give in to temptation and try to sleep the whole flight, you’ll just end up overly exhausted and even more jacked up when you land. Airlines typically have the destinations current time available, so keep an eye on it and act accordingly as if you were there and not on the plane. Know what time you’ll be landing – if you’re getting in at night, you’ll want to be nice and sleepy, and if you land in the afternoon or morning, you’ll want to be well-rested to make it through the day. If you mess up and are super jet lagged your first day, resist the urge to sleep until it’s actually sleep time. It’s hard, I know, but one day of suffering through tiredness is better than a whole trip ruined because of jetlag. I find that exercising as soon as you get to your hotel helps too.
I know it’s a lot of information, but traveling happy is important! No one wants to spend a bunch of money on a trip just to get there tired, unprepared and missing home. If you have questions or want to know more about any of the above topics, comment below or shoot me an email.
Outfit deets: – Zella hoodie (the BEST for travel. The hood has a hole for your headphone cord to go into so you’re not all tangled up!) – Zella leggings (in black)
– Nike shoes – Nora NYC sunglasses –