November’s 5 travel tips
1. How 20 Euros Can Save You A Whole Lotta Packing
Maybe not so amazing but …pack light…Take only half the clothes you need and use a drop off laundry service in your destination city. We did this on a weeklong visit to Heidelberg and had plenty of space to pack souvenirs.
Cost was 20 Euro for two loads and we went walking the altstadt. Don’t forget a small tip for the person doing your laundry!
2. Practice The Art Of Disposable Packing
Practice what I call disposable packing. Take old socks, T-shirts, knickers or whatever that you can wear just one more time and then toss them on your last day.
Same thing for small toiletries. Shave creme, razor, toothbrush and so on. Again, more space to take home the swag. And if you find you really need something there’s nothing like coming home and wearing the sweater, scarf, shirt or jacket brought home from your trip.
3. How To Make The Most Of The Available Plugs In Your Hotel Room
I always pack an inexpensive power strip. You only need one adaptor, and many of your rechargables plug into the one strip!
4. A Compact And Convenient Way To Hold Your Important Info
I found a small clear plastic photo carrier at an office supply store that has three plastic envelopes in it.
In the first, I put several family photos that I want to take with me. The second envelope contains contact information: phone numbers, addresses, mailing labels, websites, bank and charge card phone numbers, etc. I can just pull out that envelope when I’m at an internet cafe or need to make a phone call. In the third, I have photocopies of our passports, drivers’ licenses, living wills, powers of attorney, medical insurance cards, and medical and eyeglass prescriptions–those things you hope you never need but should have along just in case.
The entire case is slightly larger than 4×6″ and about 1/2″ thick, so it takes virtually no room but is packed with a huge amount of information.
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
5. How To Give Your Luggage The Best Chance Of Finding You If Lost
When traveling, put a nametag holder inside your bag(s), put your name, hotel/address, city, and Mobal Phone number on a separate card for each destination and number them from 1 (first destination) through your last destination on the trip, then add a card with your home address and label it “Home” and place the “deck” in order in the holder.
When you get to each destination, remove that card so that it has the next
With this, if your luggage gets lost or misplaced along the way, the airline/railway/bus line can contact your next location to get you your luggage.