The best summer vacation ever! Isn’t that what we all want to say at the end of a summer escape? Whether your summer travels are by plane, train or automobile we have some tips that may help make your vacation great!
The great open sky
Traveling by plane is one of the most common ways to travel. These tips can help you pack like a pro and keep you organized once you arrive at your destination.
- When booking travel be sure to research any events that may enhance or detract from your vacation. For example, the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Spain occurs in July. Great if you are heading there for the Festival. Overly crowded if you are not.
- Call your credit card company to let them know when and where you will be traveling. Not being able to use your credit card on your trip could become a disaster.
- Take a photo of your passport or even better, print out an extra copy in case you lose yours while traveling.
- Bring a portable phone charger with you no matter your method of travel.
- Use contact lens cases for small liquid items such as concealer and creams.
- Trying to figure out how to cool off your curling iron in time to get to the airport? An oven mitt can come to the rescue.
- Have your USB cord but forgot the wall charger? You can use the hotel’s television in most cases to charge your phone. Simply plug in the USB portion to the television’s USB port and charge away!
An adventure along the rails…
Traveling by train can be a great way to see some of the country without the responsibility of driving a car. It can be a relaxing and fun way to travel. For these tips we turned to the pros at Amtrak.
- Just as when you travel via airplane, traveling by train has its set of requirements. Be sure to look for checked baggage service for your specific train, review the guidelines for traveling with medication and let them know if you have certain dietary restrictions.
- Plan on traveling using the sleeping accommodations? Book early. The sleeping car rooms fill quickly but come with many perks.
- Some train routes allow you to bring a pet on board for a small fee. Some will also allow you to bring a bike. Check in advance for these options and routes.
- Depending on your accommodations, there are certain items you may find necessary such as your tablet, audio books, or even binoculars to check out the fabulous scenery. A cooler with snacks in it, a mini power strip to keep all your electronics charged and earplugs and an eye mask may come in handy.
Road trip anyone?
Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a trek exploring new adventures, these tips should help make for smooth traveling.
- Service your car before your trip. Change the oil, check the tires, make sure the lights are all functioning properly, and check the battery. It’s hot in the summer. Make sure the A/C is working properly. Check the wiper blades as well. Don’t get caught in a summer shower with wiper blades that are in need of replacement.
- Have an emergency kit Your emergency kit should contain a first aid kit, jumper cables, a jack to change the tire, water, paper towels, extra windshield washer fluid and emergency blankets.
- If you are traveling with children, have some items to keep them entertained during the trip. It’s not always easy for children to travel long distances in cars. Depending on their age, coloring books or even a tablet with games can keep them entertained for several hours. Check out these travel games and ideas to help the whole family have fun. Have mini sized snacks available for them to munch on in between stops. Frozen grapes, granola bars and mini juice boxes are easy to pack and healthy alternatives to chips and candy.
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