The Traveler — packing tips



Why You Need an Emergency Toiletry Kit

Can the word "toiletries" ever be seriously paired with "emergency" in a real sense? Most definitely, especially as we hit the height of winter sickness. Keeping a toiletry kit stocked with emergency travel items is a lifesaver for life's unexpected incidents. Take this past weekend for example. Traveling with my five-year old niece, she complained of a sudden sense of lethargy and upset stomach. Five minutes later, the stomach bug reared its ugly head with all of the nasty implications. Dealing with a sick child is stressful enough at home, when you are surrounded by medicinal creature comforts. But on the road, a lack of needed toiletries can wreck havoc on an already messy situation. Our answer? Keeping a fully stocked...

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How to Plan the Perfect Summer Road Trip

  Ahhh Summer.... the perfect opportunity to schedule a road trip with favorite friends and family. What better than to enjoy the open road without a care in the world? Make the most of your adventure by following some of our go-to travel tips.  Plan not to plan What should you plan for? Having money on hand and essential, potentially life-saving, goods. Meaning a First-Aid Kit, water, snacks, flashlights - you know the drill. And, a person at home to keep abreast of your travels in case something goes awry. But do not plan your next steps too far in advance. Let the road guide you. For what’s the fun of feeling rushed to your next destination when the whole...

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The Benefits of Traveling Light

Pack Simply was born out of a need to stay organized and efficient when it comes to travel. With toiletries covered, however, I still struggle with the overall packing portion. To ward off any needless stress and help streamline a cumbersome process, I have made a vow to always pack as light as possible for any given trip. Paring down your items to only the necessities does a world of good and helps set a healthy pattern for future travel. I recently flew Delta’s Basic Economy class, which did allow for a carry-on suitcase. However, I decided to forgo the suitcase in favor of my (small-ish) backpack to store everything I would need for a five day stay. While it may...

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How to Get Through Airport Security Smoothly

Getting through airport security can feel more like an unwanted assault on your personal freedoms rather than a gateway to a fun vacation ahead. The many TSA rules and regulations may be difficult to absorb (especially for infrequent fliers), but we are here to help.  For frequent fliers, the list below will seem obvious. Remember, however, for as much as you fly, there are ten people in front of you who do not. Informing all passengers on what to expect and how best to prepare not only helps them, but helps you. Airport Security Tip #1: Wear Slip-On Shoes You need to be an octopus to juggle your many belongings through security. Don't get tied up (literally) with time-consuming laces and bulky shoes....

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How to Survive Your Flight: 7 Must-Haves

Air travel, for the most part, is unpleasant. The recent rash of airline abuse and passenger mistreatment may dominate the news today, but highlights an already well-know fact: flying is not fun. While I cannot help with seat upgrades, more legroom, or guaranteeing a friendly airline staff, I can share a few essential items I always take with me on any flight. Coming prepared is the best defense and goes a long way to ensure a more peaceful flight. 1.   Airplane Must-Haves: Earplugs I’ll admit it - I am an earplug devotee. It is always the first thing I pack as any travel would be miserable without them. I tend to get jarred by the overwhelming “hum” of a plane’s engines, which can...

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