Traveling is Great, When You Are Prepared
In my job, I get to do a bit of traveling and I love it. Along the way I’ve picked up a few travel tips that make it easier on me:
Clean out your wallet before heading out your front door. Traveling light and simple includes your wallet. You don’t really need all of those extra cards on your trip. Plus, if your wallet is stolen there’s fewer cards to notify and cancel, leaving them available for your use while replacement cards are being sent (I learned this one the hard way last fall).
- Make sure that your luggage tag has your business card in it and not your home information. Why announce that your home might be empty? Also, toss another business card inside your luggage. Besides, if you need someone to assist in responding to lost luggage, your office can be a great help. Remember them when you are at the airport gift shop on the way home!
Remember to always leave empty space in your luggage. Who doesn’t stop to pick up something while traveling? (See above tip).
- I pack a day in advance and then on the day of the flight I take out one outfit. This prevents me from overpacking.
- Take a photo on your phone of your luggage and contents before securing them. If you need to declare what you actually had in your bag it’s all right there.
- When you have done your pre-check, look to see if you are listed as eligible for TSA Pre ✔ (if you have not already paid for this option). It’s so much quicker to breeze through TSA without removing your shoes, jacket and liquids. If you don’t do TSA’s Pre ✔, be prepared for screening as you enter the TSA checkpoint area. Remember to be polite to the TSA Personnel. You can make a difference in their day (and vice versa).
Double check your departure time the night before. Assuming you know your time can mean avoiding missed flights. Many airlines now give the option for checking in either online or through a mobile app, allowing you to check the flight status before you get to the airport (and store paperless boarding passes on your phone).
- Did you remember to charge all of your electronics before packing them? They work so much longer with a full charge.
- Take a photo of your parking spot number with your cell phone. You will have it handy when you are searching for your car after you get back.
- Keep snacks and an empty water bottle in your carry-on. You can fill the water bottle up after you are through the TSA checkpoint. You and your seatmates will enjoy those snacks IF you end up delayed for whatever reason, plus they are great conversation starters.
- Leave your current magazine with your flight attendant. They might just enjoy it on their next flight. Remember to tell them “thank you” as you exit the plane.
- Dress in layers for your trip. Planes will either be too warm or too cool by some people’s standards, and this allows you to adjust to their temperature.
- When stressed, take a deep breath. Then take another one. This is so much easier than apologizing for things said in frustration.
Knowing these tips from my travel checklist can make traveling a much more pleasant experience from the start of the trip (actual packing and prepping) to the end (finding where you parked your car). As your Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) representative, I can also assist you with tips for making your event flow from start to finish. From the planning stages months in advance, to following up with delegates after the event with post-even questionnaires, the entire process runs smoother when you work with us. Just like with traveling, knowing who to contact and when can make your life so much easier. So call us! CVBs are your human Google – we have all the resources you need, and are here to help.