When we travel, chances are we’ll leave home without something important. I find that even with all my travel experience and numerous checklists, I sadly make the same mistakes over and over again. Here are several travel mistakes I find myself making on a regular basis. So remember, I’m not perfect, I just play perfect on TV.
Forget to Check the Weather
I have this uncanny ability of thinking that whatever weather I am in will be roughly the same weather I am going to. I have a general sense of whether it’s a warm or cold destination and pack accordingly but I rarely check the weather to see if there’s a fluke heat wave or a chance of rain for the entire week…which leads me to me to #2 on the list.
Remember That it Rains
Yes, it does in fact rain where I am going. So do I remember to pack a small umbrella? Never. Really who remembers?
Bring My Toothbrush
This is a given. I ALWAYS forget my toothbrush. Why I don’t buy five toothbrushes and just put them in every piece of luggage I own, I have no idea.
Leave Without My Printed Itinerary
I usually remember to print it but that extra step of taking it from the printer bin just eludes me every time. I always have it somewhere on my phone or computer, but I also like to have a paper copy to jot down notes and revisions.
Forget at Least One of My Chargers
Luckily this happens on the other side of travel as well, when people are packing up in a hotel room to go home. Even your most basic hotel has a shoe box of every kind of charger that’s been left in the outlet under the desk.
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Pack Hair Styling Products
It’s hard finding travel sized products abroad. And it breaks my heart to know that after I spent 20 minutes doing my hair, without a nice finishing spray it will look like crap in five. Stock up on samples or travel sizes of your favorite brands so you always have extra to throw in your bag.
Think That a Hot Weather Place is Hot
Warm places like Florida can be miserably hot, but anything with four walls and a roof is air conditioned so aggressively that I’m often left wondering as I shiver through a meal at a restaurant: “Isn’t this the weather you wanted to escape?” Lesson: Going to a warm destination? Always bring a sweater or light jacket.
Take a Bathing Suit Just in Case
I don’t really enjoy swimming but whenever I see a nice hotel pool or chance to go for a dip, I think what if.
Save Some Ones and Fives for Tipping
I never seem to have change at the beginning of my trip for the bellhop when I check-in or at the end for the housekeeper when I’m checking out. This means an extra trip down to the hotel desk to get change. Before a big trip we all head to the ATM where it dispenses only 20’s. So try to start collecting ones and fives a few days before you leave. Side note: In NYC clerks hate breaking a $20 bill. You’ll get the eye roll, the breathy sigh. It was easier for me to break a 20 US dollar bill in Cambodia than in NYC.
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