Tips for traveling around the world, literally around the world (trips of 20+ hours and 2+ legs):
- Pack a converter/adapter kit. You never know what kind of voltage or outlets other places will have.
- If you travel overseas, invest in certain appliances. For example, I have a straightening iron that works on 220 voltage, so I don’t have to risk blowing up my American straightening iron when I go to other countries.
- I ALWAYS pack a change of clothes (something cute!) for when I’m on my last leg of the trip. That way I get off the plane on the other side looking like I just spent 5 hours traveling, not 35. This also helps if my bags get lost. I’m not stuck in the same clothes for days. See #7, also.
- I utilize the transit hotels in international airports. I always check to see if the airports I’m flying through have these. And if I don’t have time to get a room and take a nap/shower, I will at least use the showers and feel refreshed before I get on that last leg of the trip. Once again looking like I’ve just been traveling for five hours and not 35.
- I take all of my toiletries with me on the plane, of course they must be in 3 oz. containers, or less, and in a gallon Ziploc bag. This can be a little time-consuming because I have to change some containers, but this allows me to take a shower while traveling, and if my bags get lost, I’m not stuck without deodorant or my toothbrush.
- I always pack some kind of portable alarm. You never know when you’ll get stranded somewhere and need to sleep – and want to make sure you wake up before the next flight. I have done this many times in transit lounges. I’m always thankful for my cell phone alarm.
- When I leave my house I wear all black lounge-ish clothing. I want to wear the closest thing to pajamas that I can get away with because I’ll be sleeping a lot for the long leg overseas. I wear black because I don’t want to draw attention to myself when traveling as an American through the places I travel. J Maybe I’m a tad paranoid, but it works for me. This plan also helps if my bags get lost. These double as pj’s once I get to my destination, in case my bags don’t show up.
- I always wear flip flops when traveling for a long time. This cuts down on time at security with removing shoes. It also allows me to kick them off easily once on the plane and relaxing. BUT, do NOT forget to bring socks because some airplanes are cold.
- I always have a plethora of ipods and reading material. It just helps to pass the time.
- I wear one of those travel wallet things that go around your neck. This is where I keep my passport, ID’s and some money. I keep it on my person at all times. This cuts down on the risk of having it stolen or losing it. I also keep a stash of cash in another bag, just in case I DO get separated from my wallet. And just in case something happens to my wallet, I keep a copy of my passport in my other bag.
- Never travel without Kleenex and baby wipes. You never know when you’ll need them. I like to wipe my face and hands periodically while on the plane. And I don’t always want to crawl over my neighbor to go to the bathroom. You also never know what kind of bathroom you’ll meet in other countries.
[When this posts I'll be somewhere over the Pacific Ocean ... on my way to JAKARTA!]