Ok, I have to admit I am guilty!! I should be better at packing right? Well as I approach each new trip I continue to improve on the process. As well, the packing process can be even worse when you’re traveling with kids.
Research show travelers typically return from a trip with at least six unworn outfits. Now I’m not sure about you, but I would rather have that extra room to bring home some special souvenirs.
To help with not over-packing,
I also highly recommend a travel luggage scale. They are relatively inexpensive and will end up being one of the best investments you ever make. It’s portable, you can take it with you and not only can you weigh your luggage before you leave home but you can weigh it before you leave your resort on your return home. My luggage scale has saved me from having to pay unwanted over weight fees, making it an invaluable investment.
2. Not Buying Something You Like As Soon As You See It
We've all done this at one time or another. We hum and haw over something we like, thinking we might find it cheaper somewhere else or maybe find something we like better. Often times we wait, don’t make it back to that little shop and then regret not buying it on the spot. So if you see that “perfect” gift or souvenir, buy it!
Live with no regrets.
3. Not Checking Your Phone Plan Before Traveling
For those that can’t live without their phone or Facebook, this is really important. You do not want to get back from a relaxing vacation only to find a $1000 cell phone bill waiting. It does happen. There are many ways to stay connected and not spend a fortune, so check with your cell phone provider and do your research.
4. Not Tightening The Caps On Any Liquids……all the way
I’m sure everyone has had this happen at one time or another. Your favorite shampoo leaked all over your favorite shirt or the cap came off your toothpaste and you had a pasty mess. How about baby formula exploding in your suitcase or that special bottle of wine opening up. Absolutely No fun! One of the best ways to prevent this from happening to use good old fashion zip- lock bags. Place all your liquids neatly in these bags and make sure they are sealed. Then if something were to leak it would be contained in the bag. That means less mess to clean up and you just saved yourself from having to buy a new wardrobe.
5. Not Buying Full Insurance
Or not buying travel insurance, at all. Often times we think “Or, nothing is going to happen, so why waste the money”. I believe there are two ways to look at travel insurance:
1. It protects you’re investment. Yes a vacation is an investment just like anything else you purchase. If one member of your party were to get sick and you couldn’t travel and you didn’t have insurance that means you just lost $5000 you paid for the trip.
2. It protects you’re family. If someone were to get hurt or sick while on your vacation the medical bills can quickly add up. With insurance would be covered.
So really why wouldn’t you purchase travel insurance? Isn’t it well worth the peace of mind when it comes to your loved ones?