5 Things I Learned about Traveling 2000 Miles from Home
Hey, guys. I’m back from my trip and, with summer vacations approaching, I thought you all might enjoy a few tips on traveling, based on my recent adventures.
I left Wednesday morning of last week and traveled nearly 2000 miles to Utah for a 5-day Convention with my company. It was an interesting trip, to say the least. This was the furthest I’ve traveled thus far in my life, and especially the furthest I’ve ventured on an airplane.
I have to say, airport security is a huge pain in the behind, and it’s like a madhouse in that line. The employees were not nice and everyone was rushed to get through the line. I detest being rushed. Nonetheless, I know it’s a necessary process, so I tunneled through.
One quick tip about going through airport security: wear socks and slide-on shoes!
Here are a few other tips I can offer in hindsight of my entire trip:
1. Wear comfortable clothes to the airport AND while sightseeing in a new city. I had packed so many cute outfits and matching shoes, mostly to wear at the convention. (You know, I wanted to look professional.) It only took ONE day of having to walk several blocks around the city in high heels, because there is NO parking available during a convention, to realize that these shoes weren’t made for walking. In fact, they didn’t seem to be made for my feet at all. I rarely wear high heels and practically live in my tennis shoes at home, but again, I was trying to look professional. And I rarely get the chance to dress up.
Final results: Even though I bought and applied numerous Bandaids (and comfy heel insoles), my feet were punishing me by the afternoon. That night, I had ridiculous blisters that ended up lasting me the rest of the trip. The next morning, and every day following, I opted for my slide-on Sketchers. Yes, even for class. I only had 10 minutes between classes and some of them were on opposite sides of the building and I had to use escalators at times. Lesson learned? It’s not worth that much pain to look cute. I’ll just stick with what I know works – my trusty walking shoes.
2. Try to keep your body on your normal time as much as possible, even when it comes to your eating schedule. That way there will be less transition (jet lag) when you return home. Set alarms on your phone or watch if it helps. One-hour difference either way is okay, but try not to exceed that. As well, this will keep your stomach processes on the normal schedule.
3. Stay hydrated and keep a water bottle with you. If you’re unfamiliar with the area and end up having to park and walk a good bit, you never know what will happen. You could get lost and end up walking for much longer than you anticipated. Staying hydrated will give you the energy you need to keep going. Snacks are also a good idea. Throw a few in your pockets or purse if you can.
4. Pay attention to your surroundings. When you don’t know the area, you need to take note of how you got to a certain place so you won’t waste time or get lost trying to get out of there. So many parking garages look the same, especially in populated cities.
*pro traveling tip – take a picture of the sign that marks where you park your car at the airport and at any other unfamiliar place
5. No matter the weather, bring a light sweater or jacket. Weather can change quickly.
In fact, I highly recommend each of the following items in your suitcase, because you never know what will come up: (some of these are no-brainers)
*soft, comfy pants – yoga pants work great
*a lightweight jacket or sweater (already covered that)
*a dressy outfit, in case you’re invited to dinner or happen upon a nice restaurant you want to try
*socks – long and ankle style, in case you wear jeans or shorts
*sunglasses and sunscreen (windburn is even more painful than sunburn)
*chapstick or lip balm
*tennis or athletic shoes – you might discover a hiking trail – or, you might need to run away from something!
*cash – no more than $100
*each adult carries a hotel room key, in case you are separated or there is an accident
*a cell phone
*compact umbrella – foldable
*a few first-aid items – Bandaids, Neosporin, wound-cleaning wipes, plastic gloves
This is a basic list to get you started. You can keep these items in a backpack that you can travel with on foot, or to keep in your car if it will be parked close by.
One more thing I will suggest to the ladies: instead of carrying a shoulder-style purse, take a cross-body purse. The chances of you getting mugged or forgetting your purse somewhere are much less.
I hope you all find value in these tips and they allow you to have a safer (and more comfortable) trip the next time you venture from home.
Feel free to share any pro traveling tips you have to offer.