My Top 3 Travel Hacks For Any Vacation
If you read my last blog post then you'll know that I have been away on vacation. It was really nice to get away and head down to the Caribbean with my boyfriend. A lot has been going on in both our lives so this trip was more than welcomed. And while vacations can be fun and relaxing, preparing for them can be stressful and anxiety inducing. However, this doesn't have to be the case, and that is why I am sharing with you my top 3 travel hacks that work for any vacation! You could be going to Fiji in your bikini, or Banff National Park in your parka, these apply to everything.
1. Pack in Outfits
This is something I have done for quite a while now. I used to have a hard time decided what to bring on family vacations, so I would usually over-pack and end up putting some of my stuff in my dad's suitcase instead. The first time I traveled by myself, I decided to try packing as if I were imagining what I was going to wear for each day: Monday I'll wear this sundress, Tuesday I'll wear this t-shirt and a pair of shorts, etc. This made it a lot easier for me to pack just enough clothing for the amount of time I was going to be away (and maybe one or two other things for some extra choice/variety). You obviously don't have to wear the outfits in the order you picked them, but by planning a whole weeks worth of clothes with items that can even be paired together with pieces from other outfits, you are set for your entire trip.
2. Keep Essentials in Your Carry On
This is another thing I learned to do on my first solo flight. I was on my way to Hawaii to be picked up by my mum, and had to take the red eye in order to get there. I wanted to sleep on the plane so that I could beat the jet-lag, but people so often fall asleep on planes with their mouths wide open. To combat bad flight breath and to help wake me up once I got off the plane, I kept a cosmetics bag filled with my essentials inside my carry-on. In this bag, I included a mini toothbrush, my favourite travel sized toothpaste, a package of makeup wipes to help refresh my skin before landing, and my daily moisturizer and eye cream. If you like wearing makeup on flights, you could put your eyeliner or powder inside for whenever you're in need of a touchup. You can put anything in this essentials bag that makes you feel at home and comfortable!
3. Stay Hydrated
Winter really knows how to dry out my body. My skin is dry, my eyes are dry, and I'm generally just a staticy mess. On a regular day I try to down at least two bottles of water, and apply lotion to my hands after every wash (this is ambitious, I know). Add in a night out with friends and a few drinks, and you've turned yourself into a desert. Now, at higher altitudes, your body actually feels the effects of alcohol more. So, if you plan on having a drink or two on your flight, maybe to help you relax, think it through again. If you think you feel dehydrated after a regular night out, imagine that feeling at 40,000 ft. To combat this effect, have a glass of water after every alcoholic drink you consume. Even if you're not drinking, it's always a good idea to drink more water on your flight than you'd think. Recycled air is a major culprit for chapped lips and a sore throat; both things you want to avoid having once you land at your destination.
Do you have any travel tips to share with me? You all know I love a good recommendation, and I especially love any related to making my flights easier. Share them with me below!