Many of you mentioned other tips & tricks that I use too, like always keeping my travel bag stocked with toiletries and being prepared with good reading material (those 10 minutes of ascent and descent on a plane with no electronics can be brutally long without a great book or magazine).
Here are some other fun things I've found or discovered along the way.
Dressing comfortable is key, and I don't mean pajama pants.
The below outfit is sort of my idea of perfection. Leggings = heaven-sent on planes. Boots are another favorite. Layers, layers, layers. If you've ever suffered through a hot plane or a chilly plane, you know this much is true. If you're traveling during warm weather and you're wearing shoes with no socks (i.e., flats, sandals, wedges) you may want to stash a little pair of socks in your carry-on so that, when going through security, your precious soles aren't touching where thousands of other funky feet have walked that day too.
Develop a packing list that works for you.
Print it out and keep it in your suitcase, or maybe just type it in the notes section of your phone. There's no worse feeling than getting to the airport or your destination and realizing that you left something at home that is really difficult or expensive to replace. A coworker of mine recently left her entire makeup bag at home and had to go out and drop major moolah on all new (and unnecessary) makeup.
Carry-ons: A large tote bag is your friend.
When flying, you're limited to two pieces to carry on. Last week for my Rochester trip, I had to check my bag (not my preference) because my two carry-ons were my purse and my laptop case. I slipped my purse right into a large tote bag that I also filled with magazines, my iPad, my phone charger (always great to have on your person while traveling), and a few clementines.
Love this makeup tip for keeping blushes and eyeshadows intact.
Has anyone tried this yet? Travel has ruined some of my makeup, I'm definitely intrigued.
Lastly, safety is your #1 priority.
Maybe it's just because we recently finished the Dexter season with the vacation murders, but I think you can never be aware enough when you're out of your comfort zone. When traveling, a lot of people have the same routine -- for example, always leaving the hotel at the same time for dinner. Vary it up and be unpredictable; it could keep you safe.
How's that for ending on a positive note? (wink)
What are some of your fave travel tips?