Spring break is almost here and that means traveling for many people. But, before you go, there are some things to keep in mind when you’re heading out of town.
- Make sure someone is watching your house.
If you have a neighbor or friend who can check on your home while you’re gone, it’s always a good idea to let them know when you’ll be out of town and ask if they could keep an eye on things.
At the very least, ask them to stop by and pick up your mail.
- Pay attention to the weather.
If you’re heading somewhere cold and snowy or hot and humid, make sure you pack clothes for the climate. Nothing will ruin a trip more than having the wrong clothes for the weather.
- Make travel arrangements ahead of time and do your research.
Whether it’s booking a hotel or buying plane tickets, don’t wait until the last minute to make travel arrangements as prices only go up from there. And do your research, too — look at reviews of hotels to see if all the amenities listed are actually there and if past guests enjoyed their stay or not. Also, look at how far away the hotel is from where you plan to spend most of your time — proximity matters!
- When packing for your trip, be sure to roll clothes instead of folding them so they take up much less space. Remember that you can also wear many items more than once, especially if you’re going somewhere hot where bathing suits and shorts are the norm. It’s much better to bring one pair of jeans than three, even if it means wearing them twice.
Be sure to bring a change of clothes in your carry-on in case your suitcase gets lost. That way, you can still feel fresh upon arrival. If you’re traveling with someone else, split the weight evenly across both suitcases. This way, if one gets lost, you’ll each have some clothes until it’s found.
Be sure to weigh your suitcase on a bathroom scale before heading to the airport. It’s better to know ahead of time whether you’re under weight or not so there are no surprises when checking in at the gate. Many airlines will charge exorbitant fees for overweight bags, so try not to pay that!