Great travel is about the experience, not micromanaging your trip's logistics. Your experience will be more enjoyable if you take just a few moments to pre-plan using these top tools before you head out.
- Use your Notes app on your phone. Often under-utilised, this app can make your trip so much easier. Just start creating a list of what you need to do before you leave, things you can't forget, and what you'd like to do while you are there. Note apps are no longer just about typing a few sentences. You can pull in pictures, links, bullet points, and reminders to tick off. When connected to the cloud, you can share with family and devices and never worry about leaving your list behind.
Curate your packing. It's easy to get overwhelmed when you are preparing for a trip. It would help if you had clothes for every weather, nights out, days as a tourist, all different types of shoes. If you feel better-having lots of luggage, go for it. But if you want to streamline your travel, take the time to create a "capsule wardrobe." This is a small mix-and-match wardrobe with separates that pair easily with each other. You can save extra clothing space for a few accessories. Wear your bulkiest shoes on the flight to keep room. Many outdoor clothing specialists create jackets and raincoats that fold down small. You can also save a lot of space by decanting your toiletries and makeup into smaller sizes. When you don't have to worry about what to wear, you get to focus your energy on just enjoying your trip.
Explore your options. Most of us have credit cards that are attached to loyalty services. Please take a good look and see what they are offering you. If you book your airline travel through them, do they offer a car service or lounge entry? Does the country you travel to provide immigration portals online to make your entry and departure easier? Could you be using an app to track your bookings and your flights? These are all great questions that can save you a lot of time and stress while travelling.
Embrace technology. There are so many gadgets and apps to make travelling easier. The AirBolt makes various great products to give you peace of mind. The AirBolt Smart Lock is a Bluetooth travel lock, so you can forget fiddly combinations and also have the ability to track your luggage. Set up a proximity alert using the AirBolt Card tracker for your wallet when on public transportation or in crowds. Worried about global travel? The AirBolt GPS can track almost anything and anywhere in a small, durable, lightweight package on a single yearly charge.
- Get creative. Some of the best ways to streamline your travel are to remember that you are on a trip. There is no routine you have to follow. For example, instead of carrying around everything you need to do your hair: shampoo, conditioner, styling products, hair dryer, and straightener, you could opt for a wash and blowout at a local salon. You can save time and money by using apartment hotels on some trip stops. You can wash your clothes and enjoy a few home-cooked meals. Creative flexibility can really help with stressfree travel.