Travel Tips: Odds and Ends

This is a short series of posts with my tips for traveling. I’ll explore things from booking to packing to flying and many things in between.

In the previous posts of this series, I walked through a lot of the products and processes I use when traveling. This post; however, is a simple list of few random travel tips to wrap it all up.


  • If you're going to be doing a lot of walking, invest in some good socks. They can be just as important for comfort as quality shoes.
  • Charge all of your electronics before you leave. All of them.
  • Check the booking rates for your hotel once more. If you find it cheaper, most hotel chains will match (and even beat) the new price.
  • If your flight is delayed or cancelled, try to be the first to call or approach customer service. Seats on other flights are first come, first served.
  • Understand your credit card benefits. Many of them offer travel insurance, rental car insurance, extended warranties, and much more.
  • Stash some cash somewhere besides your wallet. You don't want to be completely stranded if you lose your wallet.
  • If flying internationally, have a copy of your passport somewhere safe in case you lose your passport. This can expedite the process of getting a new one and save headaches.
  • Get a quality backpack for a carryon. Your shoulders will thank you.
  • Ask locals where to eat.
  • Download the area you'll be in to Google Maps in case you lose signal.
  • Pack a car phone charger if you'll have a rental car.
  • A small notepad can be extremely handy for writing confirmation numbers, customer support numbers, and more.
  • If flying during the day, try to stay awake. If flying at night, try to sleep. Base this on your destination's time zone.
  • Don't book every activity before you leave. Once you arrive at your destination, talk to the people there. They'll know of better things to do.
  • Bring a packable duffel for souvenirs.
  • Get this adapter to plug your iPhone or iPad into the hotel TV for Netflix or any other entertainment.
Matt Langford @Mtt

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