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How To Successfully Navigate Airport Security Procedures

May 5, 2017

How To Successfully Navigate Airport Security Procedures

EXTRA TIP! If you are a student planning travel to a foreign country, consider getting an international student identification card before you leave. Many restaurants, museums, and tourist stops offer discounts when you show student identification.

Travel is one of life’s greatest pleasures, if you know how to do it without getting frazzled! What often separates a hectic and disorganized trip from a relaxed and seamless one is the knowledge and experience of the person booking it. This article contains a number of tips to make your travel experience smooth and enjoyable.

EXTRA TIP! When traveling in another country, be sure to clean your hands and under your fingernails often. Try not to touch your face, especially your eyes and mouth ,to prevent any bacteria or germs from getting in.

When traveling to tropical areas, always keep your dirty laundry in a closed bag. Hotels and homes in tropical parts of the world aren’t as bug-proof as most American homes. Dirty laundry will attract insects, especially ants, meaning that clothing that was simply dirty, is now completely unwearable for the rest of the trip.

EXTRA TIP! When booking a hotel stay, be sure to ask when the hotel was last built or renovated. A low-cost motel that’s brand new might be a better option than an older building attached to a good name.

If you travel by air frequently, it’s a good idea to learn the rules of the TSA. Every airport has a security checkpoint that you need yo pass before you can get too your plane and not knowing the security rules can make your time at the checkpoint frustrating for you and the people around you.

EXTRA TIP! Try your best to pack all your belongings in as little amount of luggage as possible. You don’t want to bring 5 bags of luggage with you on the plane and overwhelm yourself.

If you are taking a cruise, bring a tackle box and use it to store your valuables. Most thieves are only interested in what they can quickly find and get out with. They probably will not think to look in a tackle box for valuables.

EXTRA TIP! If you are taking your car to the airport and leaving it there, always make a note of where you parked it. You should write it on a piece of paper or put it in your phone.

When booking a hotel online, don’t forget to search the web for discount codes or promotions for that hotel chain. If you are a AAA (American Auto Association) member, don’t forget to request the rate, which most hotels in North America have. There’s no reason to pay list price for a hotel room, so shop around and ask for better rates.

EXTRA TIP! If you are traveling overseas, be prepared for anything. Cultures are very different once you leave the western world.

If you plan to stay more than one night in a hotel room, bring a cheap over-the-door organizer for shoes or jewelry. Instead of filling it with shoes, you can use the pockets to store your toiletries, room key, camera, phone and any other objects which might easily get lost in the fray. The clear pockets make it easy to find things, in seconds.

EXTRA TIP! Bring a power strip along with you when you go out of the country. This may seem like a silly idea to some, but if you have a room with two outlets and you have two cell phones, two laptops and an MP3 player that needs recharging, what are you going to do? Having a power strip prevents these dilemmas and also, you will only need to buy one adapter for foreign plugs.

Social networking sites can serve as wonderful resources while you’re traveling. A quick Tweet or Facebook status update asking such questions as: Where’s a great place for ice cream in New York? or Which coffee shop should I check out in Rome? can provide you with a wealth of instant information.

EXTRA TIP! Carry a mini notebook with you wherever you go. It is much easier to write the name of your destination and have someone understand you, than it is to make wild gestures while trying to say a difficult town name.

If you are traveling for a wedding or special event, do not book your hotel room under the block of rooms reserved for the party. Hotels usually give these events the corporate rate, which is higher than other discounts that they offer. Try making reservations with your AAA membership or hotel rewards program.

EXTRA TIP! Joining a travelers club like AAA will help keep money in your pocket through discounts and specials. Many hotels, restaurants and other organizations will offer moderate to steep discounts to members of travelers clubs.

A direct flight is not the same as a nonstop flight. Both types of flights mean you do not have to change planes; however a direct flight may stop at other airports before your final destination. This leaves more possible areas for delays, making you late to arrive at your destination.

EXTRA TIP! If you have a guidebook to help you in your travels you can tear out the sections you will be using and staple the pages together. This will lighten the load you are carrying.

Bring your own coffee or tea when you travel. Hotels often provide a small coffee maker for guests in their rooms, however often the coffee and tea selection is less than ideal. Everyone has their own personal favorite brand or flavor of coffee, so to make sure your day starts off the way you like it, bring that taste of home with you on your trip.

EXTRA TIP! Creature comforts can make the difference when you are traveling. Bringing your preferred brand of tea or coffee can help with relaxation and help you decompress.

If you are traveling overseas, find out whether the country you are in, offers a menu of the day. This option introduces you to inexpensive food, that is native to the area that you are visiting. Most menus have several courses that even include a glass or a bottle of wine. You can save a tremendous amount of money, eating out this way.

EXTRA TIP! A useful item to pack for your flight, inside your carry-on bag, is a fleece blanket with sleeves. It can keep you warm on a cool plane, while still allowing you to hold your book or magazine.

Allow time in your travel plans for diversion. When you are planning events and activities during your trip, separate some of these plans with an hour or two gap in between. This allows for extra time at an event or the opportunity to explore some of the local scenery that you might not see otherwise.

EXTRA TIP! When you decide to travel and want to make the most out of your time away from home, spend time now doing your research. Get a feel for what you are going to want to do at your destination.

When traveling with a baby or toddler, be sure to bring a blanket from home. It is nice to have something that will smell a little bit like home for your baby. Everything will be so different and new that the smell of home will be very soothing and may help calm your loved one a little bit.

EXTRA TIP! Make use of the E-tracking option found on some travel sites have. This can keep you updated on the cheapest travel methods.

If you are traveling with small children, visit a small hospital beforehand. They can give your child an identification bracelet so that if your child gets lost, their personal information is available. If you are traveling to another country, get the identification tag in the language of the country you are visiting.

EXTRA TIP! Do research and check references if you are going with a by owner rental. You do not want to make all of your travel plans around gorgeous home that you are expecting to get and then find out when you get there, that it has already been rented to someone else or that it is a complete dump.

Make sure to confirm your lodging reservation before you even leave for your trip. This is especially important when using the internet to make a reservation because even though you may have requested a room by email, it is possible that the hotel or other accommodation, has not received your request.

EXTRA TIP! A great travel tip is to never fully unpack if you’re staying at a hotel room for a small amount of time. It might get annoying having to get everything out of your suitcase but it’s a great way to make sure you won’t lose anything by leaving it behind.

Don’t make plans with the airlines the day you go or later. Instead, try calling them the night before to reconfirm your flight is still scheduled or to see if it’s overbooked. Give yourself at least a half hour to get to the airport. Also save time by checking in at home and pre-printing your boarding passes.

As was mentioned at the beginning of this article, travel is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for many people. However, it can sometimes be stressful for those who are less experienced or knowledgeable in making travel plans. Use the advice in this article and you are on your way to smooth and relaxing travels.

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