Just as promised I have some more travel tips for you as we all get ready to take our last vacations before the summer is over. Follow these couple of tips and you are guaranteed to save yourself a little money and have a lot of fun.
First off, be careful when renting a car be aware of the fees associated with excess mileage and any possible vehicle damage. For example, watch out for “pitted” windshield. Rental car companies use this “new windshield ” as a possible source of revenue.
Take pictures and even video of existing damage to the vehicle. Take pictures of both the inside and out with your phone, then email it to yourseld to establish a timeline.
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Also, when staying in older hotels, with older keycard entry systems (like ones with the magnetic strip) keep in mind that these keys can contain some of your personal credit card information or even drivers license information. After your stay is complete, take the keys with you and shred them.
When packing, keep an extra cell phone battery in your carry on bag. While on the plane, turn your cell phone on airplane mode. It reduces battery usage as the phone doesn’t have to spend the time searching for a signal. You may need the extra battery life when you land.
Think about wearing loose fitting shoes while you are on the plane. The pressure change in the planes can cause your feet to swell and if you are flying for more than a couple of hours, your shoes can become very tight. Loose fitting shoes also make going through security much less of a hassel.
Don’t forget to bring noise-canceling head phones or ear plugs while on the flight. They help reduce fatigue and if you like to sleep on a plane they can cancel out those little noises that can keep you awake. They are expecially handy if it’s an overnight flight, because others snoring can be quite annoying.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but bring a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can find a small, camping toothbrush that’s small enough to put in your carry on and it helps you freshen up when you land.
Have a picture of your passport and drivers license with you at all times, possibly taken by your phone. Also, either it email to yourself to a web mail account or just save it as a draft if you are worried about security. This way even if your phone is stolen and you are in another country, you can access your ID.
Going to a local US consulate or US Embassy will allow you to get new documents so that you can continue traveling. Leave copies at home with someone you trust as well.
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Lastly, keep a flashlight with you when you travel. I like to do this, because I was once in a hotel room and all the lights went out. Luckily, I had a flashlight with me and I was able to find the stairway in case if emergency and make my way through the pitch black hotel hallway to the lobby.
By following these tips, you are sure have a good time while you travel and not have to worry about the small but very important things while on vacation.
Source: Santa Clarita News