I just returned from Thailand, which is hands-down my favorite place on earth! While I’m still unpacking my bags and it’s fresh on my mind — here’s my best travel tips, and Berk chimed in here, too! Here goes our do’s and don’t’s of international travel — with some favorite Thailand shots thrown in.
1. Before You Leave
Grab your passport and check the expiration date. If needed, apply for a renewal - ASAP!
A passport holder is a fun way to keep track of your important documents!
Once your flight is booked, check your airline and download their app. Sign up for flight status notifications. Create the wallet option on your smart phone so you’re not juggling passports and tickets and boarding passes.
Research the converter you will need! Before you hit the airport, make sure your phone is charged so you aren’t in line worried about showing your boarding pass before your phone dies.
Apply for TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry! We think the $85 membership fee for five years is WELL worth it — it’s a lifesaver, especially for the trip home! Keep in mind you have to apply in plenty of time prior to leaving on your trip but it saves (ALOT!) of time in customs and security lines both going and coming.
Download 3-4 movies, a few podcasts and a book on your Kindle! Last trip, I stood in the airport trying to get my movie to download and it never did. Make sure you go board ready with some fun media to look forward to!
Search “sleep” on Spotify and download a sleep playlist. It’s so worth it!
2. Pack in These Bags
Pack light! Just fill your carry on what you love! This not only cuts down on travel prep but strangely cuts down on stress during the trip. While in Thailand, I had less options to chose between day to day. Your favorites are always enough. Five days prior to leaving, lay everything out that you might bring. Set the items in your guest room bed, perhaps, so that you can walk in and out a few times a day and start removing things you’re not thrilled about bringing.
This Calpak laptop bag is tried and true and we’ve found nothing safer or easier to carry for our computers! It’s a backpack and stylish, too.
3. Tuck these in your carry on
Nothing is worse then chapped lips on a plane! We never leave the house without this!
Travel-size dry shampoo is your best friend while en-route and all trip long.
This (travel size) facial spray is magic for when you start to feel like you need a mid-flight refresh.
These no-leak containers are perfect for toiletries.
Berk and I both are suckers for a travel uniform, meaning our favorite joggers, a T-shirt, lightweight and comfy sneakers (perfect for when we have to sprint to our gate!) — and most of all, soft socks. Sounds ridiculous but it makes the hours and hours on a flight that much more comfortable.
Tiger Balm is magic — it’s a tiny container, perfect for your carry on and takes away headaches and neck/muscle tension quickly.
I love having these Colgate Whisps on hand to freshen my breath in between flights.
Neck pillow — this one is perfect, Berk and I have both used it every trip we’ve taken! It inflates/deflates so doesn’t take up too much space, and truly I can’t sleep without it!
4. Airport Tips
When you have long layovers, find the closest lounge to pay to get into and use their shower! Definitely worth the fee!
Buy some healthy snacks ahead of time or in the airport shop — they always have a nice selection and will help you feel better during your flight.
Buy a large bottle of water prior to boarding your flight — and try to get some steps in. We walk our terminal at least twice, just trying to prep for a long time staying seated.
5. Once You Arrive
When you get into the international airport, make sure to stop at the kiosk and swap out SIM card on your phone! All international airports have numbers of places to do this — and even better, it is really economical!
On every trip, we also rent a hot spot so we can work remote — and stream music/vidoes while we travel on the bus/subway!
Cheers to a new year full of travel!