Today’s post, I’ll share traveling abroad: seven tips to help you organize. But regardless of your destination and whether you’re traveling alone or with your family, you’ll find these tips helpful. A week ago, I came back from a 3-week trip to the Philippines. Although I travel almost every year, every time, I learn something new that could make my vacation smoother and stress-free the next time.
Staying organized away from home? Yes, please! I must say that as someone who loves to organize, it took a while for me to find travel organizing tips and tricks that truly work. Like home organization projects, big and small, there is no one fixed approach to staying organized when traveling. You do what’s best for you. So, consider these tips only as your handy reference.
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TRAVELING ABROAD: 7 TIPS TO HELP YOU ORGANIZE
Book your travel and accommodations further ahead. The 10+ years I worked in the hospitality industry has taught me tips and tricks to book budget-friendly hotel rooms. I usually look for “Advance Purchase” deals and while it’s non-refundable you may be able (not guaranteed) to reach out to a manager for a change of travel dates should there be a change of travel plans due to an emergency.
In the case of purchasing airline tickets, while the same concept applies, the price may vary based on their inventory, destination, travel dates, etc. The rule of thumb that I follow is to purchase tickets further ahead and be sure to purchase travel insurance as well.
The further ahead you book, the better (in most cases!).
Print a Travel Packing Checklist. I highly recommend traveling light. Unless you’re heading to a secluded island, chances are there are stores in the area where you can buy essentials and other items you wish to have during the duration of your trip.
Pack like a pro. Use packing cubes to organize your items for your convenience, and also, if in case TSA would ask you to open your luggage for additional security check it’s nice to have an organized bag.
Be sure to have a TSA-friendly travel size toiletries and place them in clear ziplock bags that are accessible.
The lighter you travel, the better.
Create an Itinerary. It would be helpful to create an itinerary especially if you’re new to the area and you’d like to visit local places, or you’re traveling with your family, and you’d like to stay on schedule. Whatever your reason may be, it surely works! Be sure to share this to a family member or a trusted friend in case of emergency.
Stay organized while traveling.
Inform your bank/ financial institution when and where you’ll be traveling. Unless you inform your bank/ financial institution of your travel plans, chances are you’ll have challenges doing transactions especially if you travel abroad. Fraud protection can immediately put a red flag on your purchases. It happened to me so, I know.
Also, assuming you already knew the allowed maximum dollar amount in cash you can bring with you, pay a visit to your local bank and request for new and crisp bills upon withdrawal. In the Philippines, well, at least on the island where my family lives a tiny tear on a bill can be an issue. The money changer may not accept it or will take it for a lower currency exchange rate. And oh, I highly recommend bringing $100 bills since smaller bills are subject to lower currency exchange rate.
Do your research. Always take one step ahead.
Check your phone service provider. While there are many options to make calls and send messages nowadays, it’s always good to know what your phone service provider has to offer. I’ve been with the same provider since 2008 so, I have a grandfathered rate which allows me to use my phone on the trip.
Always choose the cheaper rate. So, be sure to do your research ahead.
Secure your home. Sometimes being a control freak pays off. I’m serious. When we moved to our house in 2017, the thought of being in a new place with no friends (yet) and family made me feel so uneasy. So, I bought ARLO security cameras and installed the units strategically in the outdoor and indoor areas. While there are many options for a security system, ARLO works well and has exceptionally met our expectations.
Being able to monitor our home during the trip gives me peace of mind.
Organize your home and check your appliances. Leaving an organized home and fully functional appliances can put your mind at ease, and when you come back, the feeling of not having to rush to clean and organize surely helps while you recover from the trip.
Don’t you agree? I sure do.
ADDITIONAL TIPS TRAVELING ABROAD: 7 TIPS TO HELP YOU ORGANIZE
Check your passport, visa or other travel documents’ expiration date.
Be sure to check the airline’s luggage weight and size restrictions.
Check your prescriptions to make sure you won’t need a refill before you return home.
Put a hold on your mail delivery and sign up on Epay for your bills if you haven’t done already.
Be sure to book a trusted and secure place for your pet accommodation.
Bring your favorite book and travel journal.
Have fun on your vacation! Be sure to come back refreshed and well-rested.
The tips that I shared in this post are based on my experience while traveling to and from the Philippines and nearby Asian countries. I’m not a travel blogger. .. My blog is about organizing, decorating, and DIY projects where I share inspiration to create a beautifully organized home. But every time I see an opportunity to learn and put organizing skills into practice whether it’s at home or away from home I feel the need to share it to my readership.
I hope that you find this post helpful. ..
MY FAVORITE TRAVEL QUOTES
“He who would travel happily must travel light.” -Antoine de St. Exupery
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama“
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert
“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide
“At its best, travel should challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader minded and more understanding.” –Arthur Frommer
If you have additional tips on traveling abroad, let me know in the comments below. Your thoughts are highly appreciated!