I used to fly a fair amount for work. Not so much these days.
But since the holidays are rapidly approaching, and I’m planning some trips myself in the next few months, I thought time-saving travel tips, tools & templates were essential. Today: the tip and template. Come back tomorrow for my favorite travel tools!
Also, we’ve established that I’m a total nerd, and have strange quirks, right? Okay, good. Please don’t let today’s quick tip freak you out. I prefer to call it “better safe than sorry.”
When traveling by airplane, I always keep my photo id, a credit card and my phone in a pocket.
When I was younger, I used to think it was pointless to pay attention to any of the safety protocol at the beginning of a flight. After all, if the plane went down, we’d all be dead, so there was no need to know it.
Since then, I’ve seen a few too many flights that had relatively minor crashes where people did walk off the plane. But you know what they say when exiting an airplane in an emergency situation, right?
Do not take anything with you as you exit the plane. Note: This means leave your bags.
Um, that’s a problem.
I don’t know about you, but my wallet used to always be stowed safely in my bag under the seat (or worse, in an overhead compartment). And I don’t have too many phone numbers memorized. My husband’s yes, but I don’t even have my own mother’s cell phone number memorized.
What if my plane did have a minor crash, we deplaned, and I didn’t have ID, money or a way to get ahold of anyone. Yikes!
From that day on, I have always flown with my ID, credit card and phone physically on my person. Peace of mind.
If you don’t have pockets, I found a great alternative take on the fanny pack. Side note: Why is it that maternity clothes rarely have pockets? When I was pregnant (which I’m not currently!), I didn’t magically lose my need for pockets.
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Bonus tip: Review your packing list immediately after each trip. Add anything you wished you had packed or forgot. Remove anything that’s no longer relevant. You’ll thank yourself when you’re packing for your next trip.
What’s your favorite travel tip?