A few months ago, we wrote a blog titled “15 Great Travel Tips” that included tips for planning your trip, hotels, packing, dining, and more. At our EWR Airport parking facility, we figure you can never have too many great travel tips, so we’ve found 15 more to share with you:
Before you fly, fight jet lag by exercising and staying hydrated. If where you’re traveling to is only a few hours’ difference, get your body used to sleeping at earlier or later hours a few days before you depart.
Once you arrive at your destination, wake up with the light. Even if it means losing a few hours of sleep, your body is more likely to adjust to the different sleep schedule if you go to bed when it’s dark and wake up when it’s light.
On Your Flight
Pack a small toiletry bag with face wipes, lotion, mouthwash, and hand sanitizer so you can freshen up before you land.
Don’t wear shoes that are snug. Many people experience foot swelling during their flight and if you have snug shoes on, your walk to baggage claim won’t be very comfortable.
Drink plenty of fruit juice and water. Airline cabins tend to dry out your skin – juice will retain its moisture and water will keep you hydrated.
If you’re headed to a country with a different currency, convert your money before you leave. You’ll avoid currency exchange fees in your destination country.
Take a picture of your credit cards, passport, ID, boarding pass, and travel itinerary, then email it to yourself before you leave. This way, you’ll be able to access your information from any computer.
If you’re traveling abroad, be sure to inform your credit card company that you will be in another country. You’ll avoid the chance of your credit card being flagged as “stolen.”
In Your Hotel Room
To make sure your mirror isn’t a two-way mirror (where a person on the other side can see you but you can’t see them), place your finger on the mirror. If there’s a gap between the mirror and your fingernail, it’s a regular mirror. If your fingernail touches the mirror, it’s a two-way mirror.
If your room has a mini-bar that you’re not going to use, don’t touch it. Even picking up items and replacing them can trigger sensors that will charge you a mini-bar fee.
Check for bed bugs by peeling back your sheets and looking for flat, oval bugs. Also look for small reddish brown stains or small pieces of shed skin.
Pack a couple travel-size packets of laundry detergent in case you need to wash your clothes. That way, you can turn your sink into a wash tub.
Roll your clothes when you pack them in your suitcase. You’ll not only have more room, you’ll have fewer wrinkles than if they were folded.
Always pack a plastic bag. You can use it to separate wet clothes from dry clothes, dirty clothes from clean clothes, or shoes from the rest of your belongings.
Wash all of your clothes before you pack. This way, you’ll be able to pack whatever you want and not have to worry about bringing something dirty.
And remember – if you’re flying out of EWR, make a reservation with our parking facility. We’ll take good care of your car while you’re gone.