- Pack light.
Summer is the ideal time to perfect packing light. With warmer average temperatures, start with your outfit staples: a few tops, pair of shorts, pair of pants – and add flare with a bold scarf, cute hat, patterned skirt or fun socks. Pick a palette and stick to it to create a week’s worth of mix-and-match options. Save space by purchasing basic toiletries like toothpaste and soap at your destination. (This will also save you a security headache if you’re carrying your bag onto a plane!)
To maximize space, roll your clothes, rather than folding them. Tuck your shoes into shower caps to keep them from soiling clean clothes. Throw a couple of plastic grocery bags in for dirty clothes. And – if you’re flying, don’t forget to keep your prescription meds and valuables with you in case of lost luggage or delayed flights!
- Bring snacks.
Whether you are road tripping, flying or taking the train –snacks keep both kids and adults happy. We love mixed nuts, protein bars, dried fruits and pre-packaged cheese for healthy options that will keep you full throughout your trip. For a salty snack, throw in some kale chips or veggie chips – or the ever-addicting bag of skinny popcorn. Nut allergies in the family? Try dry roasted edamame or instant oatmeal cups.
- Use technology.
Although vacation is a great time to unplug, technology can help keep your travel smooth. Download your airline’s flight app and sign up for text alerts to stay informed of delays or cancellations. If you’re an AAA member, use their app for roadside assistance and to quickly look up nearby accommodations. There are even apps to help with currency conversion
or to provide white noise
if you’re traveling with night owls or snorers.
If you’re headed to an area without great data coverage, be sure to download the Google maps
you will need to navigate. Take a minute to download your favorite podcasts as well, to keep you entertained en route.
- Stay hydrated.
Drink up! Stay healthy and energized by bringing a reusable water bottle to fill in the airport or at rest stops. Try to avoid caffeine and alcohol, which tend to dehydrate. If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding a flavor packet, like True Lemon. (All wisdom aside, finding the perfect balance of hydration while not making a zillion pit stops is still a mystery we’re trying to solve – any tips?)
- Revive tried-and-true games.
Sometimes the simplest childhood games can provide hours of entertainment in an airport or while waiting for unforeseen delay. Pack a hacky sack or Pick Up Sticks for a game that’s addicting for kids and adults alike. Or download the HeadsUp on your phone for an accessible and super fun group game. A deck of cards or simple game of Uno can also go a long way during an extended wait. It’s amazing how memories are made when you get creative and make the most of any situation.
- Wear compression.
Keep your legs energized by wearing compression socks
. It’s one of the easiest travel hacks you’ll ever invest in. They’ll help keep your feet warm on the plane while circulating freshly oxygenated blood while you’re seated for long periods of time. Compression socks lower your risk of developing DVT and can help prevent swelling in the feet and ankles. They hardly take any space on your bag and can add a fun pop of color to any outfit.
Do you have any wise travel advice to share? Tell us in the comments below!