For the savvy traveler, planning and organizing a trip is an absolute must for a great travel experience. Numerous things can go wrong and are not in your control when you’re traveling. However, there are ways to make your travel experience less stressful, and organization is critical. Here are a few things to think about before your next trip and why it’s essential to keep all your travel organized.
Reservation numbers and ticket numbers, although similar, can be crucial information if you’ve purchased your tickets through a third party. Not all airlines use the same system, and while knowing your reservation number, which is a six-digit alphanumeric number, is helpful. Some airlines require a ticket number that usually is at least ten numerical digits or more. Travelers can find both numbers on their itinerary, but many often overlook the actual ticket number.
Before you pack, think about your travel plans and what you will need on your travels rather than what you may want to carry. Many travelers equate tropical destinations with all warm-weather clothing. In reality, evenings can get cool, and while beaches are warm during the day, some can get rather breezy and cold at night. Packing lists can be beneficial to remind you to pack what you need for a trip and handy in not forgetting your items when packing to return.
There are many methods of packing. Some travelers prefer folding or rolling their clothing, while others insist on using packing cubes to get the best use of luggage space. Each method is as good as the next, but familiarizing yourself with the different packing styles can be helpful when organizing your packing for a trip.
Planning and knowing your essentials can make traveling a much more pleasant experience. Having a travel first aid kit can be handy if you feel unwell during a trip. Unplanned issues like having a headache or stomachache often occur, so having pain relievers convenient can be essential. For some, a change of clothes is helpful, especially if you’ve ever arrived at your destination and find your luggage missing. Thinking ahead of what’s important during your trip will help you plan and pack your carry-on items with the essentials.
Other things to consider are books, magazines, or games to entertain yourself. A light jacket or travel blanket is helpful as many airlines no longer offer blankets as amenities on many flights. Additionally, pilots usually make aircraft temperature adjustments, and individual body temperatures are always different. Another excellent organization tool is a travel wallet with your passport, ID, and copies of your airline, hotel, or car rental itineraries, and travel and credit cards. Having one can be another great way to have your travel plans organized and accessible.
Have you used any of these organizing ideas? Are there any others you have used? I’d like to know.