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Five Travel Tips for the Frequent Traveler

Updated on December 3, 2015
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I'm a seasoned traveller and enjoy sharing sightseeing & travel tips . I particularly love London, my home of choice for over 50 years

These Travel Tips Can be Used by the Less Frequent Traveller Too - You're not Left Out!

I have always traveled a lot since my childhood shortly after the War. This is because my family moved to live in Africa, and we used to travel back to England (a 3-day flight on a flying boat in those days), to see the family, and then we would have holidays around Africa, and, at the age of 11, I was flying or travellng on a train for 3 days to boarding school in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Eventually I re-settled in England, but would visit family abroad, and my parents had a flat in Spain, which entailed frequent holidays for me and my family.

And then there were other places I visited frequently in the last few years, such as Bulgaria.

Church in Varna, Bulgaria

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So am I qualified to give travel tips? Definitely!

See what you think - there are bound to be a few travelers' tips you will find useful

Check That all Your Injections and Vaccinations are Up-to-Date, and Your Passport has at Least Six Months to Run

We don't want any last-minute

panic, do we?

Also, make sure you have a

current Visa, if this is required

Travel Tip 1 - Keep a fully packed washbag in your home

Have it ready at all times, then you can just grab it and run, with just a cursory check to see you haven't taken anything out of it since it was last used

Include the following basics:

  • Toothbrush with cover
  • Toothpaste
  • Sponge
  • Razor
  • Pillbox
  • Nail brush
  • Handbag-sized hairbrush and or comb
  • Mirror
  • Cotton wool and cotton wool buds
  • Nail clippers
  • Soap
  • Eye make-up remover (you can use this for general make-up removal, thus saving weight and space)

Travel Tip 2 - Keep a fully packed medicine first-aid bag

Just the basic necessities, unless you're a hypochondriac, in which case you might be aghast at how little you can actually make do with

Keep the bag packed when at home, so it's available at a moment's notice, but make sure the medicines are not out of date. You will need the following basics, and even if you find you don't need them yourself, you could be someone else's saviour:

  • Plasters of various sizes (in case of blisters in those new shoes, and cuts when rock climbing or treading on broken glass)
  • Ibruprofen or Panadol (for headaches and fevers, reducing inflammation and generally making you feel better after various excesses)
  • Medicine to quell an upset stomach (sometimes this occurs because you are not acclimatised to the particular bacteria in the water, and it is wise to drink bottled water in some places - always ask other travelers you meet whether the water is safe - the locals will always say it's safe, because it is safe for them, they're used to it. And don't forget it includes avoiding ice as well, as this is only frozen water, and possibly only eating cooked food, as salad would be washed in the local water too)
  • Diarolyte (if you are very sick or have prolonged diarrhoea, you lose a lot of salts, and this will rehydrate you)
  • Eyedrops (in case of sore eyes after swimming, or getting foreign bodies like sand in your eyes)
  • Tweezers (good for pulling out splinters and thorns)
  • Antihistamine ointment (for insect stings and bites - it will stop them itching)
  • Insect repellant (not essential, but very useful if you are in a place where flying creatures are a nuisance)
  • Antiseptic wipes (to help avoid infection if you get a cut or blister)
  • Bandage (in case of more serious injury, including sprains)

This is a Good First Aid Kit - It comes highly recommended - 45 Amazon reviews

AAA 121-Piece Road Trip First Aid Kit
AAA 121-Piece Road Trip First Aid Kit

It covers all the main eventualities, and there is extra space for you to add your own things as well

 

A word of warning:

I am not medically qualified to give you medical advice, so if in doubt, see someone who is.

The paragraph above is

for your guidance only.

Also

Snake bites, jelly fish bites, and

getting bitten by sharks or pirhanas

are outside my field of knowledge

and therefore not covered by

the travel tips given in this article!

Do Not Put Your Home Address on Your Luggage Label on Your Outward-bound Journey

If thieves spot your address,

they might make an unexpected visit

to your home whilst you are away.

You might want to put some form of

identification inside your suitcase,

but even this is not entirely without risk,

in the event that your suitcase is stolen.

Take a wheeled suitcase on your trip (this is a bonus travel tip, and not part of the 5 tips) - You can get this case on Amazon, who have a wide choice

Travel Tip 3: Keep some stationery at the ready

You'll be pleased if you don't have to run round looking for bits and pieces at the last minute

These itlems will prove invaluable when travelling, and are often forgotten:

  • String (to tie up luggage, hang out clothes)
  • A non-leaking pen with a lid (remember that biro pens often leak at high altitudes, and can make a mess of your bag and hands)
  • Note- paper and/or Post-it Notes and Labels (you are bound to want to write something down, be it an address, or a note to say where you can be found if not in your room, and labels are handy for the return journey)
  • A list of important phone numbers/addresses ( don't take your address book with you, in case you lose it, and be prepared in case you lose your mobile phone)

Travel Tip 4 - If you Frequently Travel to the Same Place, Leave a Suitcase Behind

To be stored in the hotel or holiday home

See whether there is somewhere there (e.g. a hotel storage area or under the stairs in a holiday home) where you can leave a suitcase of clothes and necessities when you go home, to save you having to pack things which you don't need back home, such as spare swimming gear, and maybe casual clothes you wouldn't wear at home, and a sunhat, even some costume jewelry and a handbag or backpack and sandals, and a washbag and medical kit.

I try to leave behind at the resort the various clothes which I am fed up with wearing every day at home, but which still look tolerable. By the time you have left them behind for 3 months, they look quite appealing again, and of course new people will see them with new eyes.

Travel Tip 5 - Money

Keep a permanent spare wallet with cash in the currencies you use frequently

After your trip, don't change your foreign currency back to your home currency - just shove it in a drawer till your next trip. Living in the UK it would be Euro's, or $ US which are acceptable all over Europe and maybe Swiss francs. Work out by analogy what you would need in your area.

Change your money locally - it is more expensive at the airport, and you will need at least some money for taxis and tipping before you get to your destination.

Pack a Travel adapter

elago Tripshell Travel Adapter[All in One][Dual USB] - [Dual USB][Surge Protection][Compatible in 150 Countries]
elago Tripshell Travel Adapter[All in One][Dual USB] - [Dual USB][Surge Protection][Compatible in 150 Countries]

You can use this light-weight adapter to plug in your razor in most countries and it has 2 USB ports so you can recharge your phone and ipad at the same time - very useful

 

Take this Poll About Travel - Are you a frequent traveller?

Do you go away more than once a year?

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Here's a Useful Travel Mug for your Trip - Designed by me on Zazzle

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Travelling on YouTube:

"I'm Leaving, on a Jet Plane" by John Denver -

I love this song, very romantic -

Couldn't you just fall in love all over again after listening to it?

Bon Voyage!

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Learn a Bit of the Language Before You Go Abroad - it will help you to get around and please the local people

A couple of my web pages about language courses:

Best Dutch Language Courses

Best Spanish Language Courses

Best German Language Courses

Best French Language Courses


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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful tips.

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      maryLuu 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!

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      chattersharon 4 years ago

      good information!

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      observant trave 3 years ago

      thanks for the nice tips in this lens, they will surely be handy for me during my Kashmir valley tour

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      Nice tips. Two things I always include in my toiletry kit: a can/bottle opener and clothes pins (to pin shut hotel curtains)...

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I love John Denver too -what a great song that is. Your tips here are very useful. It's amazing how often people overlook the medical kits. Thanks for sharing you ideas.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Good tips, Diana. These days, I bring my laptop, instead of stationery, and with web access available almost everywhere now, it's a great benefit.

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      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      Looks like you're prepared for anything!

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Lynda Makara: I was a Brownie - "be prepared" - it's a good motto

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @David Stone1: Yes, I suppose a lot of people do that, especially if you are away on business. If on holiday, I quite like the break from technology

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @goldenrulecomics: Yes, both important items - I take the safety pins, in case a hem comes down - not too bothered about curtains

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Adventuretravels: Yes, and it's such a pain if you have to go out and buy something with foreign instructions and no translation. I've done that before, in Bulgaria.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Very sound hints indeed for people who travel frequently. I usually only travel once a year within the U.S. to see my 'kids' and grandkids in 3 Midwestern states, and have an extended stay once I'm there. This past Spring I was gone 7 weeks, with nearly a month at one son's house helping with a new baby. I discovered I hadn't brought enough clothes and found that local thrift shops nicely and inexpensively fill in needed items.

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      Diana Grant 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thrift shops are good, but don't usually have much in large sizes to fit me. They have to be nice as well as cheap!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Hi I have pinned this article. It's full of very good advice. I went to Bangladesh once ( a long time ago) and didn't bring the right clothes!! That was a total nightmare -the heat and the fact that I had to keep covered up made it one of the hardest trips I've ever been on. These things matter.

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      Diana Grant 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I never go anywhere these days, but I used to travel a lot

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      I have voted yes on the poll. Thanks for the tips. I love travelling and have written travel tips as well.

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