Calling all Spring Breakers (is that even a thing?) I am so excited for the warmer weather! As a child my favorite season was Summer. As an adult, I can hands down say Spring is my favorite season. With Spring just around the corner – it is time to get ready for your Spring Break vaca! We have all read the usual tips to make traveling easier but, today I thought we would touch on a few different ones I hadn’t seen before. So, I scoured the internet and here is what I have come up with.
1. Always Bring a Sarong: Sarongs can be used as a wrap when you are cold, a towel, a curtain, or a piece of clothing that can be worn dozens of different ways. By using your safety pins (in your Pikle Starter Pak) the uses for the sarong can be endless.
2. Bring Lotion in Your Carry-on: Fill both sides of a contact lens case with hydrating lotion because they rarely have it in the lavatories and, airplane cabins are exceptionally dry. This can be purchased as part of our Eye See You Pak which includes an eye glass repair kit. (It’s perfect if you pop a screw out of your shades and need to fix them while lounging at the pool, beach etc…
3. Separate Your Personal Items: Mix your personal items into each checked bag (assuming you have more than one). That way if one of our bags gets lost, you still have some clothing and personal items. I think this a genius – especially since I have temporarily lost a luggage piece during my travels. (Talk about In A Pikle Moments!)
4. Travel First Aid Kit: Pack up a small first aid kit with aspirin, allergy meds, cold meds, Tums, cough drops, bandages, activated charcoal pills (these are a life-saver for traveler’s diarrhea and minor allergic reactions), antibiotics and other things that we may not always have easy access to when traveling. In A Pikle has the perfect First Aid Kit, companion! Add a couple of our clear pill boxes and you are set to jet.
5. Bring ear-plugs and a sleep mask: Let’s just be real…Traveling is loud and most often times, it isn’t conducive for good sleep, whether it’s snorers in rooms, early risers rustling plastic bags, or street noise, construction happening, it’s always a good idea to pack some ear-plugs and a sleep mask just in case you are “In A Pikle!”
6. The smaller the menu, the better the restaurant: That’s why street food is so delicious! While you’re travelling, look for places that only do a handful of dishes rather than offering 500 options. There’s a better chance of stumbling upon an amazing dish when someone only makes that one single thing all day everyday! Some of my favorite reliable sources have been found on Trip Advisor or this. But…the best hidden gems are always found by asking a local. Most often times, they LOVE to share what is special about their town – – and a simple walk into a service station or grocery store to ask the question: “Where’s a good place to eat around here” will get you to the best experiences offered within that area.
7. Use a VPN: You’ll be connecting to a whole range of unsecured Wi-Fi networks on your trip, so you need to use a VPN to protect yourself from hackers, malware, and all that good stuff. It’ll also allow you to change your location so you can watch your favorite TV shows online! There are many resources online to give you details on this. Here is one of our favorite places to explain the importance of using a VPN and how to do it!
8. Wear your normal clothes: You know those ugly travel-specific clothes? They’re shapeless and made of quick-drying, breathable material, and covered in zips and pockets. Well, they’re great for travel, but you’ll also hate them. You’ll hate every photo of you wearing them. You’ll stand out immediately as a tourist in any place you visit. Instead, just bring the same clothes you’d wear back home. You’ll feel comfortable, you won’t stand out, and you’ll actually like the way you look.
9. A power strip will make charging easy: Strangely, it is still very common to enter a hotel, motel, or otherwise to only find a few power sockets that must be shared between eight laptop-toting backpackers. Bringing a power strip to ensure you can charge what you need to, while allowing everyone else to charge their tech, too. One we have found to be compact with a kick is: This little gem fits perfectly into our “In A Pikle” Bundle’s, making it the perfect place to organize those cords and chargers? The large clear pouches let you see what’s in them very easily – – – – and MOST IMPORTANTLY, it lets you see if something is missing. (A.K.A. – Raise your hand if you’ve accidentally left a charger at a hotel?)
10. Always get behind business travelers when in security lines: They move fast since they are usually in a rush and travel light. They know the drill. Line up behind them as much as possible. You’ll speed through the line! (And, just a suggestion…plan to wear comfortable shoes that can be easily removed and put back on. There can be a lot of pressure as you are standing in line at the airport security lane and people are usually in a hurry. This tip will save you the headache of being “that person” who is holding up the line because their shoes are too complicated to get off quickly.)
I hope these must haves help you make your Spring Break one for the record books. Remember, “In A Pikle” moments are a part of our life! Our products and suggestions are created to help you DILL WITH IT!