Our trip to Hawaii was a whirlwind. If any of you are following me on Instagram, you know that we first stopped in Portland for just a day so that I could say hello to Lindsey’s brand new baby girl. Then we hopped on over to O’ahu for four days with my family, and then over to the Big Island for a day in Waikoloa. I’m exhausted just thinking about it!
Travel, with its many varying components, can quickly become complicated. Since I’ve done a lot of moving about over the past decade, I’ve discovered a few techniques to simplify travel and I thought I’d share them with you.
Mail your clothes. Raise your hand if you always end up trying to do all your laundry the day before a big trip? Yeah, that’s me, too. I’m also the person whose luggage gets lost by the airlines all the time. Whenever I can, I ship my clothes out at least a week in advance of my departure so that I don’t have to worry about finding myself in either of those sticky situations. On top of that, I love the freedom of breezing through the airport without stopping at baggage claim.
Dress in layers. It seems to be that airplanes are either too hot or too cold, so I’ve finally developed a pretty good outfit for combatting either of those situations. Leggings, a tank top or sleeveless dress/tunic, a cardigan, and ballet flats. The flats also make it easy to go through security. Oh, and always pack a pashmina — airlines never seem to have blankets anymore, and even if they do, who knows how clean they are?
When possible, opt for rentals over hotels. For one thing, vacation rentals usually have a kitchen or kitchenette of some kind, so you can prepare some of your meals rather than eating out every single time. I’m also so much more interested in what locals do than going on sightseeing missions, so I try to look for rentals outside of the big tourist traps.
Pack a bag within your bag. I never have enough room in my small, under-the-seat carry on for everything I need during a flight. This might be because I’m kind of a high maintenance flyer — at any given moment, I may pull out socks, snacks, bulky noise canceling headphones, a book, a magazine, moisturizer…the list goes on. But I can’t to be one of those people who stand in the aisle to dig through their bigger carry on before hefting them into the overhead bin. I put whatever I may need in a handy, collapsible Envirosax bag at the very top of my big carry on, so I just have to pull out one thing before finding my seat.
Bring a thermos. When you’re trying to handle two carry ons and your tickets, things can quickly get messy with the addition of a drink. A few years ago, a friend gave me this vacuum tumbler from Tiger and I take it everywhere. It’s spill proof, and it keeps things at their original temperature for far longer than you could imagine. For early morning flights, I often ask the Starbucks baristas to mix their oatmeal in this thermos, which gives me something nice and hot to eat on the plane (just don’t forget to pack a long spoon!).
What tips can you share for the busy holiday travel season?