Tips & Tricks

Below are several tips that will make your packing easier and your vacation more enjoyable.

  1. Use Google Maps to download an area you'll be traveling to. You can use it while offline so you don't use data for directions.
  2. Keep two copies of your passport when traveling out of the US. Leave one with family in the US and the other with your luggage.
  3. Use Google Translator to take a picture of a menu or sign that is  written in another language and it will translate it.
  4. Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  When travelling internationally, you can register your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  In case of a crisis, they will be able to reach out to you and provide aid.  Click here to register.
  5. Pack Clorox wipes and use them to disinfect door knobs, light switches, remotes, and other surfaces in your hotel room.
  6. Use binder clips to protect the blades of your razors.
  7. Use pool arm floaties or folded bath towels to protect your wine bottles in your luggage.
  8. Use an old shower cap to cover the bottom of your shoes to prevent dirt from getting on your clothes.
  9. Place plastic wrap between the cap and bottle of liquid toiletries to help prevent leaking.
  10. Place a rolled belt inside of a shirt collar to keep the collar's shape.
  11. Use a straw to keep your necklace from tangling. Unclasp the hook, thread one end through the straw, and close.
  12. Keep your earring pairs together by using a button.
  13. Make your luggage more identifiable by tying a uniquely printed scarf to your suitcase.
  14. Old eyeglass cases can be used to store chargers and ear buds.