Always carry wet naps in your bags, and tissue paper. A long cord is
useful for a clothesline if you need to wash something and hang it
overnight to dry.
Determine from the airline
or your travel agent the aircraft type for each leg of your trip. That
way you'll know what carryon items will fit in the cabin.
Check with the local tourist office for accommodations gradings. They
are usually reliable, as local operators are quick to scream if there
When packing your important documents - eg., passport, birth
certificate, etc., pack them in a zip-lock bag. It keeps them clean and
Bags within bags are a
worthwhile trick. Use big duffels, but also pack smaller empty duffels
inside for use as boat bags for clothing and other necessities.
When you are packing things into a backpack, place the lighter items at
the bottom and the heavier ones on top. Your bag will feel lighter this
way. Also, remember to place the important things on top.
When you shop, split your spending money up and put it in several
different packets. Always put some in a pocket that is inside a jacket
or next to your skin. This way, if you are pick-pocketed, you will
always have money.
Luggage tags should not have your home address on them. Instead fill in with your business address.
Do not stop on the street to consult a map or ask for directions. This
immediately identifies you as a tourist. Step into a busy business to
look at maps or check directions.
When buying airline tickets online, call the airline to get seat
assignment immediately if no seat assignment is given. If you arrive at
the ticket counter without seat assignment on an overbooked flight, you
probably will get bumped off the flight and forced to take a later
flight - which can be several hours or even a full day later. Due to
overbooking, getting seat assignment in advance can reduce the risk of
If you get motion sick
easily, you may be more comfortable if you take some sort of motion
sickness drug before you fly. Note that you must take the drugs before
you get sick.
When traveling to many third world countries, before paying for a room,
make sure to look at the room first. Along the same lines, take a quick
tour of the hotel before deciding to stay. Even though some of the
hotels may be nice on the outside, what is on the inside is not always
up to your standards.