For the past two years I’ve lived and worked in over a dozen countries, spending most of the year as a digital nomad living out of a backpack. It’s awesome. I talk to a lot of people back home that have never traveled, and have lots of questions about the basics. I compiled these into 10 tips to make that first international adventure go as smoothly as possible.
1. When you pack a suitcase, wrap your shoes in a shower cap.
This will prevent the soles from touching your clean clothes.
2. Call your credit or debit card company before traveling internationally so that you’re authorized for vacation purchases.
The last thing you want is to be reported for suspicious activity and not have access to your money.
3. Store your loose cables/chargers in an old sunglasses case to keep everything in one place.
This is important for charging your phone.
4. Bring an empty water bottle to the airport and refill it after you pass security.
That way you can drink H2O without having to spend $4.
5. Enable private browsing when searching or booking flights online.
Travel sites often track visits and will increase your price based on search history. You can also clear your cache.
6. When packing your suitcase, roll your clothes to save space and avoid wrinkles.
This is how many flight attendants pack.
7. Put your bobby pins in a Tic Tac container to keep from losing them.
You can also do this with toothpicks if need be.
8. If you forget the wall plug-in for your phone charger, check the back of your hotel TV. There’s usually a USB port.
You can use this usb for yout phone charger.
9. And if you forgot your charger, ask your hotel if they have one you can borrow for the duration of your stay.
People forget them all the time so they’re bound to have some lying around in lost and found.