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2 Things 2 Check Before You Leave The US on Vacation

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If you are traveling out of the country there are TWO things you need to check on and take care of BEFORE you leave!!! THESE are two BIG issues!! And they are:

1- Your phone plan. Make sure you talk to your phone carrier before you leave and find out if you need to get a seperate international plan. Its important because of data charges, phone calls and text could cost you soooo much when you leave the country. So set that up!

2- Electrical Outlets. SO you get to France and your phone plan is in place but you can’t PLUG IN your phone to charge it! LOL  Certain countries have different voltage and plugs. You can buy adapters to take with you!!

Kanex - Travel Bud International Power Adapter - Black - Larger Front

These are from Best Buy. Click here for more details.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Super Tip Thursday: Tips About Travel Documents

For myself and many others its travel season! Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are coming up! I fly to see my kids and grankids. Sometimes its for work. Either way you need to keep it organized to make your travel run smoother.

A tip that I have for you guys it to either get a binder or a sturdy folder first!

The size of binder depends on how much travel and how many people you are travelling with. 1″ or 2″ binders are usually fine.Some binders come with dividers/inserts, if not then you can buy that. . As for the folder, it need to be a strong paper folder or a folder with a pouch in it. Your preference. You want a place to put all stuff/papers related to travel in one place!

Then group everything by trip, then by date!! 

Have all of your paperwork go in chronological order! From Monday to Sunday or the 1st to the 10th. So plane tickets , then car rentals,  then hotel reservations, then….etc. Best way I have found to do it!!

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2016 in Organizing

 

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Travel Planners!!

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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Organizing

 

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Super Organizer Thursday- A Little Video From ME!

 

 

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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Me

 

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Quick Tip Saturday- My Carry On Luggage Essentials

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I just completed ONE week of travel. I have two more weeks to go. It took a lot of planning and organization for me to put this trip together.All together I am travelling to nine cities in total. I am travelling by trains, planes and automobiles, literally. For this trip I have several pieces of luggage. SO I am going to give you some insight to what I feel is ESSENTIAL to have in my carry on bags that stay with me the whole trip:

Boarding pass

Passport

Copy of complete flight itinerary

Copy of any transportation or accommodation plans I have made for arrival (Have addresses handy)

 

Hand lotion or creme. (the recycled air in planes and trains can dry you out.)

Chapstick

Deodorant

Contact solution (if you wear them)

Extra reading glasses (if you wear them)

Toothbrush and mini-toothpaste

Bath wipes to help you freshen up

Face wipes or mini bottle of face wash and wash cloth

A couple of plastic bags (if something gets wet or smelly)

Medication or supplements

Phone and car keys

 

Jewelry

Extra pair of underwear.

An extra shirt.

Laptop

iPad

iPod (or your music player of choice)

Kindle, Nook or actual Books

Music, movies

 

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2014 in Organizing

 

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8 Things To Remember While Packing For Travel

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 Sometimes the HARDEST part of traveling is packing for the trip! Here are 8 things to think about while you are about to pack that bag:
 1. Know The Weather. Know what weather to expect and what your activities might be, then pack the right clothes for the climate and your events. Ignore the urge to add in “but what if…” items.
2. Pack less. Pack only enough underwear  for each day you are travelling with maybe one extra.  Expect to wear each outer clothing item more than once. Choose versatile pieces that can be worn in different combinations.Like for men,  2 pairs of jeans (easy to match with most tops) and a pair of black or tan dress pants (which are also very versatile).
3. Pack easy-care clothes that you love. To ensure that you will look and feel great on your trip, choose clothes from your closet that still appear fresh at the end of a long day. Wrinkle free items are best.
4. Pack Fewer shoes. Three pairs of shoes are the maximum for most trips: one to wear while travelling and two to pack. Make sure you have at least ONE pair of comfortable shoes (esp. for the travel portions).
5. Choose the right bag for the trip. Structured bags with wheels protect the contents and offer independence in airports, while unstructured bags without wheels are generally easier to squish into small places, as in the trunk of a car.
Know the current airline luggage rules. To avoid additional fees and confusion at the airport, understand how many pieces of luggage may. be checked, plus the maximum dimensions and allowable weight for each bag. Most airlines charge money after 50 lbs. It can range from $25 to $100.  Check your airline website for the latest information.
7. Pack smart. Use smart packing tricks to fit items into your luggage in the most space-efficient way, and to provide easy visibility during security checks. For example, group small items in see-through containers or in self-sealing Ziploc plastic bags.Roll clothes instead of folding them. That can make more room.
8.Travel light. Wheels are helpful on smooth terrain, but you must still be able to carry your bag on rough streets and up and down stairs. Two smaller bags are easier to manage than one larger bag, although changing airline checked baggage rules might make this cost more. Lighten up cosmetics and toiletries; these often make up half of the bag weight. Travel and sample-sized items are a good trick, as is transferring the amount needed into a small container. Dual duty products such as moisturizer plus sunscreen eliminate one entire bottle.
 
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Organizing

 

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4 Travel Apps That I Like

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I travel a lot. I travel for work, for play and for family. I like to be organized AND prepared before I go on the road. Also I like to have info at my fingertips for anything that might arise. I am going to share with you 4 Travel mobile apps that I like to use and work well for me.

TravelSafe Pro

A great (and possibly)  life-saving database of emergency service numbers for just about every country you’d ever care to visit, plus plenty for those that you wouldn’t. There’s also embassy details should passports go missing. Available on Android.

TripAdvisor

Stripping away the glossy magnificence ladled on by just about every online travel agency out there, this is the place to find brutally honest reviews of hotels, restaurants, attractions and more. The user-base is notoriously hard to please, so be warned that you’ll most likely find exclamation mark strewn rants next to your favourite spots. Still, on the flip side, touch down in a strange city with nowhere to stay and you’ll only ever be a few prods away from the warts-and-all opinions of travellers just like you. Available on iPhone (free), iPad (free), Android (free) and Windows Phone (free)

Kayak

This popular travel website  was introduced to me by a friend about 9 years ago and it was the online version. Kayak also offers an app which allows you to book flights and hotels easily. The app compares hundreds of travel sites in order to find you the best rates. Available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone 7, and Kindle devices, free.

Hotel Tonight

Hotel Tonight allows users to make same-day reservations as early as 9:00 am, and links up to properties all over the world. Studies have shown that more and more hotel bookings are taking place via apps, and that of those, the vast majority are at the last-minute.  So far, you can book hotels in 12 countries and 150 destinations, and they are continuing to increase this. Available on Android and iPhone, free.

 

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