Travel Tips

Get Ready For That Summer Vacation

Now that things are opening up again, it’s time to start planning a vacation. We all deserve a little getaway. And what better place than the Texas Coast? Whether you’re flying in from a different state or taking a road trip, here are some tips and tricks to make things a little easier.

First Things First!

You gotta pack. Start off with a list so you don’t leave anything behind. And while you’re packing, check the weather. See if you need that umbrella and jacket.

Roll up your clothes to save space in your suitcase. And pack your socks inside your shoes to save space and to keep your shoes from getting misshapen.

Packing cubes. These can help keep your clothes and essentials organized in your suitcase.

Place cotton rounds in your blushes and eyeshadow palettes to keep them from breaking. Use straws to keep your necklaces and bracelets from getting tangled.

Buy refillable bottles. Having refillable toiletry bottles is easier and more cost-effective than continually buying travel-sized products.

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No Matter How You’re Traveling

Your means of transportation doesn’t matter for these next tips.

Always take pictures of your documents. Have pictures of your IDs, plane tickets, hotel reservations, any travel documents. It’s always handy to have them just in case.

Check your credit card’s travel insurance. A lot of credit card companies offer free travel insurance if you use their card for travel expenses.

See if your hotel has an app. Some hotels let you check in through their app or give away some perks.

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If You’re Flying

When first searching for flights, use a private browser so the travel sites don’t save your data. Most travel sites track how often you visit their site and it can reflect in the price they give you.

Pack an empty water bottle. This is a cheaper alternative to buying an overpriced water bottle after you pass through security. And don’t forget to pack snacks. A lot of people forget they’re allowed to bring food through security.

Dress in comfy layers. It helps keep your luggage a little lighter if you’re wearing a sweatshirt and tennis shoes on the place. And you never know how hot or cold the plan will be. Plus if you get hot, you can use your sweatshirt as a pillow.

Pack lotion and facial moisturizer in your carry-on. Flying can really dehydrate your skin.

Take a picture of where you parked. If you parked at the airport. This could save some headaches once you get back.

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If You’re Roadtripping

Make sure your car is good to go! Get an oil change, rotate the tires, get a tune-up.

Prepare for an emergency. Pack an emergency bag with a flashlight, road flares, and cones just in case. And it doesn’t hurt to know how to change a tire before you head out. 

Have your entertainment ready. Download plenty of audiobooks, podcasts, and music playlists to keep you engaged during the trip. 

Plan out your rest stops. It can make things a little easier. Take a few minutes during your rest stop to stretch. If time allows, see if there are any cool must-see stops along your way!

Carry backup directions. Have these just in case your phone loses service; so you won’t get totally lost. You can also download your route on Google Maps to be used offline.

Tell your friends and family about your plans. Let them know of your travel and route plans just to be on the safe side.

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