Travel Preparation Tips

February 24, 2010

Travel Preparation Tips, How to Pack for TravelWe are fortunate to be able to travel for an overnight stay at least once per month due to my husband's membership in a golf club. I purchased a plastic storage box with lid (plastic shoe boxes are great) and filled it with the things we like to travel with: our preferred shampoos, conditioners, shower gel, lotions as well as disposable razors, toothbrushes (in plastic brush holders), toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorants, sunscreen, makeup remover, scissors, nail care tools, a corkscrew, wet wipes, hand held mirror, etc. I initially purchased small bottles of the hair care and mouthwash and refill as needed.


The plastic box fits easily into an overnight bag. Should anything break or leak, the plastic bin keeps the spills inside the box! This is a bag that is always checked when we fly (scissors and possible fluid restrictions). Biggest tip here: Once back from a trip, "reload" the bag immediately as you never know when you will need to use it! We arrived home on a Saturday from an out of town wedding and Sunday evening we were on the road for an out of town family emergency. Enjoy the ease!

By Tahloolabelle from Ventura, CA


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May 15, 2006

I purchase an Entertainment book for the area where I'm planning to vacation during the summer. These books usually go on sale for about $10 by that time of year, and they offer savings on two-for-one meals, entertainment, etc.


February 13, 2007

When traveling out of the U.S., always bring a small rubber bathmat as a lot of the hotels do not offer bathmats nor do they all have the rubber grids in shower or tubs to prevent you from falling.


August 14, 2006

When you are on vacation, your home is most susceptible to burglary. One trick to create the illusion that you are home is to put a few lights on a timer.


Individual timers can be found at the hardware store.


January 17, 2012

When traveling, I use a bottle carrier fabric bag I bought at Target in the $1 section. I use it to carry my hair products, creams, deodorant, sunscreens, etc. Everything is tidy and organized together for myself and the kids.


June 29, 2006

This isn't really a very frugal tip, just a very convenient one. I don't have a bladder control problem but when I travel, I use Depends (or generic brand).



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June 2, 2005

Tips for preparing for a trip. Post your ideas.


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June 2, 20050 found this helpful

Call State tourist offices and convention bureaus for travel and coupon information before traveling

By T. Preston

By Trish (Guest Post)
June 2, 20050 found this helpful

Pack "everything" in clear plastic bags!
The airport people appreciate it, & its much easier to find things!

By Allison (Guest Post)
June 3, 20050 found this helpful

Well, I don't know if this is "preparation," as you have to do it when you get to your destination, but my advice is to always visit the Tourist Information Center or Welcome Center in the town you are visiting FIRST, before going to any attractions. We learned this in Huntsville, AL, when we went to the Welcome Center the day after we went to the Space and Rocket Center-- they had coupons we could have used to save several dollars on admission.

June 2, 20190 found this helpful

Indeed, those gallon and 2 gallon size plastic bags are great to pack clothing. TSA people have said to me that they do not like touching women's personal items and the clear bags are a perfect option. I pack t-shirts, slacks, shorts, sleepwear, underwear, swim suits & beach coats in the bags too. If your suitcase gets wet while waiting on the luggage cart on the tarmac or while going up the conveyor belt into the airplane, you will discover how wonder those plastic bags can be....your clothing is not wet!!!


If there is a malfunction with your suitcase and a spill out of contents occurs, then the suitcase contents are in plastic zip bags and easily retrieved. Always remember to carry one full set of clothing, underwear, sleepwear, swimwear-sandals, etc. in your carry on bag just in case you get separated from your checked through suitcase.

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March 21, 2019

An important first step when preparing for a trip is to make an all inclusive list of things to take along with you. This list can save you time and money. This page contains ideas and tips for making lists for traveling.

Making a list while planning a trip.

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