50+ Travel Tips and Tricks
The little touches that make travel more fun, less hassle, and more rewarding.
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Safety and Security
- Use your business address (or business card) in your luggage tags to avoid revealing your home address and phone number.
- Tape a card with your name and address inside every piece of luggage in case the bag is lost and the outside tags get lost.
- Make two photocopies of every important document you'll be carrying -- tickets, driver's license, proof of auto insurance, passport, vaccination certificates, and so on. Carry one copy with you (not with the originals) and give one copy to a friend at home. These copies may be lifesavers if you lose the originals.
- Carry a list of toll-free phone numbers for all of your credit and bank cards in case you have to cancel them (if they're lost or stolen) or if you need to find an ATM to use them at.
- Remove old airline destination tags; they're the main reason bags get lost.
- As soon as you get to your hotel room, look for a map of fire escape routes. Be sure to check that the routes are marked correctly and are accessible.
- During hot weather, never leave an animal or a child in a parked car -- even with the windows open.
- If you can find someone to reliably pick up your mail and newspapers while you are traveling, there is less chance that strangers will know no one is home. Another option is to have delivery temporarily stopped; the Post Office can hold mail, and the price of undelivered newspapers is often credited toward future deliveries.
- When driving in unfamiliar locales, always park in well-lighted areas.
- Never open your hotel door to a stranger without first calling the front desk to see whether hotel management has sent someone to your room.
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