The Do’s and Don’t’s of Traveling – Part 2
If you are renting a car for your trip and have kids, bring car seats! Bring your own car seats if you want to ensure the safest option for your children.
Before getting into the car with your dogs, take a few minutes to thoroughly brush their coats. An animal shedding in your car will cover your seats with hair and can also impact your car’s heating and cooling system. Don’t forget to pack the essentials needed to properly care for your dog while you are away.
It is important to remember that many people stay in hotels. When you are at the hotel, do not slam doors, nor be so loud that you disturb others. It is necessary to always be courteous, because someone could be napping at noon or sleeping off jet lag. You don’t have to whisper and tiptoe, but it’s always welcome if you keep the volume down.
Check into local laws and customs before you head to any destination so you don’t get caught confused. Actions that may be considered acceptable in your home town may turn out to be unacceptable or even illegal somewhere else. Whenever you travel, it is always important to treat authority figures with respect, and follow the rules.
When traveling to other countries, you need to check and make sure you have the proper paperwork and visas to travel in and through them. You should be aware that there are several kinds of visas, and not all of them authorize entry into a country. To figure out which visa you need, consult your travel agent or even the country’s embassy website.
When driving for long periods, rotate drivers. If you drive too much, the other driver will be forced to stay awake alone while you sleep. You should switch drivers to avoid getting exhausted. Take turns driving, swapping the task every couple of hours or so. With this method you will avoid the tiredness and lack of attention that comes with long hours on the road.
If at all possible, book a specific seat when you purchase your plane ticket to ensure that you are comfortable during flight. Often you will be able to choose your exact seat, but occasionally that option is not available. After you have booked your flight, be sure to visit your airline’s booking site and see if this option is available. It can be a huge advantage to choose the seating that best serves your needs, rather than succumbing to the random assignment of an agent or a computer.
Are you going on a cruise? Do you get seasick? Don’t wait until your ship departs to find out that you can’t handle being on a boat. Waiting until you’re already on the cruise can be terrible. You will be, more than likely, sick in bed for the duration of your vacation. If you discover this is an issue prior to your trip, you can pay the local price for the medication and bring it with you.
As much as it would be fun to just get on a plane and go, traveling is much more complicated than that. The vacation experience extends from the early planning stages until you get back home. With the help of these tips, planning will be a breeze!