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What my 13+ years of travel taught me

In my 13+ something years of frequent traveling on business and leisure, I have realized the number of copious and crazy mistakes I have made. Well, I still make a few even now because I believe no matter how much you grow as a traveller there will always be something new to learn or a better way to do the same thing. The key is never to stop learning, and I constantly strive to do that.

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In my traveling journey through the years, I can proudly say that I have learnt some tricks. Here is a list of my ‘Archie Special’ favorite tips that you may find handy!

Packing

  1. Strollers

Bags with wheels are the best and easiest to take around. There are many who seem to think that backpacks are better and more agile, but it does become cumbersome and how much can one keep carrying on her back?

Regardless of size, never carry more than two bags. In fact try to pack everything in one bag and carry a small empty bag inside the first one, just in case you may need some extra space later. Try and get the carry-on bags with round wheels so they are easy to maneuver. These carry-ons also roll while upright. When you have to walk long distances at the airports, believe me, it can be a big boon!

  1. Travel-size First Aid kit:

This comes in so handy, you can’t even imagine it. Ensure that all the common medicines for various aches and pains, decongestants, bandages and antibacterial cream are packed in it. It may be difficult to get a hold of medicines in many countries as many are prescribed. Very few medicines are available over the counter.

  1. Reusable water bottle

Not only is bottled water very expensive at some places, but there is no guarantee of getting clean drinking water too. Keeping a bottle always helps.

  1. Formal dressy clothes

I am used to packing party wear and I think apart from a couple of occasions I never got the opportunity to wear it. Just pack one dressy outfit and that will suffice. If need be, you can always recycle it with some accessory.

  1. Not worn? Don’t pack!

As a rule, don’t ever pack something that you haven’t worn before. You never know how the new stuff may fit whether they are shoes or clothes. Why take chances that may make your journey unpleasant and uncomfortable? If you are not comfortable in an outfit, don’t pack it!

  1. Pack now!

The moment you think you may need something, pack it right away. You will surely forget it if you wait. I surely do!

Also read: Tips on how to travel light

  1. Underwear

Pack one set of underwear more than you think you would need. They don’t take too much space anyways. If you are packing for a really long trip that would involve the outdoors, try disposables. That way you don’t have to worry about carrying too many or washing them somewhere.  Another option is to have the light ones which dry faster.  Btw, always carry atleast one pair in your carry-on.

Disposable men’s brief

Disposable panties

  1. Sneakers

They are a boon for travelers and never go without one. The trip may not be as much about the looks as about comfort. Decide what you want to go with.

On a separate note, pack your socks inside shoes to save space and also the shape of the shoes.

  1. Dryer sheets

They remove static from your hair and clothing and make your suitcase smell wonderful without taking up any room.

  1. Folding clothes

Rolling clothes is a much better option than folding them. It takes less space and if the clothes don’t wrinkle, its all the more better. If you must fold clothes, use tissue paper as it helps lessen wrinkles.

If clothes need to be ironed it’s better not to pack them.  Always best to pack freshly laundered clothes.  Here is a video on how to pack efficiently by rolling the individual clothes.

  1. Toilet paper

In a lot of countries toilet paper is not necessarily a given and its always better to be safe than sorry. The little packets of tissues are very handy and I always ensure that there are a couple of packets in my handbag all the time.  Coleman’s Camper Toilet paper roll is a great option.  It is tightly packed and in that little roll you have lots of paper to last you a week.

Food

  1. Snacks

Please pack some, especially if you are fussy about food, or if you are a vegetarian. In some countries eggs and fish are considered vegetarian so you may land up eating stuff you shouldn’t. Always better to be safe.

Increasingly I am becoming a fan of drinkable super meals during strenuous travel, my favorite being Ambronite. Ambronite consists of high grade 18 natural ingredients such as organic nuts, oats and wild berries which ensures daily intake of essential nutrients especially while traveling.

Ambronite

Ambronite – The drinkable super meal.

Critical Essentials

  1. Chargers

Instead of putting off packing chargers, do it NOW, while it is still on your mind. Cell phone chargers and camera chargers are the most crucial items. I think chargers of toiletries like shavers, electronic toothbrushes etc., are a waste of space because you would be better off using disposable ones.

In case you forget any toiletry ask the hotel first before rushing to buy it. Hotels usually keep a stock of toothbrushes, combs, sewing kits, shower caps, and disposable razors and don’t charge anything extra for these items. Most of the good hotels have some of these basic toiletries as part of their in-room amenities.

  1. Passport Copies
Also read:   15 Best Travel Tips for Efficient Business Travel

Carry photocopies of your passport and leave a couple with friends or family. Also, scan a copy and store it in your email for easy retrieval when required.

  1. Cash/ Money/ Credit card

It is essential to carry some local money in cash as a lot of places don’t accept credit cards, especially the smaller ones.

If you are a great lover of plastic, please call your credit card company before you leave so that they can put a travel alert on your card.

  1. Valuables

If you can’t afford to lose it, don’t pack it. This will save you regrets later.

  1. Emergency contact numbers

Keep some numbers handy:

  • Credit card company’s international customer service number
  • The embassy’s local number
  • The local contact number of your cell phone company and if they don’t have a local number keep their customer service number handy

Aircraft

  1. Lavatory in the aircraft

During my early travel days I did not hesitate to use the toilet in the aircraft without wearing my shoes. I used to wear socks on the plane all the time and out of laziness avoided wearing shoes. As a rule NEVER do that! The reasons are obvious, aren’t they?

  1. Books & In-flight entertainment

If you are an avid reader carrying a book is always great. A kindle is preferable though because atleast then you have the option to select. Most long haul aircrafts have a decent entertainment system, so that will keep you busy in case you don’t like to read on a plane.

  1. Essentials in carry-on/ handbag

Very important to keep a pair of underwear, a spare tee, prescribed medicines, toothbrush, a small moisturiser bottle and a pack of tissues in your carry-on. You never know where and when you may get stuck and having essentials with you means you never go wrong.

Hotels

  1. Wi-fi

Ironically, luxury hotels charge for wi-fi usage, while most budget hotels that I have stayed at offer free wi-fi. Check on it before you choose your hotel depending upon how important wi-fi connectivity is for you.

  1. Tips

While it is not mandatory to tip hotel staff, it is good to do it. They are very helpful in most cases and tipping them will ensure that your requirements are taken care of, even if it means asking for extra bottles of water or shampoo etc., 2 to 4 dollars is a good tip, depending upon how much you would like to spend daily.

Outdoors

  1. Cap and sunscreen

Use a sunscreen whenever you are outside irrespective of the weather. Doctors recommend wearing it when you are inside your house as well, hence in the outdoors it is a must.

Carry a cap or a hat depending upon what you are comfortable with for the outdoors.

  1. Valuables

Never leave valuables in the car or the vehicle that you are traveling in. If you must, leave them in the hotel safe because it is surely not worth the risk.

Memories

  1. Souvenirs/ Mementos

I am a huge fan of buying souvenirs for myself as well as for gifting to family and friends. But many times, I tend to postpone it thinking I may get a better choice elsewhere and always end up regretting it. Make sure you buy something you like else you may not get the chance later. Besides, souvenirs are perfect collectibles to keep memories of your travel intact.

  1. Notes

Taking notes is something I rarely did previously, but now I do. I write down everything that is important to remember, on my cell phone (since I don’t carry a small notepad; especially because I tend to mention people, places and things in my travelogues. Much that we think we will remember later, the truth is that most of it will be forgotten.

Another easy way is to click a picture of a board or a place to remember the name. This has served me well over the past few years.  One way to store all your information on your cell could be to use Evernote.  Evernote provides a very efficient way to record notes, audio, video and images in one place.  You can also create a list.

Courtesy: Evernote Blog

Courtesy: Evernote Blog

  1. Photography

Just like souvenirs make sure you click pictures when you think it is a picture shot. Don’t miss out on it. However, in the urge to be behind the lens at all times don’t miss out on experiencing the real beauty of that place. Do read: To click or not to click for my detailed thoughts on this topic.

A few others for the road!

  1. Hospitality

Please buy a present if you are staying with a friend or family, or even someone else. If you have forgotten the gift, buy something from that place or atleast remember to send them something later. This is the least someone can do for honoring hospitality.

  1. Local language

If you can make time learn simple words like thank you, please, how are you etc., if you do not speak the local language of the country you are traveling to.  Rosetta Stone courses for learning languages are the most efficient and cost effective way to quickly learn a foreign language.

  1. Be safe

By all means never take any risk. Carry cross-body bags preferably instead of lugging your purse on just one shoulder. Men should avoid putting their wallets in their back pockets and ensure large currency notes are not seen in the front pocket. Carry your passport locally only if you need to show it somewhere, else it is best kept in the safe of the hotel.

Happy and safe traveling!

Love, Archie

One who is born with wings has many stories to tell. I was a born wayfaring story-teller! But then, how does a chirpy story-teller who also has wings on her back and wheels on her feet find a colossal audience to recount those sometimes awe-inspiring, sometimes eccentric encounters. I realised there was no other way I could narrate my tales to the world unless i started penning them down in black and white. That's how TravelwithArchie was born. I love calling myself a vagabond! One who dreams about places and then travels there to see how they look in the real world. Come, borrow my wings for a while and see the world with my lens!

  • Indeed a great list for travelers! Points to remember. Thanks 🙂

    • Welcome to Travel with Archie, Iriz! Thank you so much for the appreciation. I am happy this was of use to you. Cheers 🙂

  • Very useful tips for travelling… I prefer travelling light. Will keep in mind not to take something that I have never worn. I always end up doing that. Thanks for sharing them.

    • Hello Rajlakshmi – welcome to Travel with Archie.
      I used to do the same and more often regretted it. Happy you liked the post. Do keep visiting often… Cheers 🙂

  • I am bowled over by your repertoire of travel knowledge and the accessories mentioned here…this is another ace up your sleeve Archies! Loved the caricature at the header!!

    • Hey Sunita – thank you so much dearie… and welcome to Travel with Archie 🙂
      P.S. I love the caricature too… we took a few months to finalize it 🙂

  • Very informative post, especially the video on packing clothes. Will definitely keep these points in mind when I travel next.

    • Welcome to Travel with Archie, Shaivi.
      Happy you found the post of value… Thank you 🙂 Cheers!

  • Guess I am a little late to join the party but its better late than never. Loved the tips, Archana! and the overall website is just superb!

    • Hi Puspanjalee – welcome to Travel with Archie! It’s never too late my dear… thanks a tonne for the appreciation 🙂

  • Omg! This is awesome Archie.. How much I regret that I missed all this awesomeness that you were upto. This is a great and very useful list of things that one should definitely carry and I’d definitely keep a check on everything that you’ve mentioned, whenever I travel next time.
    PS: you’re doing a great job! 🙂

    • Hey Desshani – welcome to Travel with Archie! Glad you liked all the awesomeness… better late than never 😉
      Thanks my dear and hope to see you her often now… 🙂

  • Great tips! I also roll my cloths instead of folding and make a list of what to pack and then put things in packing bag matching the list … and I start packing a bit early… 7-10 early 😛 😀

    • Welcome to Travel with Archie. Moon!
      Am too lazy to start so early :-p it’s always a hell lot of last minute work… but then I manage well still…
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Great list. I always tend to forget charger and my sunscreen. Gonna use this list for thr future

    • Welcome to Travel with Archie, Anwesha… 🙂
      Glad you found the post useful… thank you dear 🙂

  • Useful travel tips all of them.

    • Welcome to Travel with Archie 🙂
      Happy you found the tips useful… thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • There are some great tips in here, the best one being “If you can’t afford to lose it, leave it at home.” I also thing bring a set of nice clothes is brilliant. We never do that but always should 🙂

    • Hey Rob, welcome to Travel with Archie! That’s one tip which I have learnt the hard way… have managed to lose some very important stuff despite being so careful… :'(
      Thanks a tonne for the appreciation 🙂

  • great tips! i’ve done a few of the bad ones, too, for instance go to the bathroom in my sock feet on the airplane. yuck! 😉

    • Hi Melody – welcome to Travel with Archie! hahaha…. me too… I kept doing it until I realized how pathetic it is… LOL…
      Thank you for the appreciation and am happy you found the post useful 🙂

  • Thank you very much for writing this. There are some really interesting points I didn’t think of it.

    • Hi – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you so much for stopping by, glad you found the points here useful 🙂

  • Great post! I love your Dryer sheets tip!

    • Hi Jennifer – welcome to Travel with Archie!
      Glad you found the post and the tips useful 🙂

  • Great tips from an experienced traveller 🙂 I used to travel a lot for business and the packing is of course completely different. So this list comes in very handy

    • Hello Sabine – welcome to Travel with Archie!
      Perhaps I should do a separate post for business travelers too 🙂 Thanks for insight and idea… I used to travel a lot on business too…
      Happy you liked the post and the tips mentioned here 🙂 Cheers!

  • Such an amazing post Archana! so well researched and compiled n drinkable super meals??? i never knew about their existence

    • Hello Soumya – welcome to Travel with Archie!
      Nor did I know about it until very recently… and trust me, it is a great idea! 🙂 Well, it’s all based on my travel experiences… and the mistakes I have made in the past… Happy you found the post useful… thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Great list, especially for new travelers like me! Thanks for sharing.

    • Hello Carlie – welcome to Travel with Archie!

      Thank you for the appreciation… am happy that you found the tips handy! Cheers and do keep visiting 🙂

  • Some great tips here! Thank you. I’m bookmarking this for my next trip 🙂

    • Hello – welcome to Travel with Archie!
      Am delighted that you found the tips mentioned here useful… thank you for the compliment… 🙂

  • Nischita Babu

    Very useful post .. Thank you
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    • Hi Nischita – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you dear 🙂

  • Great informative post.

  • Greenmoksha India

    Great post. You have covered almost all possible things which can put one in trouble if things go wrong. I know someone who didn’t have one spare set of clothes In his handbag and his luggage went missing for several days. There are somethings which I think are necessary for travel in India. I always carry couple of big and very light material pillow covers which I slip on the hotel pillows , a very lightweight sheet and thin cotton towels. Its more eco-friendly as I don’t have to waste hotel linen everyday and hygienic . Have couple of solar chargers for cell phones so even outdoors I don’t have to worry and natural insect repellent 🙂

    • Hi Sushmita – welcome to Travel with Archie!
      Thanks a tonne… am happy you found the post useful. I am very bad at traveling light, and have learnt it the hard way – so while I understand your reasons for the pillow cases etc, I would never land up doing it… but it is a very useful tip for India travel especially. The solar chargers idea is a killer… thanks for sharing 🙂 Cheers!

  • I have never been to any foreign trip and this article can be of great use for me if I ever get a chance to travel outside India, Archana…:) I have to say “Great tips”…:) Have a great day…:)

    • Hi Guru – welcome to Travel with Archie! LOL… come visit us in Atlanta and you will also get the opportunity to test all my tips… hehehe… thanks buddy 🙂

  • Interesting tips Archana..Next time I travel I will keep in mind these tips..

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    • Hi Ramya – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thanks a tonne dear… happy you found the tips useful 🙂

  • Chaitali Patel

    Great post Archana! Lots of hand trips for new travelers and for seasoned ones.

    • Hi Chaitali – welcome to Travel with Archie! Glad you found the post useful… Cheers 🙂

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar

    well organized article.

    • Hi Jyotirmoy – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you so much 🙂

  • Kala Ravi

    What a terrific article and so helpful! Thanks for sharing these valuable tips Archie!

    • Hi Kala – welcome to Travel with Archie! Happy you found the article useful… thanks dear 🙂

  • Thanks for the tips. I usually make a small list of things I need and need to do before traveling.

    • Hi Kishor – welcome to Travel with Archie! I do the same many a times too… especially international travel… 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing these ‘chhoti par moti batein’ regarding travelling in great detail. 🙂

    • Hi Ravish – welcome to Travel with Archie! My pleasure 🙂 hehehe…

  • U K

    Thanks for the tips. May first timers will benefit from this.. 🙂

    • Hi UK – welcome to Travel with Archie!
      Am hoping seasoned travelers will benefit too, as there are times when I forget some important stuff too… oh well 🙂 Thanks buddy… 🙂

  • Steps Together

    Wonderful tips.. thanks for this excellent post..

    • Hi Ranjini – welcome to Travel with Archie!
      Glad you found it useful dear… thanks for stopping by… 🙂

  • उपयोगी टिप्स।

    • Hello Jyotiji – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you so much 🙂

  • bushra

    Wowwwww!! That was a huge and amazing list of tips dear. Will come in handy when I travel abroad. 😀 Thank you ^_^

    • hey Bushra – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you thank you… happy you found it a handy tips piece… 😉 Cheers sweetie…

  • Rajeev Moothedath

    Such an informative post! Thank you so much Archana for sharing!

    • Hi Rajeev – welcome to Travel with Archie! Glad you found the post useful… thank you 🙂

  • Anjali Sengar

    Wonderful post Archie.. Definitely gonna help me in future trips 🙂

    • Hey Anjali – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thanks a tonne… 🙂

  • Chaitali Bhattacharjee

    What an elaborate informative guide for travellers. Let’s go for a trip.

    • Hi Chaitali – welcome to Travel with Archie!
      Oh yes, let’s plan… am always game 🙂
      Thank you so much 🙂

  • I shall keep this one for later reference 😀

    • Hello Teny – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you… 🙂

  • sreedhar Bhattaram

    Very useful info Archana.. A must to note down when someone is traveling!

    • Hello Sreedhar sir – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you so much for the appreciation… am happy you found the post useful… 🙂

  • Hey Archie,

    A great (and complete) list of tips here.

    Many a times, I made a mistake to pack those not worn things. Which only added to the luggage, nothing else. Couldn’t make my mind to try them at times 🙂

    The ‘Pack Now’ formula is a real handy. Thanks for sharing all those needed. Take care and have a great day ahead 🙂

    • Hey Manidipa – welcome to Travel with Archie! Happy that you found the tips useful sweetie… 🙂

  • Ash

    Great list. I didnt know about Ambronite

    • Hello Ash – welcome to Travel with Archie! Now you know… I too discovered it just a few months back… Cheers and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Cloud9miles

    Very nice info:)
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    • Hello and welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you for the appreciation 🙂

  • Srivi

    Awesome list this is! Going to bookmark this for my reference 🙂

    • Hi Srivi – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you … am really happy to hear that 🙂

  • Purba Chakraborty

    Wow! Thank you so much dear for the helpful tips. A great article indeed 🙂

    • Hey Purba – welcome to Travel with Archie! Am happy you found this useful my dear 🙂 Hugs!

  • Vishal Bheeroo

    Ask me about the bad habits of carrying fully loaded hand bags on the shoulders..it hurts too much yaa since I over shop and to avoid paying excess. I normally fold jeans but next time will roll them. Makes an awesome read and I am sure many of us will borrow a life from Travel with Archie:)

    • Hi Vishal – welcome to Travel with Archie! hahaha… I can totally relate with that…
      That’s a huge compliment… and I do hope just like you other people also see value in what I write… it’s not a c-p… LOL… Cheers buddy and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • I loved this listicle, Archana. Very comprehensive…good job, girlie! It would be interesting to read all your travel experiences with your love for attention to details.

    • Hi Bushra – welcome to Travel with Archie! Am happy you liked it… thank you…
      Do keep visiting for all my travel stories… 🙂 Cheers!

  • Well collaborated points.
    (Yesterday these comments were visible in HTML format and couldn’t locate the comment box, probably some problem at my end regarding speed issues of BSNL service.)

    • Hi Indrani – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you 🙂

  • Wonderful tips and one should always remember all the points while travelling… 🙂

    • Hi Mani – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thanks a tonne 🙂

  • socialmaharaj

    A must have list for every traveler ! Thanks for the putting everything under one roof 🙂

    • Hi Atul – welcome to Travel with Archie! Always happy to help 😉 Thanks, and happy you think so… Cheers 🙂

  • Rakesh Pandey

    Great and interesting post! Not to mention very useful! Thanks, Archie!

    • Hello Rakesh – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you thank you 🙂

  • Vishakha Sethi

    Very useful post Archana!

    • Hi Vishakha – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thank you so much 🙂

  • Jyothi D’mello

    Great compilation and coming from you I know it is tried and tested. Excellent post Archie 🙂 xx

    • Hello Jyothi – welcome to Travel with Archie! Hahaha… it sure is… most of it has been learnt the real hard and tough way… :-p and thank you for the confidence… makes me feel really good 🙂 xoxo

  • Great compilation! Extremely useful… Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Hi Maitreni – welcome to Travel with Archie! Happy you think so… 🙂 Hugs!

  • Whoa! That’s really comprehensive, Archie – this one’s going to help a lot of travellers for sure. Great list!!

    • Hi Arti – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thanks dear… am glad you think so 🙂

  • Raj Vora

    Exhaustive list!! Have bookmarked this one. I too pack my socks in shoes to retain their shape 🙂

    • Hi Raj – welcome to Travel with Archie! Am super glad you have bookmarked it… thank you 🙂

  • Arun Prasadh

    Great tips. You have covered every small details of travel.

    • Hi Arun – welcome to Travel with Archie! Happy you found the post useful…. Cheers 🙂

  • Simran

    Wonderful!! will keep your suggestions in mind 🙂

    • Hi Simran – welcome to Travel with Archie! Thanks dear 🙂

  • Absolutely worthy tips for naive as well as travel nerds! 🙂

    • Hi Jyotika – welcome to Travel with Archie!
      Glad you think so… thank you so much 🙂

  • Jennifer Amerkhanov

    I have never thought about packing disposable panties but I can absolutely think of some trips they would be perfect for. Thanks!

    • Hello Jennifer – A friend of mine actually shared this great tip and it has come in very handy especially during tough travels like on the high seas etc…
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Some good tips! I always pack dryer sheets!

    • Hi Taylor – welcome to Travel with Archie! It is indeed a great idea… I just started doing it recently…
      Thanks for the appreciation… 🙂

  • Great guide! Dryer sheets are a great idea!

    • Hi Tara – welcome to Travel with Archie! Happy you found it a great idea…
      and thanks for stopping by 🙂 Hope to see you here often… Cheers!

  • Seema Kotian Gopal

    Nice compilation Archie. Thanks about using the lavatory in flight 😉

  • Klipdrifters Trail

    There are some great tips here! I pinned this for later to refer back to. Its so easy to forget the small things like sunscreen or a cap.

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