Top Travel Tips for the Easiest Flights Ever!

Top Travel Tips for the Easiest Flights Ever!

Top travel tips to SAVE YOU Time, Money, Space & Sanity!

This article forms part of the Gourmet Getaways entry to the Virgin Australia competition for Problogger.

Whether your travel is domestic or international, for a week or a month I have prepared some Top Travel Tips that will help you pack and prepare for your next getaway.

Nobody wants to drag around more luggage than they have to, or be caught on holidays without essential items, travel documents or medications. This list is a handy guide to help you cover all the basics with style and flair.

  1. Know the Regular and Seasonal Pricing for Your Preferred Destinations.
    Travel Tips - Know Your Fare Costs

    Travel Tips – Know Your Fare Costs

    My most important travel tip, will have you holidaying more often for less $$$. It’s simple, subscribe to your favourite airlines newsletter and “Like” them on FB. You will always receive pricing updates and last minute deals. It’s so important to know the average pricing of your favourite holiday destinations. So many times I have been able to snap up a great bargain because I know when a destination is REALLY on sale.

  2. Check in ONLINE
    Avoid Queues - Check in Online

    Avoid Queues – Check in Online

    If you’re able to check in online, absolutely take advantage of the opportunity. It makes the process at the airport so much quicker and easier. Usually web check in is available 48 hours before a domestic flight. Print the boarding passes and baggage labels at home and then just stroll up to the drop of counter. Job done!

  3. Seat Allocation – Pimp Your Ride
    Consider Upgrading Your Airline Seat

    Consider Upgrading Your Airline Seat

    When you check in online you have the opportunity to choose your own seats. Checking in online early, ensures you are able to choose a seating configuration, which suits your travel requirements. Always take a look at the cost to upgrade to premium seating or business class. Although it may cost a little more, comfort is so important, especially on longer trips. Remember your flight is a part of your holiday and sometimes its good to pimp your ride.

  4. Travel Document Safety
    Photograph Essential Travel Documents (not credit cards)

    Photograph Essential Travel Documents (not credit cards)

    Photograph all your confirmations and travel documents such as passports, visa’s, hotel reservations, health insurance card, flight confirmations, car hire, international licenses, itinerary and pre booked tickets. Open a new folder in your smart phone’s pictures and call it “Travel Confirmations”. Even if some of your confirmations are in the email section on your phone it’s easier to have everything in one folder. You will find some items will stay as permanent documents in that folder, whilst others you can delete after the trip. You will still need hard copies of some of the documents but at least if a piece of paper is lost its more easily replaced.

  5. Comfort is King! 
    Get comfy! Have a super comfortable, non-creasing outfit chosen for the flight. I like to wear soft black yoga leggings, a loose fitting top, with a lightweight cardigan and a cotton or cashmere scarf depending on my holiday destination. The scarf will help keep me warm on the plane and is chosen to match the outfits I‘ve packed for the holiday. I also like to pack a pair of socks to keep my feet toasty warm. My flight attire centres on basic classy, comfortable styles and colours that will mix well with my holiday outfits and perhaps also allow a flight upgrade if the space is available.
    …but comfort is king!
  6. Lotions & Potions
    Mini Travel Make Up Kit

    Mini Travel Make Up Kit – Shampoo, Conditioner, Foundation, Moisturiser & Eye Cream Above

    Ladies we have a lot of bottles of potions that are essential on a day-to-day basis. Security screening guidelines allows us to carry liquids, and/or gels in containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml each. These containers must fit inside a single 1 litre transparent, re-sealable plastic bag.So when packing liquid foundation, shampoo, deodorant, conditioner, cleanser, toner, toothpaste or moisturiser think mini. These essential toiletries can be transferred into travel size containers of 20 – 50ml in volume. You will save so much space and weight in your luggage and still have everything you need for your holiday. If you’re travelling internationally this will be essential to ensure you do not have the items confiscated. The smaller items may not last the duration of an extended holiday, but it will give you a good enough supply to last a week or more.

  7. Sunscreen or Sizzle 
    Buy a travel size sunblock if you are travelling internationally. Sunblock can be hideously expensive in resort shops and if you are going somewhere tropical you are likely to be burned to a crisp well before you find a chemist. A travel size won’t last long but it will give your family protection until you can get your bearings and find a chemist.
  8. Electrical Currency Adapter
    Organise Your International Electrical Currency Adapters

    Organise Your International Electrical Currency Adapters

    Purchase any necessary power adapters before you leave home. This will ensure electrical safety standards are appropriate. It will also save you valuable time whilst on holidays. In some countries power points are few and far between so try to find a double power converter, or one with an outlet for an iphone and a regular socket for appliances. Label your adapter so you remember which power converter to pack each holiday.

  9. Power Up!
    Charge All Electrical Devices to 100%

    Charge All Electrical Devices to 100% & Download Entertainment.

    Charge up all your devices!  Download movies or seasons of your favorite shows. Purchase all the ebooks and magazines you have been wanting to catch up on. Even though most planes now have awesome inseat inflight entertainment, sometimes you just want to catch up on your own favourites. Invest in a quality pair of headphones and a splitter.

    What’s a splitter, I hear you asking? It’s a device that means you can plug two headphones into the one outlet on an iPad or Laptop. You will both get audio from one single device. This is an awesome idea because two people can watch the same movie using only one iPad or laptop. On a long haul flight it means only one electrical device is being drained of charge at a time. Anything that helps the devices last the trip is a godsend.

  10. …And Pack More Power!
    Pack an external battery charger or two, they are light and portable and can be used to charge iphones, ipads and some camera’s if they run down during the trip. There is nothing worse than staring at a black screen on a plane or missing a great photo opportunity as you start your holiday.
  11. Lost & Found
    Pack your earphones, splitter, external battery pack and charger into an old sunglasses case. They will be easy to find and the cords don’t get knotted or damaged.
  12. Pack Some Protection
    Packing Dirty Joggers

    Packing Dirty Joggers

    I finally found a use for all those hotel room shower caps. On one particular trip I needed to pack my dirty joggers that were a little bit wet, thankfully shower caps are supplied in every hotel room and fit nicely over my dirty shoes. I decided to double cap my joggers for extra protection! My dirty shoes didn’t ruin my clothes.

  13. Just sign here sir!
    Pack a couple of black or blue pens in your carry on, especially when you take an international flight. You will be asked to fill out a customs form, and it can be difficult to borrow a pen on the plane. No pen… you will be completing documents in the airport upon arrival and joining the very end of the queue.
  14. First Aid & Medications
    First Aid Travel Kit

    First Aid Travel Kit

    Pack any medication you need in your carry on bag, even if you’re not due for a dose whilst travelling. You don’t want to risk being separated from prescribed medication should your bag go missing. It’s also a good policy to carry a copy of your prescription in case you are questioned by customs.
    A tiny first aid pack can also be a lifesaver. Not literally, but if you’ve got a killer headache you will be very pleased you packed some pain relief. I keep a few essential in a ziplock bag in my carry on.

    First Aid Kit 
    1 sheet Panadol, 1 sheet Nurofen, A chap stick with SP Protection (Flying is very drying on lips) Assortment of bandaids, Detol Cream, Make up removal pads (for cleaning a graze)

    I could tell you a story about how my husband nearly needed a leg amputation in Germany after a tiny grass graze got infected. A little detol cream that night would have saved us a week in hospital with blood poisoning.

  15. Looking Human After an Overnight Flight
    If I have an overnight flight I NEED my makeup bag in my carry on! It’s an essential item otherwise I might scare other travellers. I’m not aiming to win a beauty pageant, so the bare minimum is sufficient.

    In flight Toiletries
    Toothbrush and toothpaste, Make up removal wipes, Deodorant, Moisturiser, Liquid foundation, Lipstick, Eye Liner, Comb and hair ties or clip (Nothing sharp)
  16. The Bag Lady
    Essential Lightweight Nylon Travel Bag

    Essential Lightweight Nylon Travel Bag

    I always pack a lightweight, strong nylon bag in my luggage. These bags roll up and take up no space in the luggage. Whilst on holidays they make the perfect bag to take sight seeing! Great for visiting the market, shopping trips, picnics and packing beach towels and swimmers in when we are out and about. Plus if things don’t quite fit on the return journey I have a lightweight bag to use for the over flow items, and as a bonus it fits in the overhead compartment with the handles tied closed.

  17. …and more bags
    Ladies your most important piece of luggage is your hand bag. When travelling carefully consider what would be the optimum bag. This may even be a good excuse to purchase a new handbag. You want something that will fit all your carry on essentials that I have already mentioned, and be small enough to place at your feet for easy access. Look for a handbag with a separate pocket big enough for an ipad or magazine. Then other pockets for all your in flight travel essentials such as your new makeup mini’s.
Top Travel Tips & Hacks for Fuss Free Flights - Pin for later

Top Travel Tips & Hacks for Fuss Free Flights – Pin for later

Happy Holidaying!

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  1. Carlie Cummings :

    Wow! You have truly thought of everything Julie and have done all the hard work for any traveller! All bases covered e.g. I would never have thought about bringing along an electrical currency adaptor and this would really leave our family stuck! So so many great ideas! I have saved this list for our first overseas family trip! Thank you. Great read and great help! 🙂


  2. Stacey Pound :

    Some great tips, especially love the tip on perhaps having to buy a new handbag for my next trip lol, thanks gourmet getaways

  3. Some great tips, nothing more frustrating then forgetting essentials on holidays but so much to remember at the same time.

  4. Great tips, very informative .

  5. Everything I need is right on this list. Great tips, from experience…nothing to ignore here. Wow, that happened to Brett?! All readers better “listen” to this post!

  6. What a fantastic list! You’ve got everything covered, i especially like your innovative use of the shower cap, fantastic idea! Some think I’ll definitely keep in mind on my next trip. Great article.

  7. Awesome advice!!!
    I will need to know all of this one day as I have never flown before hahahahhahaha I’m too scared!! Xxx

  8. Jackie Cowled :

    Great tips I will be sure to use these on my next trip.

  9. This is really handy to know! i have not done nearly enough travelling in my life but hoping this will change soon! This article gives me lots of great advice & is now bookmarked for future reference

  10. great tips! I’ll have to use some of them on my next trip! Thanks 🙂

  11. Great travel tips!! I’m going to use this for my next holiday.

  12. Well thought out Julie heaps of good tips even for us not willing to take to the air. Love the shower cap tip for your shoes what a great idea will make sure I pick them up in future.

    • Yes, the shower cap trick is great for any holidaying experience. So easy when you packing the suitcases ready to leave the hotel to just slip a shower cap over the shoes.

  13. This is awesome for the first time jetsetter, great advice and will really help me out when i finally get out of the country. Being a guy i normally would not think of over half of these ideas. Bring on England after my girlfriend finishes UNI :).

  14. Great tips Julie ! Everything for have a lovely trip is here ! Great post Julie ! xx

  15. Thanks So Much For Tips Julie & Gourmet
    …Everything I need to make the flights easier on every Tour
    Benny Francis – Musician

  16. Higher Being :

    Also check, double check and triple check that they flight company understand chicken is not a vegetarian meal, nor fish and no it does not matter that the pig was vegetarian.. that still does not count.. 😛

    • LMAO!
      That is such a good tip! Also, if you want healthy meals served first on the flight, request a Vegetarian or Vegan meal. They’re always delicious too!

  17. That’s such a great tip about the shower caps and shoes! I purposely don’t plan to exercise on holiday because I know I will trash my clothes with my shoes after hiking…. Now, my partner has no excuses not to exercise with me when we travel! “Ohhhh Staaaaaceyyyyy…..”

    (and thanks for the ‘insider information’ on the last minute upgrade – our last international trip was a killer on the way home – I wonder how much the upgrade would have been because I’m sure I’ll pay it next time)

    • Haha, Yep no excuse not to exercise now! As for purchasing an upgrade, sometimes I think it’s a false economy to tough it out in economy for a long flight. You end up too tired to function properly the next day.

  18. Excellent tips! I so need to organise my adapters properly and label where they can be used. When I travel back to places I can’t work out which is which! Now it’s just overwhelming 🙂

  19. What another great read.
    A definite read for the traveller weather a seasoned or once in a life time traveller
    thanks again for some great ideas..

  20. Great tips! I’ve read quite a few travel packing tips before but your shower cap tip is a new for me. Love it!

  21. You and I would travel well together, I have the same clever processes as you…however you have definitely ‘one used’ me withe the shower cap suggestion. Too, too brilliant for words…thank you xxx

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