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  • When going through TSA security, always bring a self-addressed stamped envelope with you. If TSA takes something through the screening process, they can send it back to you in your envelope.
  • Leave your flight, hotel, train, contact information, and itinerary with a family member and a trusted neighbor/friend in case of emergency.
  • Pack your toothbrush, soap, extra underwear, and one extra t-shirt and shorts in your carry-on in case your luggage doesn't make it your destination.
  • Prepare yourself for a long flight. Organize and pack your luggage days ahead of your trip to avoid any additional stress and to arrive at the airport with plenty of time left to spare.
  • Learn Common Phrases of the Local Language.Just a simple “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way. You can also learn to ask where the best bars, restaurants, or hangouts are at.
  • To save space, roll your socks and stuff them in your shoes. Be sure to pack shoes in a shoe bag or plastic bag to keep other items clean. This will also help your shoes keep their form and avoid them from being squished.
  • Bring extra plastic bags or laundry bags to help separate clean clothes from dirty or wet clothing.
  • If you're taking any medications, bring along your prescriptions and the script/label with you. This will avoid delays should you need to refill the prescription and also avoid any questioning by the TSA.
  • If you're out of insect/bug repellent and itch-reliever you can wash the are with soap and water and apply a damp cold cloth over the area. You can also use toothpaste to reduce the itching. 
  • Always carry the following: Driver's license, official ID, or passport/visa and copies of each, proof of health/dental insurance, the address/phone number of your travel agent, hotel, embassy or consulate, family member and/or friend, credit cards as well as a list of credit card numbers in case of theft, receipt for any travelers checks, emergency cash reserve, and full itinerary for flights, hotels, car rentals, etc.
  • Use compression and vacuum-sealed bags to save space for any trip.
  • Make sure to check the weather at your destination a few days ahead so you can adjust your packing and clothes. Layered clothing can be beneficial but it doesn't hurt to bring a light-sweater or jacket with you. 
  • Leave your flight, hotel, train, contact information, and itinerary with a family member and a trusted neighbor/friend in case of emergency.
  • In our toiletry kit, make sure to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, razor/shaver, shampoo/conditioner/lotion, tissues, lip balm, brush/comb, compact mirror, liquid soap/sanitizer, deodorant, dental floss, nail clippers/tweezers, cotton swaps and sunscreen. We also recommend Travel Bottles so save space in your toiletry kits.
  • A sewing kit, stain remover, extra set of nylons, safety pin, travel iron, or lint roller may help save the day. 
  • If you need corrective contact lenses or glasses, make sure to bring an extra pair of contacts or glasses, as well as cleaning solutions and protective cases for your glasses.
  • For extra security carry your valuables in a money belt. They can be concealed under your clothes and will deter any theft.
  • When traveling with children, pack complete outfits (clothes, socks, underwear) in individual bags to assist with quick stars each morning.
  • If you're traveling with an infant or toddler, pack their favorite snacks, toys, books, blanket, diapers, and bibs to avoid the unnecessary hassles.
  • If you're traveling abroad make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa (if applicable). If you're not sure if you need a visa, follow the link here to check and see if you're required for a visa.
  • Take your toiletries in travel-size containers to save space. Remember to seal the containers in ziploc bags to prevent leaking in your luggage.
  • Leave expensive jewelry at home to avoid any potential theft.