Traveling can be both exciting and frustrating can’t it? Particularly if you forget to pack certain items and have to buy them on the run. Here’s a list of 13 frugal tips to save you money on your travels.
Make a list.
A checklist for your packed items and errands is a good idea. Use the same checklist on the way back to make sure you remember everything.
Pack a snack!
Fruits such as bananas or tangerines are some of my favorite. My wife likes packing healthy snacks like trail mix. Pack gum for helping with the ear pressure on flights.
Remember your toiletries!
Remember to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, make-up for the ladies, feminine products, sunscreen, lip balm, etc.
Take an empty bottle water.
Refill the water bottle once you pass security. Planes are significantly dryer so remember to avoid dehydration!
Park at The Parking Spot.
Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry on.
There are few things worst than lost bags and having to replace all your clothes. Keep a set of clothes in your carry on to hold you over in case of such airline efficiencies.
Remember your headphones and music!
Don’t forget to download your favorite music to your phone and pack your earbuds! Or, if you really want to go all out get some Bose noise cancellation head phones.
Save money on food.
Go to the library.
Grab a few FREE books and DVD’s for the trip. We can check out 30 books and 10 DVD’s from our local library.
If you travel regularly for work remember to check your rewards mileage before booking a trip. I recently used mileage and paid only for the taxes on an international flight. Instead of paying $1000+ for the ticked I paid about $65.
If you are traveling with kids…
Pack comfort items such as blankets, toys, or dolls. Also include a complete set of clothes in a zip lock baggie. Never know when there might be an accident. Download onto your iPad or mobile phone your kids favorite shows. Remember hand sanitizer wipes! If you have small children ship diapers, wipes, and snacks via Amazon for example to your destination.
Check your documents.
Make sure your driver’s license or ID are current. Check your passport validity date at least one or two months before you travel. Nothing like having to pay for a rush job of renewing or getting a new passport. Remember too some countries won’t let you in if you don’t have at least 6 months left on your passport. If traveling overseas, make sure your visa for entry in the country hasn’t expired either.
Consider traveling light.
Particularly if you are traveling domestically, pack everything in your carry-on. This might also give you flexibility to cash in on flight bumps and voucher opportunities.
Bonus: Be nice when traveling.
It’s amazing how many people are willing to help you when you smile and show respect. Customer service is a hard industry as it is. Smiling and being respectful could result in financial savings but ultimately this will result in brightening someone else’s day.
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What are your favorite travel tips? Do you have any frugal traveling tips to add? Leave a comment!