Travel tips from Tour Manager, Lauren, Part II

This is the second post in a two-part series of travel tips that I’ve found helpful throughout my years of travel (listed in no particular order).  I hope you find these tips useful when preparing for your next trip!

If you missed part I, check it out here!

Be respectful

Locals are willing to help you out even if they speak a different language.  Use the words you know and hand gestures while keeping your cool when something isn’t going your way.

Bring an external battery

Batteries die. Your good mood doesn’t have too.

Write/Save important details

Save the hotel name and your room number you might need it.

Be flexible

Patience is essential when traveling! Delays may happen for any unforeseen reason, just go with the flow. Most likely, it will be better than expected.

Pack extra underwear

Underwear is small, and it’s always a good idea to have a few extra pairs just in case!

Beat jet lag

Get over jet lag quickly by syncing your sleep to the new time zone. Try to get into the sleeping pattern that very first night.  Walking and sunlight often help!

Carry-on musts

A few essential items should always go in your carry-on: electronics, medications, toothbrush, and an extra pair of underwear or even outfit. (See Trixie deLisle’s post for more – IN-FLIGHT ITEMS WE LOVE)

Call your bank and credit card company

Call your bank and credit card company and alert them of your travel plans. If your card gets put on hold while overseas, you’ll wish you had called in advance.

Comfortable shoes

You walk a lot when you travel. Don’t beat up your feet. Love them as they take you to amazing places.

Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated makes it easier to get over jet lag too.

Separate money

Separate your money, so all your cash and cards aren’t in the same spot. Hide some money and a backup credit/bank card in a separate bag, not the same bag as your wallet.  While getting pick-pocketed can be prevented by carrying bags that zip, latch, or even have a lock, you don’t want to risk it, and things can always be accidentally lost in the excitement of travel. By separating your money, you ensure that you won’t find yourself in a tight spot while enjoying your vacation.

Call your phone company

Activate your cell phones’ international plan. There is usually a charge for doing this, but it is much less than the roaming charges you’ll get if you don’t.

Bring earplugs

Earplugs will help you sleep on a noisy plane or hotel room.  Sleeping through noise is a valuable skill, and by preparing for it in advance, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress later.

Wear sunscreen

You don’t want to learn the hard way.

Lauren Driscoll, Music Contact International Tour Manager