Jane Wandering takes travel SERIOUSLY! Both because we LOVE to travel, but also because we know traveling can be dangerous. We feel it is one of the most educational experiences you can have. This education can come at a high cost though if you aren’t properly prepared.
Below you can find 6 travel safety tips you might not have though of. These tips can save headaches that occur when you are robed, lost, or in some serious overseas trouble! Take a look below and let us know of any other helpful tips by commenting below!
- Make Electronic Copies of Your Documents
Paper copies are a great idea, but electronic copies can’t be stolen. Thankfully no one at Jane Wandering has had their passport stolen while traveling abroad. However, we did find a post by someone who has. Check that out HERE.
To avoid this and protect your most important travel document, scan and print your passport out, as well as save the scans on your laptop or phone. It is vitally important that you do not lose this document!
If you are looking for a travel inspired passport cover, check THESE out. Hand sewn and made with natural leather, these Jane Wandering Passport Covers are the perfect way to keep your travel documents safe.
If you do lose your passport, click HERE. This page from the U.S. Department of State has helpful tips and links.
- Don’t Carry Everything Together:
Simple enough, separate your valuables.If you carry your cash, phone, camera, and other special items in one purse or book bag then you will be *up a creek* if this bag is stolen! Separating your items and, of course, NEVER carry your passport around town while you are traveling. Lock the passport in a safe either in your hotel room or behind the counter at a trusted hotel.
You can also purchase bands that strap to your body underneath your clothing that can hold your passport in a hidden and secure location. You can find one of these bands HERE. There are multiple styles, so when you get a moment do a quick Google search.
- Travel like a Local:
Strutting down the streets of New York in stilettos and a mini skirt is fine. Strutting down the streets of a foreign city, maybe not the best idea.
Your first thought should be safety and if you are attracting too much attention, you may become a target. We aren’t suggesting you wear baggy clothing and act like you just rolled out of bed. Instead, do your research and see how people dress wherever you are going. If shorts and a t-shirt are common, then pack that type of clothing. Be aware of the social norms and abide by them if you are comfortable.
- Avoid Oversharing Online:
Posting photos or checking in on social media sites advertises your absence from home. That can make theft at home a possibility.
However, live tweeting and constantly posting on Instagram or Facebook that you are in a foreign place can make you a target wherever you are. If you tag the location on you photos you can make it much easier for attackers to find you. You do not want to make yourself a target.
Real-time updates can be tempting, but wait until you return safely home before sharing your adventures.
- E-Mail Someone A Copy Of Your Itinerary:
Your parents, friends, significant other, anyone! Make sure someone back home knows where you will be and when you will arrive. If you have cellular service and the ability to contact your loved ones, casual check-ins are a great way to let people back home know you are safe and where you should be.
When it comes to safety, Jane Wandering doesn’t think there is anything wrong with oversharing with your loved ones! 🙂
- Enroll in STEP:
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
**Pretty smart, huh?**
This amazing tool will allow the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of emergencies and help assist your loved ones in contacting you in case anything may happen. Safety conditions concerning your travel destination would also be made easily accessible through this program.You can learn more and signup for this program HERE!
Can you think of other helpful tips? Tag them below, we would love to hear them! If you are looking for another helpful tip, check out our previous blog TSA Pre Check: Definitely Worth It! This helpful blog goes into why we applied for TSP Pre Check and why you may want to!
So you’re finally ready for your next adventure, but not sure how to start your travel journal. Well as promised, we have the perfect post for you! Below are tons of travel journaling tips, prompts, designs, and journaling inspo!
Let’s get started!!
- Make it personal! This journal is yours so make it fun for you!
- Design your own layout or research fun journaling techniques.
- Use some of the below prompts in this blog to make recording your trip even easier.
- Use stickers and images to add color to your travel journal. Store all your pencils, markers, stickers, and more in our Jane Wandering Travel Pouch!
- Collect items while you travel to add to your Travel Journal. You can find a Journaling Envelope Set on our site to store coins and money in your journal.
Before You Go
- Print out maps of where you are going and different tourist spots to visit. Place it in your journal to view while you travel.
- What do you think the adventure will be like?
- What are you most looking forward to?
- Make a list of souvenirs for yourself and loved ones.
- What activities do you want to try/see?
- Make a packing list of all the things you want to bring (if you have a Jane Wandering Travel Journal a packing list is included, or try our Pack This! Pad)
While You Are Traveling
- Describe the airport process, any mishaps (hopefully none) and anything you bought.
- What was your first thought upon arriving to your destination?
- Draw a picture of a landmark.
- Describe the restaurants you ate at, what you ate, the style, and the cost.
- What is the local neighborhood like?
- Email addresses of friends you make while traveling so you have a new pen pal!
- How are the local people different than where you are from.
- How is the fashion different where you are traveling?
- Did you make any friends? Write about them or have them write in your Travel Journal!
- Record quotes from your trip, anything you hear or signs you see.
- Describe your hotel and the interior.
- Who are you traveling with? Take turns writing in each other Travel Journals to add something different to your journal.
- Close your eyes and describe the sounds and smells around you.
- Sit somewhere for 10 minutes and observe what happens around you.
- Draw a moment you want to remember.
- Make sure to collect receipts, postcards, and other items to incorporate in your Travel Journal to make it your own! You can store these items in a Jane Wandering Travel Pouch.
- Describe your trip home. What the flight or bus trip bumpy? Did you make friends?
When You Arrive Back Home
- What surprised you about where you visited?
- Would you visit this location again?
- What do you miss the most now that you are home?
- Did this trip teach you anything?
- Do you think you have changed in any way?
- Any ideas of where you would like to visit next!
Travel Journal Inspiration
Follow our Travel Journaling Tips board on Pinterest for more journaling prompts and inspiration!
By now you know that all us gals at Jane Wandering LOVE to travel and have flown often. We fly so much we are TSA Pre-checked (an awesome investment) and have become packing experts! That is why we have created a list of 10 items we pack for each and every flight.
There is nothing worse than suffering through a crowded airport, boarding your plane, finding your seat, and realizing you forgot something at home or didn’t purchase a snack! Yes, you can sometimes get away with purchasing chips or candy on the plane, but the prices will probably be CRAZY expensive or they might not have what you are craving.
Just so you don’t have to suffer through that scenario we have put together 10 items we ALWAY pack when prepping for a flight. Now this list doesn’t include everything. There are some items we always have, but didn’t picture. Those items would include face wash (if it’s a long flight), a jacket (since I am notoriously cold), and Advil. However, the list we have created sums up our normal travel needs and will save you a pretty penny if you pack them before arriving at the airport.
Items listed from top left corner, clockwise:
Whether it is a reusable bottle you bring from home, or a SmartWater purchased at a newsstand. I never board a plane without a full bottle. This the the one item you can not get through security with. Unless you pack a reusable water bottle and fill it up at a restaurant (just ask, they normally will do it) or water fountain, plan to buy on near your gate.
Headphones or Earbuds
There is nothing worse than a child screaming on a plane or the person next to you smacking their gum. Block those and other irritants out with a pair of headphones and your favorite Playlist. I’ve forgotten my headphone countless times and these babies can run upwards of $30 at the airport versus $5-10 at Target. My favorite brand is Skull Candy, you can find the HERE.
Personally I love Wheat Thins. I only eat them when I travel so it’s always a special little airplane/travel treat! However, on my real cheat days I will pick up some Pringles! YUMM!
Dainty Airplane Necklace
The Dainty Airplane Necklace is around my neck 24/7! I own the version in silver and it is the perfect inspiration for me to jet-set around the world.
Yes, I am packing both a salty and a sweet treat on my plane trips, but hey! It’s vacation! If you haven’t had Brookside Chocolates then get ready for your world to be ROCKED! These little bits of heaven are amazing! I really enjoy the Pomegranate and the Vineyard Grape. The Clusters are amazing too, I just eat those a little too fast.
I’m not a germ freak, but there is something about airplane seats that disgust me. I have read one too many stories about the cleaning methods of airlines and will forever be armed with my hand sanitizer when I board a plane. If I could, I would bring my Clorox wipes and Lysol and go all Molly Maids on my seat!
Cabeau Revolution Travel Neck Pillow
Whether you want to sleep or simply rest your head, this is by far the best head pillow I have owned. When you purchase this head pillow you get earbuds, a cover/bag for it, and an unbelievably comfortable and malleable head rest! The Cabeau Revolution Travel Neck Pillowis the best way to relax and fly!
Sometimes music can only do so much on a long flight. I always stock-up on magazines and whatever book I happen to be reading at the moment. My personal favorite magazine is Self, an awesome collections of health, beauty, and recipes!
Jane Wandering Travel Journals
Ask any of us Jane Wandering gals where our Travel Journals are and we will whip out our book bags. These journals are small enough to fit in a book bag pockets, but sturdy enough to be tossed along side your spare jacket, computer, and books. If you missed our Travel Journal Blog, check it out HERE!
The dry air in a plane is great at making my skin itch, so I come armed with lotion. My favorite brand to carry is Nivea. It has multiple fragrances, but on a plane I like to keep it simple and clean. Just like you wouldn’t spray perfume on a plane, don’t be the person who covers themselves in an array of floral smells suffocating your neighbors. Just remember to keep the liquid contents of your lotion in accordance with TSA rules so they don’t confiscate it!
You can bet that on our trip to Miami at the end of the month we will have all these goodies with us on the plane. So if you ever see a Jane Wandering girl and happen to be craving a Brookside Chocolate… you know who to ask!
Check back this weekend for a fun blog of exciting thing to do to pass time on a long flight!