This is not a post about what to pack although I have a couple tips in there about that too. Mostly it’s about little things that no one talks about but you just learn over time.
How to open a restroom door
When you go into public restrooms, open the door by pushing on the rectangular plate (above). It’s there for a reason. When you just push the door anywhere outside of the plate, (unless it’s a wood stained door) it’s often sticky and tacky. That’s because paint gets sticky when it’s touched a thousand times by the natural oils on human hands. You might think it’s because it needs to be cleaned, that’s not it. A heavily used painted banister feels the same way. Yuk.
Travel with your own porcelain mugs
source (I burst out laughing when I saw this one)
source (Well this one is definitely true 🙂
So many hotel rooms have disposable cups now instead of mugs or glasses. I bring my own mug because I like the experience of drinking out of a real porcelain mug. Just stuff it into the middle of your luggage and it won’t break.
Bring your own Kuerig Pods
We like the Starbucks Pike Place pods. When you travel as much as we do, you have a lesser tolerance for a bad, watery cup of coffee and it seems like the majority of hotels now have a Keurig.
I like Australian or New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Until we hit the road in the last 2-3 years leading our courses all over the US and Canada, I was vague about the wine I ordered because I still hadn’t defined exactly what I liked. “Do you have a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc?” I would inquire.
Now I know. And when they don’t have the kind I like, I will order a glass of Prosecco instead.
Everyone says red wine is better for you, but the problem is, I’ll be back to having no idea what I like if I start experimenting with it. Is that weird or what? If you have any recommendations on red wine that a white wine drinker should try, let me know.
Don’t touch the bread, like ever!
I love bread just like everyone else, but when you are on the road for 2-3 weeks, eating out for every meal, you will gain weight (well, unless you’re 20) if you let the bread basket stay on the table.
It’s easier if you just wave it away when it arrives. You soon forget that it’s even an option.
These days, I don’t eat much bread at home either but definitely not in restaurants.
Wear a hat with a brim on the plane
My eyes are really sensitive to glare, it’s the reason why I always want the window seat so that I can pull the shade down on a sunny day.
A hat is easier than an eye patch if you want to sleep. And, hooray, extra bonus, it also provides total black-out.
Keep an extra phone charger and a headset in your luggage at all times.
This way, you’ll never forget to bring them with you.
Pack anything you’d hate to lose inside your carry on
I learned this the hard way years ago when I packed an expensive, brand new leather jacket and all my jewelry in my checked luggage!! Never again!
Here’s a great video on packing a carry on if that’s all you’re taking:
Close the lid after you use the toilet in the lavatory
When you close the lid, it cuts out half the noise when it flushes. I literally would plug my ears in the past because it’s so loud. Does this make me a sensitive princess? Maybe.
Two of my sisters Elizabeth Jacobs (the flight attendant) and Lea Junttila (right)
When I told my sister Elizabeth (a former flight attendant, above) of this recent discovery, she looked at me with this patient “You poor thing, I could have helped you out with that” expression on her face, haha.
The one thing I ALWAYS take with me
A black cashmere wrap travel scarf. I am ALWAYS cold on the plane, it’s like a blanket and in a pinch you can use it going out as a wrap with a dress so it serves double duty.
I would love to hear your smart traveling tips! Please post them below!
Here is my fabulous SOLD OUT Vancouver class from last week:
I’m off to Los Angeles to lead my last Fall workshop for the season!
Then I’ll be flying directly to Toronto. Terreeia’s only sister passed away last week so we will be having a celebration of life for her on the weekend.