Common Travel Nuisances and How to Prepare for Them Ahead
Many people enjoy going on trips and getting a change of scenery. But some things can keep a traveler from making the most of their adventures.
In many cases, simple things like clothing form the problem.
Fashion emergencies and plain old discomfort may seem inconsequential, but at the moment, they could make your long-awaited vacation less than ideal.
While savvy fixes and quick decision-making can help you avert crises, it’s still wise to stay prepared long before you board your plane.
It’s fine to buy clothing and other emergency items while you’re away, but you’ll save yourself money and a significant amount of stress by planning ahead.
With that in mind, here are some common nuisances that you can expect while traveling, plus some tips on how to best avoid them.
Discomfort During Long-Haul Travel
When journeying across great distances, you need to make sure that you can get enough movement, especially in your lower body.
It may be tempting to break out a new pair of jeans so that you can look extra stylish for your trip, but these may constrict your legs and hinder blood flow when you need to sit on a plane for hours.
Some people opt for shorts, dresses, or skirts. Wearing these while dealing with a plane’s cabin temperatures may leave you feeling frozen like a popsicle.
As such, it’s best to wear comfortable garments like a good pair of leggings to keep your body snug throughout the journey.
Before going on your trip, consider investing in a pair of women leggings or two for long-haul travels and roaming around town.
Nothing is more annoying than arriving at your hotel and preparing for a night out, only to be saddled with a wrinkly top or dress.
If you’re pressed for time and don’t want to waste energy with a steaming iron, you could be left with no choice but to shell out cash for replacement clothes or opt for a less stylish outfit.
One way to avoid this burden is to pack anti-wrinkle garments.
Fabrics such as wool, polyester, cashmere, spandex, and knit are wrinkle-resistant and will make travel outfit preparations more hassle-free.
Alternatively, you can optimize your packing to ensure that your clothes won’t get too wrinkled.
Instead of simply creasing and folding your clothes, you can check out strategies for packing efficiently. Like rolling and interlocking various garments together.
Some travelers also use plastic and tissue paper to stuff the spaces between clothing layers.
Once you get to your lodging, hang your clothes as soon as possible to prevent wrinkles. One trick to smoothen your clothes is to hang them in the bathroom while you’re taking a shower.
The bathroom will be filled with damp air, travellers believe that the moisture can smoothen small wrinkles in clothing garments.
If you’re on a vacation, chances are that you will do a lot of walking. Bringing little more than a pair of flip-flops will mean saying goodbye to them by the end of your trip.
Aside from packing a trusty pair of running shoes or sneakers, you may want to consider bringing lightweight yet sturdy options such as ankle boots or loafers.
Sandals and flip-flops are ideal for light walking and strolling on a sandy beach, so it’s best to have them inside your bag instead of relying on them for heavy use.
It’s also ideal to keep your shoe heels as low as possible to avoid the risk of breaking them. Especially on unpaved and cobblestone roads.
Getting Stuck with Thin or Revealing Garments
Overall, it’s just not a good idea to bring paper-thin fabrics on a trip. Aside from providing little protection from the elements, thin garments can end up being revealing and thus bring unwanted attention to you.
As such, you need to make sure that most of the clothes you bring, if not all of them, will sufficiently cover up your shoulders, chest, and the area above your knees.
It may also help to bring layering pieces that you can put on or take off as needed. You can opt to bring a couple of jackets, cardigans, or a shawl for your dresses and eveningwear.
You may also want to pack basic shirts to wear under your less opaque tops. Bring cycling shorts and tights for when your bottoms end up being too short to wear on their own.
Forgetting Your Essentials
We all know the discomfort of leaving the house with a sense that you’re forgetting something. Only to realize that you did leave your essentials at home.
Carelessly packing for a trip does this to you. It can be a nerve-wracking experience when you’re on the other side of the world.
When packing your must-haves, it would help to have a list of your essentials so you won’t forget anything.
Aside from your deodorant, toothbrush, and sunscreen, it may help to bring items you can use to remedy clothing malfunctions.
A sewing kit and safety pins can be a lifesaver if you suddenly lose a button or break a strap on the road.
Other items worth considering are double-sided tape for problems like ill-fitting clothes and footwear and superglue for broken heels.
Some travelers also recommend bringing shaving cream, which can eliminate makeup stains on clothes.
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Ensuring Smooth and Nuisance-Free Travels
Whether you’re traveling by car, boat, or plane, you should be sufficiently prepared to spend hours in transit.
Plus several more navigating and exploring the area.
At any one of these moments, misfortune like fashion faux pas may strike.
But as you can see from the tips above, there are several ways to remedy the most common travel-related problems.
Take note of these suggestions to keep nuisances from ruining your much-needed getaway.
Do you have any other tips to avoid common travel nuisances?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.