Tips for Traveling Abroad
Beautiful Ladies learn from my experience traveling abroad, packing and safety tips – watch my short 5 part series videos. The season for traveling is quickly approaching.
- When traveling abroad always arrive at the airport 3-4 hours early and leave plenty of time to get to the airport because you never know what the traffic conditions will be. There could be an accident, congestion, you name it. My recent trip home from Paris, France, I arrived at the airport 4 hours early, checked my bags and stood in the customs line for nearly 3 hours, then had to go through security and almost missed my flight. Yes, I sprinted to my gate as they were calling my name and I was the last person on the plane. Things work much more efficiently in the States than they do abroad.
- Never, ever, ever take or pack anything of value in your luggage. Even if you lock your bag, airline personnel has access. Always carry on your valuables, that includes medications ( in case your bag is lost – this happened to me in Israel and I had to go to a pharmacy and get my medications, not a pleasant experience). Carry on your jewelry, and keep your identification with you at all times.
- Take clothing that is wrinkle free or the wrinkles will steam out while you are in the shower. I recommend taking Downy Wrinkle releaser with you since clothes get wrinkled in the bags. DO NOT take nice clothing when you travel. Only take items that you don’t care if they get stolen or ruined. Why? On my recent trip home from Paris, a direct flight mind you. I arrived home and no bags. They delivered them the next day and to my dismay, half of my clothing was missing as well as the Jewelry. Yes, they had cut off the locks, went through my bag and helped themselves to my nice, expensive clothing. Live and learn.
- Be aware of your surroundings – Many foreign countries have bands of gypsies or gangs that will surround you, distract you and steal your wallet, or they will come up behind you and slice the strap to your purse and they are off. This happens often on public transportation systems. Leave your expensive jewelry at home, dress down so that you are not a target.
- Always have copies of your identification, credit cards, itineraries etc and leave some cash in your hotel room so that if something happens to you, you have the cash to get you by and you have copies of identification information to share with the authorities.