Hello readers, have you been bitten by the travel bug?
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As I mentioned in my last post, I was lucky enough to hitch a ride for a last minute trip to Las Vegas with Julie a few weeks ago. Last minute for me anyway. I’m sure she’ll be blogging about it with much better pictures, so follow her or I’ll tell you when those posts are up!
I don’t think I’ve traveled, by plane at least, in over 10 years! So while that was certainly post-September 11th, 2001, and we had to take off our shoes and my brother’s Beyblade was confiscated, I’ve missed the mandatory travel sized liquids and other implementations until now. If you’re like me and maybe haven’t traveled since you were a kid and are anxious about being unprepared, let me help alleviate some of that worry.
First, make sure you look up your airline’s luggage size rules, what you are/aren’t allowed to bring, and any other rules like those liquids! Next, have your tickets and ID easily accessible. Obviously, don’t keep them buried in larger carry-on, but you will be asked for them several times: before security screening, at screening, and before boarding.
Lastly, the security screenings are all rather automated now, aren’t they? It’s like queueing up for depressing retail. Anyway, you all line up; put your carry-on(s), shoes, belts, coats, and quart-sized, resealable bag with your travel-sized liquids in the buckets that go through the machine. Note- just go through the radiation machine. Nobody is going to tell you when or when to put your hands up, so just go ahead, lol.
If you are creating a trip mainly for yourself or with someone that’s pretty cool with everything, you can can be lenient with your plans. But if it’s a gathering of people, you should consider the types of activities if everyone’s going to be doing them.
Not everyone may want to participate in some kind of stage show and not everyone may want to go to a history museum. Heck, some may want to but may not want to pay a certain price! It may be a little extra step, but I’d think it’s worth it to have people comfortable and want to have fun on vacation!
A few more I just thought of!
1. You are allowed to bring vitamins, supplements, and medications in carry-ons, so I’d definitely recommend bringing Aspirin or Dramamine.
2. Uber has really grown since I’ve traveled! I didn’t notice one at our airport, but the Las Vegas one did have a specific spot for rideshare pick-up.
3. If you are only packing carry-on and plan on getting souvenirs, be sure you can fit them!
So that’s what I’ve learned on my out-of-town weekend. I don’t really get that wanderlust that others claim, but I have to admit, I’m… considering smaller trips. Maybe to neighboring towns. 😜 And I’m looking into taking (the cheaper) bus to them! So that could be a whole other new experience that I look forward to sharing.