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Prioritizing Convenience When Traveling

Prioritizing Convenience When Traveling


To those who are uninitiated in the world of travel, going on a long trip can be a daunting prospect, especially when you’re visiting a country or place for the first time without any prior knowledge. A hundred things could go wrong, from having to give up the most basic luxuries you’ve taken for granted at home to having to deal with some inconveniences to your schedule, minor or otherwise.

While it can be near impossible to reduce all the problems you can encounter on your trip to zero, we can get as close as we can with the right amount of planning. Knowing what options you have at your disposal can help you breeze through foreign cities like they’re your backyard, and we’ll help you out with that.

Here are some tips from veteran travelers to help you prioritize convenience while you travel.

Roll Up Your Clothes

Have you even had the problem of spending so much time meticulously folding up your clothes only to discover them creased up the moment you take them out of your bag? It can be disheartening to realize that all that hard work you’ve done while packing was all for nothing. Now you’ll have to find a way to press your clothes to make them presentable, but if you’re in a foreign city you’re not familiar with, that can be a problematic endeavor.

One common trick you can make use of is to avoid folding your clothes, and simply rolling them. It may be counterintuitive if you first think about it, but folding your clothes actually adds folds that can turn into creases while you’re on the move. Rolling lowers the amounts of folds you have on your clothes, keeping them tidy, and also saves you space in your bag. Rolling your clothes into packing cubes is even more helpful – these are my favorite kind!

Make Use of the Right Apps

Technology has come a long way and has given a lot of options that can help you navigate an urban area more easily. While a lot of apps out there require a cellphone signal to use, which is the last thing you’d want if you’re trying to avoid expensive data charges, you can use free features like Google Maps to download offline maps to help you navigate easily. While offline maps lack the landmarks like hotels, restaurants or local shops, you do have the option to drop pins, which can help you mark certain places to make them easier to find.

If, however, you’re okay with spending a bit of money on data, your options get a whole lot wider. Plenty more features from Google Maps become available, plus you can also download ride sharing apps like Grab or Uber. Ride sharing apps also provide you drivers that may be nice enough to give you some tips about their city only locals would know about. While ride sharing apps do have service charges, you can find coupons or promos online, being one of the many places to get them, to help you with your travel expenses.

Keep You Gadgets Powered

Now, having the right apps would be pretty useless if you don’t have a smartphone to access them with. If you’re out travelling away from your hotel, the last thing you’d want to happen to you is to run out of power and won’t be able to charge for hours at a time. This is why it’s always a good idea to keep a power bank with you. If you can, invest in a larger power bank that can charge your phone multiple times from empty, as opposed to smaller ones that can only charge your device once. Power banks with 6000 mAH batteries should suffice, but having larger capacity ones shouldn’t hurt. Getting power banks that can charge multiple devices in one go are also favorable.

Keep an Empty Water Bottle Handy

While there are restrictions to bringing liquids with you on certain flights, no such restrictions are in place for empty bottles. If you’re not keen on buying overpriced bottled water on your trips, you can bring an empty water bottle with you, and simply fill it up from a water fountain, or ask certain bars if you can have it refilled. Not only will this keep you hydrated as you move about, you can also save a lot on water. This reusable water bottle in particular is very sturdy and keeps my drinks cold throughout the day!

Keep Moisturized

Long flights can put a strain on your body, particularly on your skin, as the atmosphere inside planes tend to be dry. Having chaffed skin certainly wouldn’t help you when you get to your destination, especially if you have to deal with jetlag as well. To help your skin from drying out, make sure to bring moisturizer with you. Look for moisturizer bottles that can fit under the 100mL hand luggage allowance to avoid any mishaps.

While these tips don’t seem much on their own, they do add up. Anticipating what can go wrong as you travel means you’ll know what to do to help prevent them. It wouldn’t do well to only focus on the bad things that can happen, however. Never forget the main reason why you’re out travelling in the first place. Always enjoy yourself, and with the tips we’ve given you, enjoying your trip is that much easier to do.

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Brianna
    March 27, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    These are great tips. We already roll our clothes (your clothes pack more compactly like that, too!), and we’ll certainly keep our electronics charged. We made the mistake of not carrying a water bottle while in Japan, and we were constantly dehydrated; we couldn’t find water fountains anywhere! We won’t make that mistake again. Thanks for the post!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      That’s good to know about Japan, thanks!

  2. Michael Hodgson
    March 28, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Rolling clothes is a must so many do not do … keeps wrinkles at bay and so much more efficient use of space. Water bottle check but we would recommend using a collapsible water bottle, that way when you are not using it, it does not take up unwanted space, or add much weight — space and weight are premiums when traveling. Best item to pack? Well two frankly — patience and a sense of humor because no matter how often you travel or how experienced you are or how well you plan, things frequently will not go according to plan. Which is why we travel … to experience new places, new things, new ways of looking at life. 😉
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you for your awesome comment, Michael! I’ll definitely consider a collapsible water bottle on my next trip.

  3. The Travel Bunny
    March 28, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    These are pretty common-sense tips, which should make the entire trip more comfortable. I don’t roll my clothes, though, I’m using Marie Kondo’s folding style. It helps me to not mess up my entire suitcase when I’m traveling to places where I don’t have the time to put them in wardrobes.

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 1, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Love Marie Kondo, although that is a bit more time consuming haha!

  4. Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions
    March 29, 2019 at 2:12 am

    What a great list of the most essential pieces of advice, Carmen! Rolling up clothes is an absolute necessity for any trip requiring more than a backpack or carry-on. You’re also so right about getting a power bank or portable phone battery… mine has been out of commission for some months now and I’ve had to step into a cafe and sit and wait for my phone to charge on more than one occasion!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 1, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      I can’t leave my house without an extra charger!

  5. adil sadout
    April 17, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    The empty water bottle is my best advice so far! it really did cut my expenses since i didn’t have to buy those expensive water bottles
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 18, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that!

  6. Junaid Ratyal
    August 31, 2021 at 4:37 am

    Hi, when i am searching on google about backpacks then i reached on your site. Good article i like it , keep it up and keep sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 1, 2021 at 3:19 am

      Glad to hear it!

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