Keep Your Dream Trip From Turning Into a Nightmare
It’s July, and for many of us that means vacation. But if you’re like me, getting ready to travel can also cause stress. But it doesn’t have to. Here are some tips for keeping that dream trip from turning into a nightmare:
- Use luggage that’s not black so you can quickly identify it. But avoid purchasing a brightly colored bag that will get you targeted as an American. If you have a black bag, tie a bright ribbon around the handle for easy identification.
- Keep a separate cosmetic kit for travel-only use. Make sure you include in it your travel insurance card, vision prescription, and an empty pill bottle. The latter will remind you to pack your medications. When it’s time to go, place in the empty bottle the number of pills you will need and stash the bottle in your carry-on.
- Keep a small flashlight in your handbag. Install the batteries upside down. (If the light gets knocked on, the batteries won’t go dead.)
- Carry two different kinds of credit cards. If one company, such as Visa, puts a hold on your account because of unusual activity, you’ll still have access to another, like Discover.
- Carry a Starbucks card for major international layovers. In some places you can use it to avoid changing currency just to buy a cup of joe.
- Buy a novel from your favorite Christian bookstore. If you finish it while traveling, leave it for someone else to enjoy.
Dr. Sandra Glahn’s job as editor-in-chief of Kindred Spirit magazine has taken her all over the world. She is a Christy award finalist, and her most recent work of fiction is the medical suspense novel, Informed Consent.