Traveling Guide

Travel / Itinerary Book

  • Flight Times
  • Carry On Baggage Size per Airline
  • Hotel Locations & Reservation Info
  • Time estimates for predicted routes
  • Car rental location & confirmation number
  • Frommers
  • Relevant Local info: (Mousesavers, Tourguide schedules, etc)
  • Restaurant info + alternatives in case things don’t go to plan
  • Alternate routes for major events in case of traffic jams – call relevant tour guides as they are full of info
  • Alternate parking for major events in case of traffic jams – call relevant tour guides as they are full of info
  • Tour Times, sellout dates (e.g. Mammoth Cave), costs/variety

Flight Tips

  • Thick sweatshirt doubles as a pillow, carry even to warm places as they (or she) may get cold at night.</li
  • No corkscrews w/ foil cutters that are knife shaped “a knife is a knife” – TSA
  • 1 quart bag w/ 3oz containers
  • Gum for popping ears
  • Water bottle

Hotel Tips

  • Check Kayak, expedia, priceline, etc but don’t trust the price (e.g.: Gaylord Palms goes from $120 to $170)
  • Cheap hotels almost always sacrifice something. Consider “small rooms” hotel like Destiny Palms in Florida (83% @ 37 reviews, 16 of 190) which was nice enough to have granite topped bathroom sink, table, nightstand and bar. All wood furniture (no particle board) all for $42.55 a night. Stay away from ‘broken light’ hotels like the Marriott in Dayton Ohio (reminder to self- lookup local to see w).
  • If you pull into the parking lot and some of the lights are out – leave
  • If the carpet in the hallway looks stained – leave
  • Check tripadvisor
  • Call hotel to compare online vs live booking

Day Trip Guide

  • Small Flexible cooler for protecting medication in hot car
  • Extra zip-lock bags
  • Trail Mix
  • Beef or Turkey Jerky
  • dry bag
  • Gatorade mix to cover-up bad tap water taste (e.g. Walt Disney World)
  • Gatorade Squeeze gels
  • Powerbar
  • Camelback
  • 1 quart nalgene
  • Strap for water bottle x2
  • dry bag (keeps cooler dry)
  • camera bag, extra batter, charger, lens cleaner
  • airport friendly corkscrew
  • Khaki BDU shirt & pants (e.g. alpine slide)
  • wine case
  • Screwcap Wine (resealable)
  • Hipbag
  • Insect Repelent


  • Cleaning kit (tissue + spray)
  • Small point and shoot camera
  • SLR w/ zoom for Nature, Shuttle Launches, etc
  • Waterproof enclosure for Point & Shoot
  • download adapter
  • Charger
  • tripod (Gorillapod by Joby)
  • extra cards & batteries

Fun Stuff

  • Cards
  • Tubes for packing Wine

Sunny Outdoor Events

  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Facial Sunscreen
  • Sunscreen
  • side/day bag

Dopp kit

  • Travel Bottles
  • Toothbrush
  • Face scrub
  • Travel Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Floss
  • Q-Tip
  • Nose Hair Trimmer
  • Razor Blades
  • acrylic mirror
  • viscose towel (e.g. PackTowel)
  • toilet paper
  • antibacterial wipes
  • analgesic of choice (e.g. Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc)
  • diarrhea treatment of choice
  • insect repellent
  • infection treatment (e.g. cephalexin)
  • lip balm
  • tweezers
  • moleskin
  • bandages
  • prophylactics
  • vitamins
  • Fiber gummies
  • Krill Oil
  • eye mask
  • earplugs
  • Stain Stick
  • Rubber bands
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nose Clippers

International Travel

  • Copy of Passport
  • Visiting Nurses
  • Car insurance (e.g. costa rica)

Relevant Links

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