29 Travel and Packing Tips for Your Summer Vacation

Traveling can oftentimes be stressful and tricky. Here are Domestic CEO's 29 top tips and tricks to make your next vacation a success!

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #113

Road Trip

If loading up the family in the car and hitting the highway is your plan, here are 10 tips to help you have a fun road trip:

  1. Clean your car thoroughly before leaving for your trip. Yes, your car will get dirty along the way, but it’s so nice to start out with a clean vehicle inside and out.

  2. Be sure to have your car serviced before hitting the open road. At the very least, get an oil change, check wiper blades and windshield washer fluid, and have tires inspected and properly inflated. This will help avoid possible issues on the road.

  3. Consider becoming a member of AAA. There’s nothing worse than having your car break down in the middle of nowhere and paying a ridiculous amount to get towed (let alone repaired).

  4. Bring an emergency jug of water along. If you get stranded, you’ll want to be sure to stay hydrated. This can also be used in case the car overheats.

  5. Have a loosely planned itinerary, but feel free to stop at unusual places. If you are brave, you may want to forgo hotel reservations and just stop when you feel like stopping. A word of caution – this could result in having to drive extra miles to find a hotel that has a vacancy. If this is a bit too adventurous for you, then go ahead and make reservations in advance. Mr. Domestic Ceo and I like to stay with locals via Airbnb. We get to meet great people, and get the inside scoop on places to visit.

  6. Pack plenty of snacks but try to avoid junk food, unless you want to risk a car full of pukey kids and nauseous, cranky adults. Skip the Cheetos, licorice whips, and other pre-packaged goodies. Instead, choose fruit, string cheese, granola bars, nuts, raisins, and other healthy options.

  7. Take along various travel games, iPods, and iPads to keep the kids occupied. Pillows and light blankets are also helpful to have in the car.

  8. Stop at rest areas frequently, even if no one says they need to, especially if you are traveling with children. The moment you skip a rest area, I guarantee someone will need to use the bathroom. So don’t ask…just stop.

  9. Plan rest days during the road trip. Driving a lot each day will put everyone in a bad mood, so make sure you have some down time to just chill.

  10. Resolve to only eat at local restaurants if you can. Broaden your eating horizons by trying something new rather than sticking to that same old fast food chain.

International Travel

Traveling internationally is exciting and illuminating - but it can also be tricky. Follow these 5 tips to have an awesome trip abroad:

  1. Don’t post your travel plans or progress on social media. As tempting as it is to post and tweet everything you are doing, posting pictures while you’re away tells would-be-thieves that your home is empty and vulnerable. Wait until you get home to post all your vacation pictures at once.

  2. Don’t carry your wallet or passport in your back pocket. Petty thieves prey on unsuspecting tourists and who wants to deal with that on vacation?

  3. Call your credit card companies to alert them you will be traveling abroad. Let them know specifically the destinations where you will be so a purchase doesn’t get blocked by your bank.

  4. Make photocopies of your passport. Leave one with a friend at home and pack an additional copy in your suitcase. If your passport gets stolen, at least you’ve got a copy to start with.

  5. If traveling in a foreign country where you do not know the language, learn a few basic words and phrases to help you get by. Most important will probably be “Please,” “Thank you,” and “Where is the bathroom?”

I hope these tips help you to have a fun, exciting, enjoybale summer vacation. Now get packing!

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home!

Luggage, wallet, sun hat, toiletries, and mechanic images courtesy of Shutterstock.