In addition to #ThrowbackThursday, we’re now implementing #TMITuesday! Stay tuned every week for thoughts, ideas, and tips from the Mojo-Makers.
This week, we’re talking all things travel! With multiple channel events every year, a streamlined travel experience is key. These travel hacks are what we do to make the most out of the process:
Angela Leavitt, Founder & Chief Mojo-Making Officer
While I travel pretty frequently and enjoy visiting other places, I’m not a fan of the actual travel itself. It’s always a stressful experience for me, but I’ve found two ways to make it a lot easier. The first is to get TSA PreCheck. You spend about $100 and visit an office to give up your fingerprints. In exchange, while going through security you can leave your shoes on, leave everything in your bag, and get in a line that moves a lot faster. It saves so much time, but beyond that, it makes the security and overall airport experience a lot less painful.
The other thing that has helped me is getting a travel bag and filling it with things like a toothbrush, razor, makeup, lotion, etc. I refill the bag with anything I need as soon as I RETURN from a trip, so the next time I leave I can just grab it and not worry about forgetting something. This has also saved me time and stress because I know I have everything I will need!
Lastly, to avoid catching anything from fellow travelers, wash your hands frequently try really hard not to touch your eyes or nose or mouth.
Juliana Kenny, Content Manager
I like to travel with the fewest number of things to carry as possible. And I hate checking luggage. That means I aim for one backpack and one purse. I have made the “One Backpack One Purse” rule work for trips as long as 10 days (with a laundry option somewhere in there). But, in order to fit everything in those two vessels, I employ the “camping technique” as a method of rolling up each item of clothing so it takes up as little space as possible. (I don’t think other people call this the camping technique, I just learned it in the back woods of Maine.)
Lay flat your item of clothing on a surface. If it’s a pair of pants, fold them in half so one leg is on top of another. If it’s a shirt, fold the arms in. Then, start from the bottom of the item and roll tightly up to the waistline or neckline. From there, you can fit the item into any nook or cranny of your suitcase. You also have the option to roll entire outfits together to stay even more organized! And — if you want to get extra about it — you can put your clothing in plastic bags like this lady:
Justine Dolorfino-Thieman, Digital Strategist
Once you book your travel, set a reminder on your phone for a day before your flight, at the time that your flight is set to take off. When it goes off, check into your flight online. I find the second reminder, set for the day before my return flight, especially helpful since I often forget to check in while I’m in the middle of my trip.
If you aren’t part of TSA Pre Check, fly in shoes that are easy to take off and put back on. Weather permitting, arrive with any extra layers already stowed in your carry-on so you don’t have to take off your sweater or jacket in the middle of the line. Organize your carry-on bag so that it’s easy to take out liquids and big electronics.
Lastly, if you won’t be doing laundry during your trip, pack a plastic bag in your suitcase so you can separate worn/dirty clothes from anything you didn’t end up wearing. You may also want to bring a plastic bag for any shoes that will be in your luggage.
Andrea McCarter, Project Coordinator
Traveling can be equally exciting and stressful, I try to minimize the stress of it by planning as much as I can ahead of time and triple checking that I didn’t forget anything. One thing I always bring when traveling is an eye mask and neck pillow so I can easily relax and fall asleep. This makes uncomfortable airplane seats a lot more manageable. And if you are anything like me, I can’t go more than a few hours without eating or else I get hangry. That’s why I always bring snacks to avoid paying for overpriced airport food or the over-salted peanuts they give out on the flight.
Another tip to help save money when booking flights is to set up price alerts. If you know where you want to go and can plan a few months in advance, some apps can monitor flight prices and alert you when they are at their lowest. An app called Hopper is a good option as well as Google Flights or Sky Scanner.
Tom Ladeau, Social Media Manager
Ideally every flight would be direct and on time, but we all know that’s impossible. If you need to make a connection, google your flight number as soon as you land and can turn your phone data back on (or just use in-flight wifi). Google will give you info about delays and gate assignment right in the search results so you will immediately know where to go and if you need to rush.
Also, if you’re making that connection in an airport that you are not familiar with, check a map of the airport to see how far you have to go to make it to your next gate. You can find these on any airport’s website, but you can also usually find them in the back of the airline magazine that comes in the seat back pocket.
If you’re expecting a rushed connection to be part of your travel plan, it can’t hurt to wear shoes that you can run in. You might not look as cool, but it’s worth it if it means making your flight.
Michael McCarthy, Account Executive
I love traveling but I do not enjoy flying as it gives me high anxiety. If you are a nervous flyer like me then the more you can sleep on the plane the better off you are. Besides drugging yourself, there are some easy things that you can do to reduce your anxiety levels. I try to exercise a lot before I fly to burn off some excess energy. I avoid any caffeine like coffee or tea for at least 24 hours before flying. Lastly, I make a playlist of music that is calming to me or that will induce memories taking my mind elsewhere. Reading or doing puzzles is also a good way to keep your mind busy if you don’t like flying and can’t sleep.
My other travel tip, especially if travelling to another country, is to leave it better off than when you arrived. You can do this by doing little things that go a long way. For example, embrace the culture, be respectful and do not be arrogant. If you have extra food or change before leaving, consider gathering it and giving it to a less fortunate person who can use it more than you can. These are small things but if every traveler does this it can have a big impact.