Thinking Out Loud

4 Tips for Summer Travel

By Theagarajan_CML

Something happens when we travel. Our suitcases and backpacks might be heavy but our heart and footsteps are light. Summer is the time for road trips, balmy nights with friends and food and maybe even some worldly exploration. Here are a few tips I thought you might find handy for your summer excursions:

2 TSA Apps you’re gonna want to try:

My TSA : Gives you 24/7 access to information that passengers frequently request from TSA such as: wait times, current weather, TSA Pre check, “Can I Bring?” and if there are any delays.

MiFlight : Crowdsourced information is the best in my opinion. Travelers currently in line type how long they’ve been waiting so you’ll know exactly what you’re up against. This would come in handy before you leave for the airport so you know WHEN you need to leave. At some larger airports there may be more than one checkpoint…meaning some lines may be moving quicker than others.

Wear Moisture Wicking Socks: This sounds weird but trust me…this sh*t works. ESPECIALLY if you’re planning on going somewhere tropical and/or want to pack super light. As a space and money saver, you can pack 1-2 pair of moisture wicking socks (depending on how long you’re gone…I usually pack 1 pair and wash in the sink). Non-cotton socks are fantastic for travel because 1) they’re anti-microbial which is great for humid areas where your feet are sweating like crazy and bacteria is havin a friggin blast 2) they dry SUPER fast. Wash them in the sink, ring them out and they’ll be dry within the hour(ish). My favorite thin moisture wicking sock is definitely Swiftwick.

Pests will be pests: Best mosquito repellent I’ve found to date: Ben’s (with DEET). Now, I know DEET is NOT super environmentally friendly but with all the Zika shenanigans going on in some tropical areas not to mention that itchy red bites all over your body suck anyways, I use Ben’s. If you want something more natural, cinnamon oil actually helps to repel mosquitos as well.

You don’t always have to go far or spend a lot of money. Make your surroundings like new this summer simply by redecorating, try a fresh-citrusy candle, plant some succulents or drought resistance herbs (thyme, parsley and lavender are good ones to try) and make your own space a mini vacay for the senses.

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