How to Reduce the Stress of Traveling
The modern age travel can be super stressful. From trying to find space for your luggage on a packed plane to trying not get pick pocketed at busy tourist spots. Here are some quick, easy and cheap tips on how to reduce some of those stresses, so you can have a more enjoyable, stress-free holiday.
Step 1: Keep Your Handbag Safely Locked
One of the biggest stresses of travelling is trying not to get pick pocketed. You can buy expensive bags that are designed for this, but they are pricy!
A cheap way to replicate a very effected feature of these bags is to clip on a small carabiner onto the strap of your handbag. If your handbag zip has a loop, you can clip the loop through the carabiner. If it doesn’t have a loop, you can add a keychain ring onto the zip pull , then clip that onto your carabiner.
This doesn’t stop a determined mugger, but it will put off most of the opportunistic pick pockets. I even had one in Florence who tried to open my handbag and gave up when she couldn’t open it on the first go.Add
Step 2: Have a Plane/train Pouch for Easy Boarding
Have you ever seen another person on a train or a plane, who have found their seat, but won’t just sit down? They take their sweet time pulling out this and that thing from their various bags and pockets, things they’ll need for the journey. Everyone is huffing and puffing around them because you know, they want to get to their seats, and this person is taking up the whole aisle searching in their bags.
Let’s not be that person by having a train/plane pouch. Keep everything you normally need on a journey in a pouch. When you get to your seat, all have to do is pull out the pouch and you are done!
In my pouch I keep a inflatable pillow, a kindle, a notebook, a pen case and a charger for my phone and kindle. Since I’ve started doing this, getting onto a transport and settling down in my seat has become a breeze
Step 3: Carry a Retractable Cable Lock for Luggage on Trains
If your trip includes train journeys, I highly recommend one of these puppies. The retractable cable lock will allow you to lock your luggage onto he overhead luggage space. This is so important as it’s too easy for someone to just swipe your bag while you are distracted this has happen to friends of ours and so we never put anything up there without locking them onto something.
Step 4: Carry Two Wallets to Halve Any Loss
Another easy and cheap thing to do is carry two wallets. Carry the cash you need for that day in one, and use that wallet to pay for everything. Carry any emergency/back up cash in another wallet and never pull that out in public. They can’t pick pocket something they don’t know you are carrying!
This way, if the worst should happen, and you lose the main wallet, you will at least have some cash on you to get back to your hotel, etc.
Step 5: Pick Luggage That Zips Up Fully
When you go to select your luggage, try and buy one where all the pockets and compartments will zip up, and are able to be locked with a padlock. Then buy as many padlocks as there are zips on your backpack.
It reduces so much worry when you have to be on a busy metro that all your pockets are locked up and thus pickpockets would have a difficult time opening them without you noticing. It’s a good deterrent to them and they will move onto someone who has easy opening pockets instead.