I love spring time for one reason: it gets me closer to summer. Sure, April showers bring May flowers, but they last too long and make my hair frizzy. Summer is my time to fly, baby.
For some reason, summer makes me feel like I have the world in my hands. The couple to the left must be feeling the same way – I should call them. In the summertime, I feel like I can do anything, be anyone and go anywhere on a whim. Ever feel like that? Whether it be a last minute weekend flight or a spontaneous road trip, there’s no better time to do it than when the sun is out.
Oh Traveling, I Love You & Loathe You at the Same Time
The only problem I have with traveling is that sometimes, preparing for it and actually doing it is just plain annoying. When you’re flying, ever notice it’s always the little things that send you into a panic while en route? You forget your ID, your boarding pass disappears from your jeans pocket, you realize you’re barefoot in the security line at the last minute (holy foot fungus, Batman) there’s nowhere to plug in your cell phone charger, you’re bored on the plane…DOH! If you’re road trippin’ it, you can run out of gas, run out of snacks and generally run out of patience while sitting 6 inches away from your travel buddy. Even the coolest travel companion can force you to mentally go to your “happy place.”
Say Goodbye to the Travel “Ahhhhs!”
Ok, since I’m all about positivity in life, I’m gonna turn this frown upside down. All of these annoyances are usually worth it when you arrive at your destination, whether it’s a weekend music festival, a visit with an old friend, a camping trip or a honeymoon in Greece — but I’m here to tell you that these annoyances are avoidable!
Let’s take a look at 5 items that will make summer travel as easy as pie.
1) Piel Hanging Passport Holder
You don’t need to be traveling internationally to stay organized. I’m telling you, forget your purse, forget your jeans pocket and forget everything else when it comes to keeping your ID, your baggage tags, your itinerary, and your boarding pass together. I know you want to look cool with your cute Coach wallet, but no one cares what you look like if you’re making them late while you frantically dig in your purse. Throw your necessary tickets and ID in this and wear it around your neck. Sure, you might look like a tourist, but you won’t be getting dirty looks for holding up the line, slowpoke!
2) Unisex Disposable Ankle Socks
Ok, I’m not even that big of a germaphobe – I taught 1st grade, so I couldn’t be. But I can’t help but cringe when I’m in the security line and I realize my open toed Guess heels were a bad decision. Sure, they totally make my outfit, but wearing them totally makes me go barefoot through the metal detector. Yikes! I just can’t do it Captain – I don’t have the power! Who knows who decided not to shower for a few days pre-airport. I can’t risk the fungus amungus by going barefoot. What I can risk is sporting these unisex disposable socks. All you gotta do is throw them on, walk through the metal detector, grab your stuff, and throw them out. You still get to showcase your airplane fashion, without getting the heebie geebies.
3) Multi-function Battery Charger
So you finally arrive at your gate, beaming from your organizational skills and your fungus-free footsies, only to realize that your phone is dead. Doh! Now you can’t text your friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, mom or dad to let them know you got there safely and all is good. Well, just charge your phone. Hmmm, well you don’t really want to sit on the floor, and all the outlets are taken anyway. No worries! Just grab your freshly charged battery out of this wall charger and you’re good to go. No cords, no charging, no waiting. Trust me on this one — once you buy one of these, you will NEVER go back to a charger with any sort of cord. The time you save by always having a fresh battery ready to pop in your phone is darn near amazing. And you won’t ever forget it because you will become obsessed with it, like I am. Seriously, I dream about this thing.
4) High Road Entertainment Organizer
If you happen to be road-tripping it, good for you. There’s nothin’ like some good tunes, a little wind in your hair and the open road to clear your mind. But let’s keep in mind that during this road trip, you need the essentials at your fingertips. This road trip organizer has 8 pockets for all your goodies. For your iPod, your cell phone, your Kindle, your snacks, your itineraries, your receipts….anything you need within reaching distance. It hangs from the headrest so you have more room to stretch, too. You can even put snack wrappers in there, cuz if you’re like me, you’re OCD when you’re driving. If I can see the trash, I must pull over immediately. Like my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Beeson said, “a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind.” Same applies to a cluttered car. I need to have a clear mind to have deep road trip conversations with my travel buddies. I need as many stories as possible to embarrass them at their future weddings. Cuz that’s what good friends do.
5) Google Latitude on Your Phone
If you’re one car in a road trip caravan, it’s always good to keep tabs on each other. If you leave at different times but want to make sure your buddies are safe and sound, install Google Latitude on both of your phones and you’ll be good to go. You can see your friends’ location and watch their cute little faces move as they drive toward your destination. You can’t track anyone without their permission, so the stalker factor is a non-issue. It’s super fun to see if your friends actually left on time, too. They’ll forget they agreed to share locations with you, so you can bust them for oversleeping….glorious.
As you can see, the typical travel annoyances we all must face can easily be avoided with these 5 simple and affordable items. And Google Latitude is free! Can’t complain about that. In the words of Robert Frost:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.”
I’m willing to bet that after he took the road less traveled, he looked for his buddy on Google Latitude. I’m just sayin’.