Anyone who's traveled knows what it's like to find an extra pair of socks or fresh soap in your bag. You have to hold yourself back from shouting "Yes!" and doing a mini victory dance. Experience that feeling this Summer by packing these travel essentials that aren't just practical — they're pretty, too. Ahead, we've rounded up 10 finds that will take you from the concourse to the beach in style. What are you waiting for? Get globe-trotting!
Traveling is expensive; the last thing you need is to spend your vacation budget at the airport. If you're not careful, the cost of hidden fees and pricey food can easily break the bank and spend your sightseeing savings. From packing the essentials to lightening your load, these tips and tricks will save you money so you can spend your cash on the important things, like that tropical cocktail!
- Be your own entertainer: Put yourself on a boredom budget by packing everything you need to keep occupied. Download movies beforehand, and pack the magazines you haven't had time to read. Whatever you do, don't rely on airport WiFi. Besides being slow, it's expensive and not secure. If you travel often, consider a travel router or asking your cell phone provider about a personal mobile hotspot. For a small monthly fee, you will save on roaming charges and the cost of public WiFi.
- Lighten your load: Because most airlines charge a hefty fee for checked bags, carry on. Only pack the essentials and a foldable duffel in case you head home with souvenirs. If you must check a bag, stick with your airline rather than the airport porter to avoid having to tip.
- Snack smart: Since most airport meals are priced higher than average, plan your snacks and meals in advance. Don't rely on your airline for food, either; most flights no longer offer meal service. Consider pairing that (stingy) bag of peanuts with a sandwich or salad from home and carrying an empty water bottle to fill up. This will save you money and cut calories, too.
- Avoid the unexpected: Before you leave, pack a small emergency kit filled with essentials like aspirin, band-aids, and antinausea medicine. This will help you avoid the price newsstands charge on toiletries. Also, always carry cash. Having an allotted budget will prevent you from using credit or paying an ATM fee.
- Study up: A little research can go a long way and save you money. Before you pack, check the TSA's website for specific regulations to avoid having to toss belongings. Check your airline's website, too. You can often score coupons for free drinks and deals on transportation and hotels.
Thinking of going on a cruise anytime soon? Because of the all-inclusive nature and beautiful waterside destinations, hitting the high seas is a practical and effortless guaranteed good time. Still, there are things you can do — and bring — to ensure smooth sailing. Check out our list of cruise-packing essentials and let us know if you have any of your own.
- Bathing suits: Packing a swimsuit is a no brainer, but you'll want to bring more than one for all the different activities that take place on board.
- Medicines: You never know what will come up, so be prepared for headaches, coughs, and, of course, seasickness.
- Workout clothes: True, vacations are for relaxing, but all the fun activities and classes will be calling your name and will require t-shirts and running shoes.
- Camera: Whether it's a fancy DSLR or waterproof camera you picked up at a kiosk, capture all the fun memories with a snap.
- Sunscreen: You can never bring too much sunscreen, since you'll be reapplying all day long . . . right?
- Sweater or light jacket: If you stay out late one evening on shore or the air conditioning is blasting in the dining room, you'll be happy you packed something light to keep you warm.
- Formal attire: Most cruises have at least one night dedicated to formal wear, which means cocktail dresses for the ladies and blazers for the gentlemen.
If you constantly find yourself searching for coins or spending your weekend cash on that ever-so-frequent parking ticket, then the solution is hiding right in your phone. Thanks to smartphones, parking doesn't have to be painful, nor does if have to feel like a guessing game. With these six apps, the ability to track spots, compare prices, and pay your rates will make running errands around town feel much less stressful.
July may seem like the perfect time for a break, but what if your budget doesn't agree? No worries. You can get the rejuvenating effects of a vacation and create plenty of memories even if you stick close to home. Here are a few wallet-friendly "trips" to take in July without breaking the bank.
One thing we love about Summer travel: warm destinations mean fewer clothes to pack, and fewer clothes mean smaller luggage. Even for longer Summer getaways, you can usually squeeze by with a carry-on, avoiding baggage fees and fears of lost luggage. These carry-ons will keep you organized and contain everything you need for your vacation. Better yet, a lot of them are on sale.
Planning a vacation? Don't miss these 10 travel saving tips from Kiplinger.Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer travel season. So if you're planning to hit the road this weekend or to take a vacation over the coming months, then here are tips to help keep costs under control.
Save money on the road
Download free travel apps. You can save time and money by downloading mobile applications. For example, you can use your smartphone to comparison shop for the lowest gas prices in your zip code with a free app such as GasBuddy. Here are more free travel apps you should consider downloading.
Avoid unnecessary rental car fees. If you rent a car to avoid putting miles on your own, then make sure that you don't pay more than you have to by saying no to the add-ons rental companies offer. See How to Avoid Unnecessary Rental Car Fees for the extras you should avoid.
Save money when flying
Check fares often. To find the best price on a ticket, you need to check fares often because they fluctuate throughout the day, says George Hobica, founder of AirfareWatchdog.com. Seat availability also varies during the day. For example, Hobica says an airline might have just one seat available at the lowest fare at 10 a.m., but it will open up more cheap seats later in the day.
Sign up for fare alerts. Don't have time to check airfares every day? Sign up for alerts from airlines and travel sites — such as AirfareWatchdog.com and FareCompare.com — so you'll know if prices drop.
Read on for more tips for air travel and hotel savings.
I'm not sure if I know anyone who enjoys long flights — sitting too long in a cramped area just doesn't feel good. Also if you find yourself unable to sleep, you may end up feeling bored for hours. Check out these items that'll help your plane ride be a little more smooth and enjoyable.