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Travel Tips from The Everywhereist

We just found a really good travel blog out there by someone called The Everywhereist, who’s probably a lot like you – mature, adventurous, and funny. Some time ago, she blogged a list of “tips and tricks that I’ve gleaned from my many copious mistakes.” We thought we’d share some of them with you.

And here’s the link to her website. Read it. She’s great!

Packing for a trip is infinitely easier when you’ve just done laundry.

You will never wear that second dressy outfit, so stop packing it. Most trips, you won’t even wear the first dressy outfit (but you should still pack that one)

Don’t pack clothes that require ironing. Hell, don’t buy clothes that require ironing.

Always pack a hat. In the winter, a knit hat will keep you warm and take up little room. In the summer, a brimmed hat will keep the sun off your face. In either case, it will save you when your straightening iron doesn’t work in the trapezoidal electrical socket you found in your hotel room.

Never pack something that you haven’t worn before. Otherwise you’ll find your new shoes too uncomfortable, your new jacket too flimsy, your new underwear too wedgie-prone.

Pack more underwear than you could ever conceivably go through. They don’t take up much room, and after a few days on the road, you will feel FRIGGING DECADENT when you put on a fresh pair in the morning and again in the afternoon.

Pack those god-awful tennis shoes you only wear “jogging” (a.k.a., “to the store to buy ice cream”) At some point during your trip, you won’t care what you look like. You will only care about being comfortable. For me, that point is “Day 2.”

If you hate wearing something at home, you will hate wearing it even more on a trip.

That gives you some idea about The Everywhereist. Isn’t she great?