Quick and Easy Travel Tips
Use a packing list. Update and edit your own gear list and adhere to it religiously.
Pack photocopies of your itinerary, passport and phone numbers in multiple bags.
If you are headed to the tropics, pack your rain jacket for quick access.
Reel handles can break. Wrap them in clothes or put them in a padded case.
Hand-write important contact numbers and bring them with you.
Weigh checked luggage at home to be sure it’s under the limit and avoid additional fees.
Wear slip-on shoes for easier clearance through airport security.
Bring a fleece, even to warm climes. Mornings and evenings are often cool, and airplanes are notorious for being cold.
Bring cash in small bills for tips and be sure that all bills are in new or mint condition.
Roll your clothes when packing, never fold or bunch. Use clothes to protect fragile items.
Rig as much tackle as possible (backing, lines, leaders, etc.) before you leave home. Be ready to fish as soon as you arrive at your destination.
Take a lot of photos. Great photos are the ultimate souvenirs.
Travel insurance is worth purchasing for big-ticket trips that are largely nonrefundable.
Insect repellent goes on every trip, even the ones for which people say you won’t need it!
Don’t be afraid. The world is not nearly as dangerous as the media makes it out to be. Use common sense and you’ll almost always be OK.
Remember: If you’re not sure about packing something, you probably don’t need it.