Quick and Easy Travel Tips

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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.

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