Packing Tips That Would Make Your Life Easy

Nearly everyone loves traveling around the world. But hardly anyone wants to pack for their trip. That is how tricky packing might be for many. Some of us tend to leave this nightmarish task till the very last moment. Others would constantly stress over it and would try to take a very long time in successfully packing for their entire trip. Of course, what you eventually decide to put in your luggage depends upon where you’re off to.

Packing is never as difficult as it appears. Like any aspect of traveling, it does require a rigorous planning without which you’re likely to miss out on something. There are a lot of puzzles that travelers have to solve once they begin packing. We’ll help you to merrily solve all of these!

1. Checklist

Yes, you’ve been packing wrong all your life. It is still appalling to witness travelers trying to pack without preparing a checklist. Not doing so is certainly going to increase your chances of going wrong. Therefore, when it’s time to pack, take a good time in preparing a checklist. Write all the items that you would potentially need on your trip. Once that checklist is made, lay down all the items infront of you to examine if you really need to carry them along. Take out any extra item. Once done, start ticking the items that have landed in your luggage!

2. Methods to Pack

Since the space will be confined, you need to find effective ways to get more storage space. How you pack your items have a huge significance! For backpackers, rolling the clothes works out to be ideal. For items that you’re not worried about having wrinkles, it is an excellent way to add more space to your luggage. In this way, the smaller items can fit in easily inside the larger ones without consuming any space.

Folding can also help you to secure more space. Two garments can be easily folded together in order to take less area. Since each item now has some cushion, they’re less likely to be damaged in this manner.

3. Baggage Policy

It would be a misery to assume anything. To be on the safer side, it is essential to learn about the baggage policy of the airline before you begin traveling. Airlines are often tricky when it comes to these charges. In order to avoid any awkward situation for yourself, it would be good to know what your airline charges.

4. Choose the garments sensibly

While a lot of us want to be safe when it comes to packing, it is important to choose the garments carefully. Depending upon the weather conditions, opt for clothing that can be used with multiple combinations. In this way, you wouldn’t have to face the misery of over packing. Traveling light is what every traveler must aim for.

Frugal Travel Tips For Prague

Prague is a favorite destination for many backpackers. The youth culture gives the city vitality and the frugal travel deals are plentiful.

The Prague Card

Most European cities offer a city card which for one flat, reasonable fee gives the traveler discounts and free admission to attractions. In Prague, this city card is an especially good deal. For 740 CZK, travelers gain free entrance to over 50 city attractions including Prague Castle attractions. For an additional 220 CZK, travelers can obtain a 3 day unlimited transit pass.

The Prague Card can be purchased at the airport, tourist information booths, and some hotels.

Royal Route

The Royal Route is a picturesque winding street leading from the gates of the old town to Prague Castle. It is clearly marked on the sidewalk with a silver arrow (the silver line). Along the route are sights such as the House Of The Black Madonna, Old Town Square (with its wonderful Astronomical Clock) and Charles Bridge.

Note: There are quaint though expensive shops lining the Royal Route. For inexpensive souvenirs, one of the many markets would be a better choice. For the classic Prague souvenir, the famous Bohemian Crystal, try stores as far away from the touristy old town as possible.

Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge is a beautiful pedestrian bridge and ranks as one of the most photographed attractions in the city. The bridge truly comes to life at dusk with buskers, artists and musicians lining it.

Changing Of The Guard

There is admission charged to entry Prague Castle but watching the changing of the guards is free. The guards are changed every hour (this attraction can get crowded so try to see it early in the day). Once a day at noon, there is a grander display. Unlike guards at other castles, travelers can stand next to these Royal Guards for great photo opportunities.

Saving money on these experiences will allow the frugal traveler to splurge on the rather pricey but not to be missed Prague Castle and a purchase of the fine Bohemian Crystal and other glassworks.

Travel Tips You May Not Know About

If you travel regularly for business and/or pleasure, you’re probably aware of many of the standard travel tips, such as booking in advance and keeping your luggage weight under 50 lbs to avoid an additional weight fee. But for the savvy traveler, we offer some lesser known, off the beaten path advice to help you save money and cut down on travel stress.

Sign up for the TSA’s PreCheck Program. If you travel a lot, you may want to look into the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck trusted traveler security screening option. PreCheck members are eligible for expedited security screenings at participating airports. More than 336,000 passengers have gone through the PreCheck lane already. PreCheck is currently available at New York’s Kennedy, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Los Angeles airports for members of American Airline’s AAdvantage program, and at Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City airports for Delta SkyMiles members. The TSA announced that US Airways, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines will begin PreCheck operations later this year. PreCheck is also available to members of the Customs and Border Protection agency’s Global Entry program.

Be aware of new airline ticket pricing rules. Early this year, the Department of Transportation (DOT) passed new rules requiring commercial airlines to be more transparent in how they advertise their ticket prices. In the past, airlines would advertise just the base price of the ticket. Now, airlines must disclose to ticket buyers the total price of the ticket, including round-trip fare, plus mandatory federal taxes, airport and any other fees a passenger must pay. Be aware that, when you shop online for a ticket, the advertised price now includes government and airport taxes and additional fees. Realize that now, because previously-hidden fees are included in a ticket’s advertised price, what we consider a good price for a ticket will be more than in the past.

Save money with smart travel apps. Going on a road trip? With gas prices what they are, take advantage of technology. There are plenty of smartphone applications out there. Check out GasBuddy, FuelFinder, iGasUp and TripTik Mobile to find the gas stations with the best prices. Use Route4me, Waze or Google Maps Navigation to find the most fuel efficient route. RoadAhead for iPhones lets you know your location on the highway, and the services and gas prices at upcoming exits.

When traveling abroad with your smartphone, let your service provider know so you are activated for international use. To avoid high pay-per-use rates, use the data portion/Internet access only when you need to check e-mail. Use free Wi-Fi whenever possible, but never to access bank accounts or personal financial information. Don’t connect to networks titled “free public Wi-Fi.”They are often unsecured networks created by hackers. Also, be aware of the roaming rates, especially in European countries.