Embrace Outside with Molly Hurford

Truck Living — Life Sportive

Some of my favorite tips and tricks picked up these last two years, in no particular order:

  • Thinking about travel, even domestically? Get your passport now (or make sure it’s renewed), just in case
  • Traveling abroad? Check into things like visas and how your phone will work in that country well in advance. You don’t want to be sprinting through Times Square to pick up your visa from the embassy at 4:55 on a Friday when you’re flying on Saturday. Trust me.
  • Get a freaking flu shot. The last thing you want is to come down with the flu, and traveling opens you up to a lot of germs. Personal experience here: a 106 degree fever alone in a hotel room sucks.
  • Pockets and compartments are your friend, especially on long trips where keeping things organized is key.
  • Pashminas are maybe the smartest thing you can pack: warm, stylish, and can double as a skirt or a shirt in a pinch
  • Say it with me: Flu. Shot.
  • Check local weather but be prepared for anything, always.
  • Travel as light as possible — leave room for souvenirs (think weight limits when flying — a $7 luggage scale could save you a $50 overcharge)
  • Bring a spare empty totebag. If needed, you can use it as a carry-on to avoid going over weight limits, and when you get to your destination, it’s nice to have a bag to tote around that doesn’t need to be unpacked and repacked before you leave
  • When packing, make a list of what you’ll be doing where you’re going, and make a list from that of essentials. You may not want to wander around town in your running shoes, for example.

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