Some tips on traveling safer and smarter is a great place for new travelers to start with planning their trips. The tips below can ease new travelers into becoming traveling pros. Create a list of what needs to be packed. Anywhere from a week to a few months before you go on your trip, make a list of the things you absolutely need to pack. This can especially help you if you are in a rush to pack, as it will prevent you forgetting things or including unnecessary items.

Go for the aisle seat. While a window seat offers a view, an aisle seat allows you easy access to restrooms, overhead baggage and flight attendants; in addition, you do not have a person crowding you on one side. Be cautious when traveling to foreign destinations. Criminals may pose as government or police officials. Don’t give anyone your original passport, because this could set you up for theft. If you are asked to travel to any offices, insist on walking. Don’t ride with someone you don’t know.

When you plan a trip, taking a digital camera that fits your trip is a good idea. For example, if you will be camping you may want to pack additional batteries. Make sure the camera starts and focuses quickly so you capture every shot. Purchasing tickets online and printing them at home can be a real time saver, so look into this option if you are planning on seeing a specific attraction or amusement park. The often nominal purchase fee is usually well worth the time saved, when you are able to skip the long lines at the ticket office. Also, check to see if the attraction offers timed entry, as these can allow you to skip lines within the park as well.

Give a copy of your itinerary to a family member. That way, someone at home will know where are are at all times. Maintain contact via the Internet to ensure someone is always aware of your plans. By letting them know how your trip is going and where you are, it gives them peace of mind that you are safe. If you are taking a road trip with kids, take along a couple cookie sheets. Cookie sheets can provide flat surfaces on which kids can use coloring books or even to play card games. Bring numbers and letters if you have small children. The advice above should get you off to a solid start as far as planning out your trip goes. You want to be safe, and you want to make smart decisions so that you encounter nothing but fun.

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