Practical Travel Tips To Make Life On The Road Easier

Novices in travel need tips and advice to get started on the right foot. Here are a few tips to get you started in making better trip planning decisions. You must plan ahead and allocate time for fun; that is why it’s to your advantage to learn things from these tips.

Prepare ahead of time if you’ll be traveling by airplane. Just reaching the airport can be difficult to do quickly, especially if you are traveling through a major city during rush hour. Always have your suitcase packed the night before your flight. Ensure that everything is planned out and packed before your trip. Missing your flight will cost you precious time and money.

Get educated about foreign food ingredients to prevent unintentional exposure to allergens. The more severe your food allergies are, the more important it is to learn key food terms in the local language. By doing this, you can tell any wait staff or food handlers that you must avoid these certain foods or, even in a worst case scenario, you need to be able to tell medical professionals what is wrong.

Consider your food allergies, if you have them, when you are traveling to foreign countries. If you have food allergies, you should familiarize yourself with the foreign language names of your allergies. That way you can ask the waitstaff if their selections have the allergen in their ingredients.

Anytime you are going to be driving to a different city before going on a cruise, check to see if there is a hotel that has fee parking, and get there the night before. Always ask about parking deals and discounts, even if you don’t find any advertised.

If, to get to your cruise travel port, you need to drive your car into a city, consider arriving the day before and finding a hotel with free parking. Always ask about parking deals and discounts, even if you don’t find any advertised.

Exercise before you get on the airplane. This will not only help you to work out pre-flight jitters, it will also warm up your muscles to help you avoid cramps during a long flight. Sitting in one position for a long period of time can cramp up your legs and back. You will be more relaxed during your flight and can help avoid body aches by stretching before your flight.

If you plan to travel abroad, find out ahead of time whether you will need a visa to be allowed into any of the countries you will visit. Visas might take a while to process, so give yourself enough time to apply and receive it. Keep in mind that you can’t enter some countries without a valid visa.

Travel is a great teaching tool, especially for children and young adults. With the right choices and precautions, there are many places in the world you can go and educate your children by opening the world to them. Spending time abroad is a great way to build an understanding of, and tolerance for, other cultures.

Get yourself a National Parks Pass if you think you will be visiting often. The pass is $50, and it can be used at any of the parks for a year.

Hopefully, you have found a good amount of help in this advice. Don’t let your fear of traveling hold you back; with these tips you’ll be prepared for any situation.
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34 Comments

  • Jenae Wordell 7th November 2013 at 8:46 pm

    i have a test and im pretty nervous what advice what you give me the ones who have passed this is my first attempt and i hope to pass 1 time

  • Pat Bierle 7th November 2013 at 8:46 pm

    He doesn’t really have any hobbies that i could buy for – he enjoys sport but he has already done the stadium tour and been on sporting trips so i wanted to get something different. He’s not really into music or film so cd’s etc are out. I have already bought him the usual idea of a watch and camera etc on past birthdays!! Any tips or ideas would be welcome – i’m really struggling to think. I have looked at websites but there’s nothing that catches my eye. It’s not until September so i have some time but could do with planning asap! Thanks.

  • Hobert Vanderwood 7th November 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Its our first time out of California and I have no clue what I will need for the move, not to mention we’ll be getting married right before we leave! Any help, tips, advice is welcome. Thanks!!!

  • Isabella Wineinger 7th November 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I keep developing more and more food allergies. First I became lactose intolerant. Then couldn’t eat peanut butter or sunflower seeds. Now it seems I have suddenly become gluten (wheat) sensitive. And that last one came on suddenly after a lifetime of eating, and baking, whole grain bread. Has anybody else had a food allergy start late in life without warning?
    Thanks to all.

  • Letha Menjes 7th November 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I usually have no problem finding vegetarian/vegan options at any restaurant. However, since I’ve learned of my food allergies (sesame, sunflower, tree nuts,) I’ve been reluctant to eat at restaurants! It’s difficult enough to find options to eat at home (since many vegan options include sunflower oil.) How can I find away to eat out or even at dinner parties? I’m embarrassed to tell hosts all of my dietary restrictions!

  • Bertram Boast 7th November 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I have food allergies to several things (peanut, onion, soy, and beans/peas are the major ones) and was planning on going in the Army as an officer from ROTC. Would these allergies completely keep me from being able to join or can I get some sort of medical waver? I really don’t want to lie to anyone about it, but even then I always have an Epi-pen and some Antihistamine on me… Any thoughts? Thanks in advance…

  • Ariel Waelti 7th November 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I took my 8 month old puppy to the vet because she has been scratching a lot lately. He said that it’s likely she has allergies he’s just not sure what she’s allergic to. He told me to give her benedryl throughout the day and bathe her with special shampoo. After doing some research on the internet I’ve come to the conclusion that it may be food allergies. Before I start cooking her all of these different types of diets I was wondering if anyone had been through the same thing and had any suggestions. I realize that different dogs are allergic to different things but any advice on a good food for dogs with food allergies would be great.

  • Flora Juras 7th November 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I am going to start my dog on a raw food diet and was wondering what to feed him? He has food allergies so I know chicken is a no. What about turkey and duck? And are there any other meats he would likely be allergic too? A list of meats I COULD feed him would be helpful. He is a 9 year old 35lb beagle. The food allergies give him skin irritations and itches non stop.

  • Xiomara Norland 7th November 2013 at 9:29 pm

    My vet speculates that our dog has food allergies and recommend we switch foods, but he didn’t really give us any options. Anyone have any suggestions ?

  • Petrina Bilal 7th November 2013 at 9:33 pm

    She has hot spots and hair loss around her butt area and on her tail. She scratches excessively. We are treating her hot spots and I am trying to find a food that is suitable to feed her to get rid of the food allergies.

    I know Wellness is a good food, but are there other options out there (without a RX for the food) that will be just as good?

  • Earnest Albin 7th November 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I am getting a large breed dog who has food allergies. He is allergic to wheat, corn, and soy products. I am looking for a brand of dog food that is sold in the United States. Does anyone know any or have dogs with a similar condition?

  • Jarrett Ambrosino 7th November 2013 at 9:40 pm

    My niece is 14 and she is always having
    symptoms such (might be tmi) as diaherria and
    extreme stomach pain to the point she would skip
    school and was pratically addicted to imodium
    because if her symptoms. So I made her an
    appointment at the allergy clinic to get checked
    but she skipped it after reading that you have to
    be pricked on your back to see your reaction to
    certain things (she has extreme fear of needles)
    but I thought that was not required for food allergy so what exactly will they do to check for food allergies?

  • Krystal Klobucar 7th November 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Hello, my little sister has severe eczema, severe food allergies, & asthma.

    Her diet is very bland, but she is allowed to have fruits, (except for citrus.) chicken, & rice.

    I’m looking for some nice food recipes to make her diet a little better for her. She has such a hard time, seeing everyone else eat & not wanting the kind of foods she can have.

    Are there any recipes you know of that would help her to better love the foods she can have?

    Thanks!

  • Lynn Manion 7th November 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Hi, I plan on becoming a female pilot in the Air Force but I have multiple food allergies and am required to carry an epi pen with me at all times. Sometimes I have a reaction just from exercise alone. Could this prevent me from becoming a pilot?

  • Divina Evener 7th November 2013 at 9:55 pm

    My doc has suggested an “elemental” diet for me to get relief from a disorder that is caused by severe food allergies. This stuff is the liquid “food” that they tube feed people in a coma. It just has what you need to survive in it, nothing else. It’s expensive and, obviously, extremely limiting. However, I’ll do pretty much anything to get relief. Anyone have experience with this stuff?

  • Mitch Jasik 7th November 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I’m a girl from Massachusetts and, unfortunately, my boyfriend lives 200 miles away. I haven’t seen him since July and now that I’m on winter break I finally have the chance. My mother works most of the time and does not want to drive 4 hours to southern Connecticut to find a ferry.

    My question for you all… can you help me find public transportation from Massachusetts to Long Island? Anywhere central to eastern Mass is preferable. Boston area would be great. I’d rather not go to New York City since I’d be alone with luggage and I don’t know the area well since I’ve only been there once. If this is the only method possible, then I’m absolutely fine with it. Cheap and safe, please.

    This will mean the world to me. I’ve been in a long distance relationship for the past 5 years, going from 3000 miles to 200 when he moved. We love each other very much and otherwise may not be able to see each other for another 6 months. Help two kids completely in love?

  • Sang Palka 8th November 2013 at 11:17 am

    I recently was tested for food allergies and found that I am allergic to pretty much everything that would be in an everyday normal diet including yeast, rice, eggs, dairy, wheat, rye, barley, and sugar cane. Could there be a possibility that being allergic to one food could make a body sensitive to other foods? And if this food was eliminated from a diet would the other allergies go away?

  • Jame Derousselle 8th November 2013 at 11:30 am

    My dad have some food allergies like that time he takes sea foods. Food allergies can develop at any time, Soit is not possible to go hospital every time for him. Is any home treatment for food allergies? Any websites provided the details of hyponotherapy?Please anybody help.

  • Woodrow Arthurs 8th November 2013 at 11:32 am

    Why can’t people with food allergies suffer minor aches and pains? Instead, they suffer serious and severe pain to a point that one needs to go to emergency room. It can be so deadly that possible death can occur. Why is that?

  • Maxwell Fitzmier 8th November 2013 at 11:33 am

    I have a lot of food allergies and I know a nutritionist and she said that she could get rid of some of them. So now I have an appointment but I have no idea what to expect! What will she do to make them go away?? Answers ASAP appreciated!!

  • Drema Faletti 8th November 2013 at 11:37 am

    I am a big fan of grilling but my girlfriend has food allergies (gluten, lactose, eggs) I am looking at getting a grill but would like something that has two grilling sections. One for anything and everything, and another where I can safely cook her food. If you have any suggestions or recommendations please let me know!

    Thanks

  • Sammie Montesano 8th November 2013 at 11:45 am

    I have other food allergies as well to seafood, fruits, beef, eggs, the list goes on. But i’ve heard of a few types of drinks but i just turned 21 and want to know what to drink. Any help would be great!!! Thank you!

  • Bryon Inclan 8th November 2013 at 11:16 pm

    The vet thinks that my Bullmastiff puppy has food allergies. Does anyone know any homemade treat recipes for dogs that I could make him?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Ethyl Prem 9th November 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I agree that people with food allergies should be warned, but I recently bought a jar of mustard and there was a warning on the label. Contains mustard. (!)
    Yesterday I bought a packet of ‘instant’ mashed potato. There was a warning about the ingredients: May contain traces of milk. OK, fine for people who are lactose intolerant, but the instructions for reconstituting the flakes said I should add milk.

  • Ok Arnsworth 9th November 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I have recently been diagnosed with a large amount of food allergies and the majority are healthy food items including soy and all legumes, peanuts, all nuts except almonds, rice, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, and a variety of other seeds, broccoli, turkey, cocoa beans, fish and seafood and this is just to the things I was tested for. It seems that most healthy cooking today includes one or more of these items and soy is found in everything. I am looking for some everyday great recipes that are healthy.

  • Nelly Logue 9th November 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I have really severe food allergies mostly to tree nuts. I have a lot of medications I take to try and reduce my symptoms(i have hayfever year round as well) but nothing seems to be working for me. My best shot is to try some natural medicines. I’m also on inhalers for asthma. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  • Shira Collen 9th November 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I’m not asking for philosophical guessing. This might be a question for those who have more knowledge of veternary science, comparative anatomy or maybe anthropology. From what I know about animals, they don’t have food allergies but most have much narrower diets. Are food allergies a product of something different about our immune system? Do other animals have no eosinophylls in their blood?

  • Darius Craffey 9th November 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I’ve recently learned that my dog has food allergies. She now on a grain free food that is mainly Lamb and potato. She loves rawhide bones but they make her itch. Are there special bones I should buy for her? They make her teeth and breath so much better too. Please help if you can!

  • Sam Trentini 9th November 2013 at 10:38 pm

    What is the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities? Please provided any home treatments or any website address which have all informations? Is both are curable?

  • Pandora Baumkirchner 10th November 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I have a dog that may have food allergies. If he does, what is the best dog food to feed him? Right now he is on Natural Balance “Limited Ingredients Diets” Sweet Potato & Bison formula, but he still have rashes on his stomach.

  • Dann Folden 10th November 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I was just diagnosed yesterday with several food allergies (as well as airborne allergies).My question pertains to the soy and peanut allergies. Please tell me which treatment is efficetive for food allergy?

  • Kendal Plaut 10th November 2013 at 1:59 pm

    My five year old son’s food allergies are so severe he cannot go to public shcool because they cannot guarantee that he will not come in contact with the foods he is allergic to. He does not have to ingest the foods just be near them or have any contact with a person or thing that the allergins came in contact with.

  • Arla Austerberry 12th November 2013 at 6:57 am

    My nieces have food allergies and would like to make them some cookies (all of the cookies given to the family as gifts throughout the holidays were off limits to them, poor things!). They are allergic to the following: eggs, soy, peanuts, and wheat. Any ideas? I’ve read that you can use rice flour in place of the white flour, but would prefer to use oats if that’s possible (kind of like the chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies). thanks for any ideas!!
    sorry, crusty! soy is off limits to them!

  • Fawn Gelber 12th November 2013 at 7:45 pm

    After just spending £36 on a 2 week supply of Hills z/d food for my staffy/lab can you recommend a good homemade diet for a dog with food allergies? or a cheaper product?…this cost is on top of his steroid injections every 10 days until he is better .(he is insured but this doesnt cover the food needed to keep him well). Does anyone use a diet that has worked ?we also have another dog and 2 cats to care for hence the cost issue!
    Thanks for the great answers so far.He has had tests at the vets to determine the allergy including blood tests but the results didnt show what it was! but he is suffering with sore and itchy skin and has gone bald around his eyes.