Travel safe

I have been very lucky to travel a lot. With job, and alone. I wanted to talk about things that I do before and during the travel so I feel comfortable and safe when I’m somewhere new. I do not mind that much when I travel with my job as we are always very much looked after, but when I’m alone, it totally up to me. So if you wish to travel more, but you are unsure to go alone, this might be something you would like to read.

BE PREPARED

  • Travel insurance is just a basic, and very easy to make these days. I usually get one from here or here, depends on what I need (annual or just for a trip).
  • MONEY: ask your bank what is best to do when you are traveling, but so far for me has always worked to get money from the ATM in the country I am visiting – I get a big amount out and than spread it around – leave some in the wallet, some in the safe, some in the suitcase etc. just so you don’t walk around with a bulk of money.
  • Documents: you can leave your documents in the safe or in the locked suitcase so you don’t walk around with them, but only take the ones you will really need (no need to take the whole wallet with all the things!)
  • Chose a good bag you will be walking around with, that has zippers, and its preferably cross body, so you can pull it under your hand in front of your body and keep it safe for those walks with a crowd. I have been really happy with my Radley bag, because it has so many pockets to put in all you need for a day and it is still small enough to not feel too much pressure on your shoulders, but I think anything similar would be great.
  • Know where you are going! Plan how to get from airport to your hotel in advance. with a little google search it is easy to find the best way. I would say depending on your language situation: if you have hand language, always take public airport and save the pennies for something else, if you have lots of language, maybe consider Uber which is still cheaper than other private transports.
  • In the same line as the last point, make a plan what you want to see, check google maps how to get there, if you plan to walk – see the best route, if you take the bus or underground – check how they work, how to get tickets and ALWAYS screenshot the routes you are planing to make so you can refer back to them when you have no data on your phone. That way you will also sort of know where to go and will not look confused –  you will blend in the crowd well and be less of a target for pick pockets.

 

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PACK LIGHT/RIGHT

  • Take only the things you need clothes wise and technology wise. Remember you will have to leave all your big valuables in the hotel.
  • Another useful tip I learned along the way is comfort before beauty. Unfortunately if you don’t have a personal driver and someone to wheel you around than you might need to just use your own feet. And if they do not have appropriate shoes on, they might not be very happy – which will make you unhappy and prevent you from being thing you wanted in a beautiful new city. That said, comfortable shoes can still look really nice! So don’t worry you will still look just as good on your insta posts but you will also be comfortable! Win win! 😁 So far I’m about to try the brand Ecco and Geox as I thought they look really nice and comfortable. Would definitely love some personal recommendations though!
  • Pack multifunction clothes (like a hoodie – useful In the rain, warm and has pockets etc)
  • Plan outfits in advance – to save you space in the suitcase and time in the morning.

 

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USE COMMON SENSE

  • Look around yourself when you are walking on the streets and in crowded places like around attractions
  • Notice other people and what they are doing
  • There is always a lot of police around these days so maybe have an eye on where they are located just in case you ever need them
  • Do not flash money or values around for everyone to see (make sure you zip your bag back when you open it)
  • When you have headphones – have in on low to medium volume so you can still hear what is happening around you! I am obsessed with my new ones – click here if you want to give them a try!
  • Walk confident, like you know exactly where you are and what are you doing. If you don’t maybe walk a little more out of the crowd or sit on the bench in the park and than have a look on the map etc.

 

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THINGS YOU CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT

  • Extra phone charger – I love this one.
  • One thing I have in abundance is Lip balm/gloss – I swear by this ones that I found very randomly, and i like them because they smell good and stay on. Your lips can get so dry when you’re traveling so having a decent lip balm helps.
  • COOL TIP : If you swab your nose with a little Neosporin before you leave the house, you will not be nauseous on the road (tested and if surpassingly works for me – I would get nauseous every time I travel) and would cling to San peregrino mineral water like my life depends on it. I’m kind of good now – but I still like the mineral water 😉
  • Good moisturiser for your face is essential  (traveling dries your skin a ton, also because you don’t drink enough). I love love this serum by Caudalie  and a face mask by Aveene. To me they make miracles and they are travel friendly!

 

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So this is about it. I tried to search and link as many products I could find for you to have an example of what I actually use. If you have any questions or thoughts do write them down here in the comments or on instagram. I would love to hear about your experiences and what do you do to keep safe and comfortable on your travels.

Safe travels everyone! xx

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Travel light

I must say that I finally reached the travel light stage. If you are not familiar with what that is – this is the stage when you realise your need for things is less important that you being able to easily manoeuvre your suitcase on your travel. I am totally guilty of packing for a month when only going away for weekend, and let’s all be totally honest, how many thing at the end you really use?

But there is a few things I never go without and I will share it with you. I am super sensitive when changing locations, it never gets old, no mater how much I travel. I often will get super sensitive to driving in cars, water and food. Depending on how tired my body is (if working 24 h for a week) I am easy to get hit by anything. But I can’t really be sick or unable to work, so I developed a stash of things I always take with me.

First of all is Medicinal charcoal. I swear by this stuff! In my family we have been using that for a very long time, but it is only now becoming popular worldwide. Helps with food poisoning, indigestion, bloating ect. so if you are sensitive and you’re going to a new country then I would pack them up! But it is not recommended for pregnant women, so if you’re pregnant I would suggest probiotics or hot lemon tea- that will also do wonders!

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Next thing is available at every airport and it’s San Pellegrino sparkling water. If you feel nauseous on your travel, this helps a lot. From all the sparkling waters in the world (well the ones I happen to try) I like this one the best. It is also good as you can get it nearly everywhere.

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Peppermint tea. I never travel without! It has the ability to improve digestion, reduce pain and eliminate inflammation. Plus it’s good to calm and relax your body and reduces nausea. If you don’t yet, stash a few tea bags in your purse, they might become useful. I’m very snobby about my peppermint tea but, Teekanne and Clipper are my favourite brands.

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If your blood sugar drops quickly and you need to have meals regularly, that I would suggest to have a stash of snacks in your purse. We all know traveling for work or traveling in general is unpredictable so it’s better to be prepared. I like to have some bars, nuts or crackers in my bag – tat really does not take too much space but will save you the trouble of feeling nauseous. My favourite are: Kind bars, Pulsin protein bars and my latest obsession Blevita Spelt crackers in cinnamon flavour – they are so easy to take anywhere! It is also just fine if you put some nuts in a small sellable bag – I tend to take dry stuff with me as then I don’t have to worry about anything getting messy.

 

One last thing when on the road is a travel phone charger. It’s true you can now charge your phone at a lot of places, but there is still going to be some roads you’ll take when your battery is dying and you need your phone to last you. This is where the travel charger come in handy. I swear by the brand Anker as I firstly love their design, how small it is and its amazing power. It is so travel friendly I always keep it in my bag (just don’t forget to charge it!)

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There, this is my top things to take with me when traveling. If you feel some tips helped you please let me know! If you have any other must haves for traveling –  I would love to know! Sharing is caring! 😉

The Lovely Nanny xx