NOTE: THIS POST/CATEGORY IS NOT LIMITED TO TEENS
Welcome y’all to the newest ‘segment’ on my blog, It’s A Teen Thing where I’ll share things like advises, tips & tricks, do’s and don’ts, tutorials, and other teenage things! This segment, however, is not limited to teens only (as stated above). It’s called “it’s a teen thing” because these are my insights on things I’ll share here as a teen. I know, it doesn’t make much sense to me either. Anyway, let’s get this blog started!
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Travelling abroad. One of the most thrilling, euphoric, and most-awaited moments in anyone’s life. You get to ride on a plane, taste airline food, and go to a place that’s entirely (or mostly) different from your hometown! It’s nearly impossible to have a settled and quiet mind when your excitement’s being dominant; and when your innocent heart is too active due to nervousness and curiosity of what lies ahead.
However, one must remember to always control thyself because the chances of forgetting important things are extremely high, and you wouldn’t want to travel without your beloved summer dress or your make up kit, right?
So without further ado, here are my tips & tricks when travelling abroad!
Tip #1: Prepare your things ahead of time.
You might ask yourself, “why would she state the obvious? No one would dare pack things overnight!” Well, I hate to burst your bubbles folks, but most people — especially us teens — tend to overestimate ourselves and tell our parents the overused line: “I can pack everything the night before, I’m not really bringing a lot.” and when that night comes, we’ll be losing time to sleep because we’re too busy packing and checking if we missed something — and ending up leaving something behind. Believe me, I know. I left my blanket, a couple of notebooks, my favorite pajama, and other unnecessary things in the Philippines before heading to Canada; even though I packed a week before.
Of course, packing isn’t something that everyone enjoys, which is why most of us hates the idea of packing early. But contrary to teenage beliefs, packing can be an activity that everyone will enjoy with the proper tricks, and with these tricks that I discovered two months ago, I’m sure your boredom will be lessen!
Trick #1: make a list of all the things you’re supposed to bring in one bag and place that list inside that bag so you can avoid misplacing your stuff and forgetting them. For example, in your favorite Jansport backpack, you’ll put there the list of all the shirts and some undergarments; the list for gadgets such as chargers, earphones/headphones, phone, camera, extra battery, goes to your shoulder bag; your other clothes, shoes, and other stuff goes to your check-in bag. Use colorful pens while listing these things or fold the paper into an origami so you won’t feel the boredom rise up.
Trick #2: too lazy to make a list? Create an acronym for the things you’re supposed to bring. For example, since “gadgets” are too vague, try remembering LaCamOneSS (LAptop, CAMera, cellphONE, Selfie Stick) instead; or STUPS (Shirts, Tank tops, Undergarments, Pants, Skirts/Shorts) instead of plain clothes. It’s easier, and it activates your imagination! No more thinking of the past at night because you’ll be too busy thinking of witty mnemonics.
(not my cat)
Tip #2: Make sure you sleep before the flight.
If you’re planning to stay awake the entire night before your flight so you can sleep in the plane, do yourself a favor and ABANDON THIS PLAN! ABORT MISSION, MATE! I REPEAT, ABORT MISSION! I swear, you’ll regret not having enough sleep, especially when your flight is 6 freaking am. I didn’t sleep when we traveled because I thought the chances of sleeping on board will increase if I didn’t sleep, but I ended up being awake for almost 48 hours (I’m not exaggerating… I was awake at 4 am on a Thursday, and was able to sleep at 4 am-ish on a Saturday because of jet-lag). The feeling was not pleasant folks.
If you have no problem with sleeping anywhere anytime however, feel free to not sleep the night before! Just be reminded that in a plane, you’ll be sitting next to a stranger the entire trip — and the possibility of having a noisy and restless seatmate is quite huge. Also, the idea of flight attendants walking around and going to you every now and then to deliver food will not leave you at peace. (anxiety is real)
Now I know sleeping is a huge problem when you’re overly excited. It even seems impossible because you won’t be able to stop thinking about the activities and the view and– the thinking never stops. With these tricks, however, you might solve that sleeping problem and will be able to have that fresh face the entire trip.
Trick #1: Avoid drinking caffeine a day before your flight, and make sure your sugar intake is lowered so you won’t have too much energy before you sleep.
Trick #2: Wake up extra early the morning before your flight and exercise. Run or jog around the neighborhood and do some squats before eating breakfast. Afterwards, look for something that would eat up your spare time like reading, playing a video game, watching youtube videos, double checking your bags, or any activity that will prevent you from having a nap. As soon as the evening comes, make sure you eat your dinner then stroll outside your house and breathe some fresh air. Refrain from using your phones, laptops, and tablets after dinner so your body won’t be confused (using gadgets before sleeping causes our brain to think that it is still too early because of the light from our gadgets, thus causing sleeping problems). Before heading to bed, take a warm shower to relax your muscles so you’d be able to have a good night sleep.
Tip #3: Don’t pack your entire house.
We all know some of us tend to overdo things, especially when packing. Although a couple of ‘extras’ are good and essential, most of our ‘extras’ won’t actually be needed once you get to your destination. It’ll only end up in your luggage for who-knows-how-long because, come on. Who unpacks as soon as they get back home?
Keep in mind that no matter how expensive your seat is, you still have a weight limit with your baggage. Now you don’t want to exceed because the fees for excess baggage are no joke. So unless you’ll be permanently leaving your hometown, leave those unnecessary things behind. They’ll still be home when you get back anyway.
If you’re struggling to decide how to pack, here are a few tricks I learned over the past months:
Trick #1: Contemplate whether you really need to bring those things or not. If you still can’t make up your mind, try to picture yourself carrying multiple heavy luggage in the airport, going to your designated seat (which is at the last row of the plane) with your carry-on, and unpacking all those things as soon as you arrive and when you get back home. Is the struggle worth it? If it is, then go ahead an bring all those stuff. If not, do yourself a favor and lessen your load.
Trick #2: Always place a weighing scale beside you while packing and make sure the weight limit is stuck on your mind. It’s best if you’d put 2-3 kg allowance on your luggage to avoid fees since airport weighing scales cheat most of the time. For example, if the weight limit is 25 kg, try making your luggage weigh 22-23 kg only.
Trick #3: When buying luggages, avoid the colorful ones for they attract the security and the people who inserts suspicious objects in tourists’ luggages. Choose the simple one that doesn’t weigh and is spacious so you could put in more stuff.
Tip #4: Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the moment!
Most of us would rather take loads of photos and videos to post on social media rather than breathe in fresh air and enjoy the new place you’re travelling. Although this isn’t wrong (especially to those who needs to maintain an instagram feed) it would still be better to remember what you felt while in that memory rather than remember how many takes and how many edits did it take you to have a decent one.
Travelling is a great way to learn, discover, and develop yourself. Effortlessly, it is one of the most enjoyable activities done by mankind. And by being prepared physically, emotionally, and mentally with the help of these tips & tricks, you could have a worry-less trip to wherever you’re going!
Tell me in the comments if this helped you in any way possible. Your comments, suggestions, and reactions matters to me most 🙂 have a great trip and remember, carpe diem!