6 travel safety tips you probably haven’t thought of

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Jane Wandering takes travel SERIOUSLY! Both because we LOVE to travel, but also because we know traveling can be dangerous. We feel it is one of the most educational experiences you can have. This education can come at a high cost though if you aren’t properly prepared.

Below you can find 6 travel safety tips you might not have though of. These tips can save headaches that occur when you are robed, lost, or in some serious overseas trouble! Take a look below and let us know of any other helpful tips by commenting below!

  1. Make Electronic Copies of Your Documents
    Paper copies are a great idea, but electronic copies can’t be stolen. Thankfully no one at Jane Wandering has had their passport stolen while traveling abroad. However, we did find a post by someone who has. Check that out HERE.

    To avoid this and protect your most important travel document, scan and print your passport out, as well as save the scans on your laptop or phone. It is vitally important that you do not lose this document!

    If you are looking for a travel inspired passport cover, check THESE out. Hand sewn and made with natural leather, these Jane Wandering Passport Covers are the perfect way to keep your travel documents safe.

    If you do lose your passport, click HERE. This page from the U.S. Department of State has helpful tips and links.

  2. Don’t Carry Everything Together:
    Simple enough, separate your valuables.If you carry your cash, phone, camera, and other special items in one purse or book bag then you will be *up a creek* if this bag is stolen! Separating your items and, of course, NEVER carry your passport around town while you are traveling. Lock the passport in a safe either in your hotel room or behind the counter at a trusted hotel.

    You can also purchase bands that strap to your body underneath your clothing that can hold your passport in a hidden and secure location. You can find one of these bands HERE. There are multiple styles, so when you get a moment do a quick Google search.

  3. Travel like a Local:
    Strutting down the streets of New York in stilettos and a mini skirt is fine. Strutting down the streets of a foreign city, maybe not the best idea.

    Your first thought should be safety and if you are attracting too much attention, you may become a target. We aren’t suggesting you wear baggy clothing and act like you just rolled out of bed. Instead, do your research and see how people dress wherever you are going. If shorts and a t-shirt are common, then pack that type of clothing. Be aware of the social norms and abide by them if you are comfortable.

  4. Avoid Oversharing Online:
    Posting photos or checking in on social media sites advertises your absence from home. That can make theft at home a possibility.

    However, live tweeting and constantly posting on Instagram or Facebook that you are in a foreign place can make you a target wherever you are. If you tag the location on you photos you can make it much easier for attackers to find you. You do not want to make yourself a target.

    Real-time updates can be tempting, but wait until you return safely home before sharing your adventures.

  5. E-Mail Someone A Copy Of Your Itinerary:
    Your parents, friends, significant other, anyone! Make sure someone back home knows where you will be and when you will arrive. If you have cellular service and the ability to contact your loved ones, casual check-ins are a great way to let people back home know you are safe and where you should be.

    When it comes to safety, Jane Wandering doesn’t think there is anything wrong with oversharing with your loved ones! 🙂

  6. Enroll in STEP:
    The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

    **Pretty smart, huh?**

    This amazing tool will allow the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of emergencies and help assist your loved ones in contacting you in case anything may happen. Safety conditions concerning your travel destination would also be made easily accessible through this program.You can learn more and signup for this program HERE!

Can you think of other helpful tips? Tag them below, we would love to hear them! If you are looking for another helpful tip, check out our previous blog TSA Pre Check: Definitely Worth It! This helpful blog goes into why we applied for TSP Pre Check and why you may want to!

 

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TSA Pre Check: Definitely Worth It!

Nothing puts a damper on air travel like a horrendous TSA security checkpoint.

Hundreds of people, screaming kids, and the slow shuffle of travelers who would rather be at home in bed… sounds fun, right? Well imagine this! Bypass the TSA crowd and stepPrint into a line of 5-20 people enjoying the perks of TSA PreCheck.

Keep your shoes on folks, you’ve already been screened and accepted into this new travel lifestyle!

By becoming a TSA PreChecked flyer you now reap the rewards of arriving at the airport later than you needed to before, can forgo the gross airport floor in socks, and can keep that belt or jacket on as well! With a simple online application and quick visit to a local TSA PreCheck office, you will be set to fly for five years.

Here is why I suggest becoming a TSA PreCheck flyer!

I fly a lot for work! By far the worst airport to fly during rush hour is JFK in New York. Hoards of people rush to the airport after wholesale fashion markets. After being on your feet all day pushing clothes from multiple designers, the last thing us sales girls wanted to do was stand in a TSA line. We decide to all become TSA PreCheck flyers and man has it made all the difference. Whether we were flying out of LAX or Burbank (if you know the two airports one is much easier and faster to navigate than the other), then you know how much time you need to allot for security, bags, and navigating your way to your gate. With TSA PreCheck you aren’t garunteed a shorter TSA line, but the speed is always much quicker. Since you have already been pre-checked by TSA, and the government, you are not required to open your bags, remove your laptop, shoes, or jacket, and in most cases can leave liquids in your bags. You still can’t bring water bottles through the line, but the mini shampoos and conditioners will be safe inside your bag.

Scroll down for a more in-depth look at TSA PreCheck and more information regarding applying for it.

TSA PreCheck

TSA Pre Best for:

  • US citizens and lawful permanent residents who primarily fly within the United State

Price:

  • $85 application fee

Process:

  • Apply online HERE
  • Schedule an appointment at an enrollment center
  • Attend a 10 minute interview which will include a background check and fingerprinting
  • Become TSA PreChecked and received a KTN (Known Traveler Number)
  • Enjoy TSA PreCheck for 5 years

My experience during the 10 minute interview was amazing! Compared to a TSA checkpoint, my appointment was swift and painless.

I checked in 5-8 minutes before my scheduled appointment and was invited early to meet with a representative. I was asked if I had any prior convictions and or jail time, how often I fly and why, and general information about myself including my social security number. I was asked to place my fingers on a special scanner and instantly my fingerprints were taken. Lastly, I was asked for my signature and then I was sent on my happy way!

Within two weeks I received a paper with a “KTN” Known Traveler Number and this is the number I always provide when purchasing a flight. When you pull up your electric or paper boarding pass a little PreCheck symbol will appear in the corner noting that you are free and clear to bypass the long and tedious TSA line and head to the much shorter, much quicker TSA PreCheck line.

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My opinion on TSA PreCheck:

DO IT!

Whether you travel for work or for pleasure, for an $85 fee this will save you time and money. If you are like me and prefer to use your time wisely, then become TSA PreChecked. It’s easy and the benefits are great!

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25 MUST HAVES for your next Road Trip

Ready to hit the open road?

Check out our list below of road trip products, tips, and hacks to make your journey a bit easier.

We have compiled ides for both you and the kiddos including printouts on how to change a tire, scavenger hunts, and coloring pages. Plus, hacks to making eating and storing items while on the road a whole lot easier and more convenient.

For the you and the family

  1. First and foremost, create a DIY roadside emergency kit. Click HERE to get an idea Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 11.30.47 PMof what you should include!
  2. Pack lots and LOTS of car snacks. Picking these up prior to hitting the road can be cheaper, but hitting a convenience store mid-trip is always fun!
  3. Pack paper towels and/or wet wipes to clean your hands, face, and any spills.
  4. Extra coins and small bills for any tolls and parking meters.
  5. Inexpensive plastic drawers to make accessing clothes, towels, and snack in your trunk easier
  6. Peppermint or cinnamon gum. Chewing this while driving is proven to reduce frustration and help you stay focused. Which is always a good idea while driving!
  7. Sew an inexpensive seatbelt cover to make napping in the car more comfortable. Plus, it’s a space saver over a regular pillow. Learn how HERE!
  8. A phone mount. This will make using a GPS and talking hands-free much easier. You can rig a gator clip to your air vent if you are looking to save a bit of money.Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 11.32.16 PM
  9. A plastic cereal container with a trash bag to collect all car trash.
  10. This awesome inflatable mattress for cars! Check it out HERE!
  11. A shower caddy to store all fast food you binge on. Burgers, fries, and condiments all stored together.
  12. THIS PRINTOUT to assist you in the case of a flat tire.
  13. A pack of dryer sheets to keep your car smelling fresh and fine!
  14. A 2 port USB charger. No need to share when there are two ports!
  15. A Jane Wandering Travel Journal to document your trip!
  16. A camera to document all the places you visit, but also the extraordinary journey.

For the kids, or the kid in you

  1. Suction cup containers to attach the windows for pencils, toys, and snacks.Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 6.09.59 PM
  2. Use press and seal plastic to turn any open cup and straw into a kid-friendly quicklid cup. Find this hack HERE!
  3. Create a carsick bag incase someone on your road trip becomes ill. Click HERE for a list of suggested items to include.
  4. Create a magnetic travel tin with a metal lunchbox and magnets.
  5. Shoe organizer for the backs of your car seats. Use this to store all kinds of toys, snacks, and games.Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 6.13.16 PM
  6. Print out one of these fun Road Trip Scavenger Hunt printouts. Have the kiddos play this game as you drive down the highway.
  7. Create a plastic craft box snack holder. Swap out the beads for multiple tiny snacks!
  8. Turn a DVD case into a coloring kit with blank paper, images to color, and colored pencils. FUN IDEA! Print out images of where you are traveling to for your kiddos to color in.
  9. DIY snack packs! I’ve seen these all over the internet. Find out how to create it HERE!

Check out all the fun Jane Wandering products that are road trip ready too! We have created a list with tons of links below.

Jane Wandering offers awesome road trip gifts too!

  1. Travel Journals– document each day and every event that unfolds while on your journey
  2. USA Scratch Map– document each state you visit while traveling around the US
  3. Camper Magnets– These awesome gifts are perfect for anyone going on a road adventure
  4. Vintage Camper DIY Kit– this little wooden camper doesn’t require tools or glue to construct
  5. Camper Key Chains– store your car or RV keys on this perfect travel key chain
  6. Mini and Original Game Pads– these booklets are filled with multiple different games perfect for road trips
  7. Stickers and Patches– add color to your carseats and books with these road trip travel stickers and patches
  8. USA Hello Cards– You need to see how clever these are!
  9. The 50 States Activity Book– for kids and adults, it’s time to learn more about the 50 states
  10. The Ultimate Road Trip Atlas Book– inexpensive and in-depth!
  11. Jane Wandering Travel Kit

Do you have awesome hacks for road trips? Comment below and help us build our list!

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Travel Journaling Ideas

Hey Wanderer!

So you’re finally ready for your next adventure, but not sure how to start your travel journal. Well as promised, we have the perfect post for you! Below are tons of travel journaling tips, prompts, designs, and journaling inspo!

Let’s get started!!

Journaling Tips

  • Make it personal! This journal is yours so make it fun for you!
  • Design your own layout or research fun journaling techniques.
  • Use some of the below prompts in this blog to make recording your trip even easier.
  • Use stickers and images to add color to your travel journal. Store all your pencils, markers, stickers, and more in our Jane Wandering Travel Pouch!
  • Collect items while you travel to add to your Travel Journal. You can find a Journaling Envelope Set on our site to store coins and money in your journal.

Journaling Prompts

Before You Go

  1. Print out maps of where you are going and different tourist spots to visit. Place it in your journal to view while you travel.
  2. What do you think the adventure will be like?
  3. What are you most looking forward to?
  4. Make a list of souvenirs for yourself and loved ones.
  5. What activities do you want to try/see?
  6. Make a packing list of all the things you want to bring (if you have a Jane Wandering Travel Journal a packing list is included, or try our Pack This! Pad)

While You Are Traveling

  1. Describe the airport process, any mishaps (hopefully none) and anything you bought.
  2. What was your first thought upon arriving to your destination?
  3. Draw a picture of a landmark.
  4. Describe the restaurants you ate at, what you ate, the style, and the cost.
  5. What is the local neighborhood like?
  6. Email addresses of friends you make while traveling so you have a new pen pal!
  7. How are the local people different than where you are from.
  8. How is the fashion different where you are traveling?
  9. Did you make any friends? Write about them or have them write in your Travel Journal!
  10. Record quotes from your trip, anything you hear or signs you see.
  11. Describe your hotel and the interior.
  12. Who are you traveling with? Take turns writing in each other Travel Journals to add something different to your journal.
  13. Close your eyes and describe the sounds and smells around you.
  14. Sit somewhere for 10 minutes and observe what happens around you.
  15. Draw a moment you want to remember.
  16. Make sure to collect receipts, postcards, and other items to incorporate in your Travel Journal to make it your own! You can store these items in a Jane Wandering Travel Pouch.
  17. Describe your trip home. What the flight or bus trip bumpy? Did you make friends?

When You Arrive Back Home

  1. What surprised you about where you visited?
  2. Would you visit this location again?
  3. What do you miss the most now that you are home?
  4. Did this trip teach you anything?
  5. Do you think you have changed in any way?
  6. Any ideas of where you would like to visit next!

Travel Journal Inspiration

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Follow our Travel Journaling Tips board on Pinterest for more journaling prompts and inspiration!

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Fun on the Fly

Ready, Set, TAKE OFF!

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Flights can be long, hot, stressfully and boring. Jane Wandering has the cure you need for solving the boredom problem for the young and old!

Below we have put together an awesome list of fun activities that can be played and created while stuck in an airplane. Some of these ideas are brought by the Jane Wandering team, other by customers, and some discovered on Pinterest. Take a peak and see if any other these activities sound fun to you!

Let the fun begin!

Electronic Fun

  • Listen to music
  • Play a Gameboy or electronic game
  • Listen to an audio book
  • Watch a movie
  • Take photos (not of passengers… that’s creepy)
  • Live tweet anything happening on the plane

Solo Fun

  • Play a game of Sudoku
  • Read a good book or magazine
  • Make up a story
  • Start journaling in your Jane Wandering Travel Journal
  • Knit or crochet
  • Stare out the window and count birds or make shapes out of clouds
  • Draw a picture
  • Sleep (getting more sleep is always fun)
  • Explore the plane, but only when it is safe to unbuckle! We are not responsible if you hit turbulence and fall in someone’s lap. Again… that might be creepy..
  • Play the ‘I’d rather have’ Sky Mall game
  • Confuse your flight attendance with these fun airplane cocktails, but only if you are over 21!
  • Eat! Eating is always a very fun option
  • Make origami
  • Crossword puzzels
  • Make people feel really awkward with the Ostrich Pillow

Seat Mate Fun

Whether you are stuck on a plane, train, or in a care full of people, check out the Jane Wandering On-the-Go Mini and Original Game Pads. These fun little pads include games such as hang man, connect 5, tic-tac-toe, dots, and MORE! Perfect for children entertaining themselves or making friends with a stranger. Nothing breaks the ice like playing tic-tac-toe!!

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10 Items to Pack for a Flight

By now you know that all us gals at Jane Wandering LOVE to travel and have flown often. We fly so much we are TSA Pre-checked (an awesome investment) and have become packing experts! That is why we have created a list of 10 items we pack for each and every flight.

There is nothing worse than suffering through a crowded airport, boarding your plane, finding your seat, and realizing you forgot something at home or didn’t purchase a snack! Yes, you can sometimes get away with purchasing chips or candy on the plane, but the prices will probably be CRAZY expensive or they might not have what you are craving.

Just so you don’t have to suffer through that scenario we have put together 10 items we ALWAY pack when prepping for a flight. Now this list doesn’t include everything. There are some items we always have, but didn’t picture. Those items would include face wash (if it’s a long flight), a jacket (since I am notoriously cold), and Advil. However, the list we have created sums up our normal travel needs and will save you a pretty penny if you pack them before arriving at the airport.

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Items listed from top left corner, clockwise:

  1. Water bottle

    Whether it is a reusable bottle you bring from home, or a SmartWater purchased at a newsstand. I never board a plane without a full bottle. This the the one item you can not get through security with. Unless you pack a reusable water bottle and fill it up at a restaurant (just ask, they normally will do it) or water fountain, plan to buy on near your gate.

  2. Headphones or Earbuds

    There is nothing worse than a child screaming on a plane or the person next to you smacking their gum. Block those and other irritants out with a pair of headphones and your favorite Playlist. I’ve forgotten my headphone countless times and these babies can run upwards of $30 at the airport versus $5-10 at Target. My favorite brand is Skull Candy, you can find the HERE.

  3. Salty Snacks

    Personally I love Wheat Thins. I only eat them when I travel so it’s always a special little airplane/travel treat! However, on my real cheat days I will pick up some Pringles! YUMM!

  4. Dainty Airplane Necklace

    The Dainty Airplane Necklace is around my neck 24/7! I own the version in silver and it is the perfect inspiration for me to jet-set around the world.

  5. Brookside Chocolates

    Yes, I am packing both a salty and a sweet treat on my plane trips, but hey! It’s vacation! If you haven’t had Brookside Chocolates then get ready for your world to be ROCKED! These little bits of heaven are amazing! I really enjoy the Pomegranate and the Vineyard Grape. The Clusters are amazing too, I just eat those a little too fast.

  6. Hand Sanitizer

    I’m not a germ freak, but there is something about airplane seats that disgust me. I have read one too many stories about the cleaning methods of airlines and will forever be armed with my hand sanitizer when I board a plane. If I could, I would bring my Clorox wipes and Lysol and go all Molly Maids on my seat!

  7. Cabeau Revolution Travel Neck Pillow

    Whether you want to sleep or simply rest your head, this is by far the best head pillow I have owned. When you purchase this head pillow you get earbuds, a cover/bag for it, and an unbelievably comfortable and malleable head rest! The Cabeau Revolution Travel Neck Pillowis the best way to relax and fly!

  8. Magazines/Book

    Sometimes music can only do so much on a long flight. I always stock-up on magazines and whatever book I happen to be reading at the moment. My personal favorite magazine is Self, an awesome collections of health, beauty, and recipes!

  9. Jane Wandering Travel Journals

    Ask any of us Jane Wandering gals where our Travel Journals are and we will whip out our book bags. These journals are small enough to fit in a book bag pockets, but sturdy enough to be tossed along side your spare jacket, computer, and books. If you missed our Travel Journal Blog, check it out HERE!

  10. Lotion

    The dry air in a plane is great at making my skin itch, so I come armed with lotion. My favorite brand to carry is Nivea. It has multiple fragrances, but on a plane I like to keep it simple and clean. Just like you wouldn’t spray perfume on a plane, don’t be the person who covers themselves in an array of floral smells suffocating your neighbors. Just remember to keep the liquid contents of your lotion in accordance with TSA rules so they don’t confiscate it!

You can bet that on our trip to Miami at the end of the month we will have all these goodies with us on the plane. So if you ever see a Jane Wandering girl and happen to be craving a Brookside Chocolate… you know who to ask!

Check back this weekend for a fun blog of exciting thing to do to pass time on a long flight!

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