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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Decorate Your World!

Did you know that Jane Wandering has more than just journals and maps?! We offer a FullSizeRender-16wide variety of travel inpso perfect for decorating your apartment, water bottles, cars, and pretty much your entire world!

Bright, fun, sticky sticker and patches make up an awesome section on our website called, you guessed it, Sticker and Patches. Pretty simple, huh? Just like our one-of-a-kind Travel Journals and key chains, Jane personally selects or designs all the stickers and patches we offer on the site. All of these awesome little guys are chosen because they inspire us and others to leave the mundane work environment, even for 5 minutes, and explore the world around you. Whether it’s a brisk walk down the sidewalk, or a long stroll down a beach, whatever it is that you need to do to clear your mind and get outside, Jane Wandering has it!

So scroll down and take a look at a few of our NEWBIES and the fun things we and our customers have come up with to decorate the world!

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Let’s get creative!

Stickers! They may seem like a prize for cleaning your room or putting your toys away, but we promise you these adult-inspiring stickers are nothing like the kind you grew up with!

Fade and water resistant, these vinyl bad boys are perfect to slapping on any surface and hitting the open road.

Why not…

  • Stick it on your car
  • Stick it on your bike
  • Stick it on your scooter
  • Stick it on your skateboard
  • Stick it on your boat
  • Stick it on your caravan
  • Stick it on your water bottle
  • Stick it on your favorite tumbler
  • Stick it on your window
  • Stick it on your mirror
  • Stick it on your laptop
  • Stick it on your text book
  • Stick it on your wall
  • Stick it on your desk
  • Stick it on your lamp
  • Stick it on your headboard
  • Stick it on your cupboard
  • Stick it on your journal
  • Stick it on your favorite book
  • Stick it on your best friend’s back
  • Stick it on your best friend’s face
  • Stick it on your takeout menu
  • Stick it on any dishwasher safe items, because you guessed it, these are dishwasher safe!!

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Don’t forget you can even use these patches on our Travel Pouches! They already have travel ready sayings, but now you can add a little something extra with your favorite travel patch!

Or use the patches on…

  • Your favorite sweater
  • Your favorite jacket
  • Your favorite t-shirt
  • Your favorite jeans
  • Your favorite shorts
  • Your favorite baseball hat
  • Your favorite book bag
  • Your favorite travel bag
  • Your favorite laptop sleeve
  • Your favorite old towel
  • Your favorite beach bag
  • Your favorite beach towel
  • Your favorite comforter or quilt

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The possibilities are endless for where you can add a travel inspired sticker or patch!

Why not try a few of our ‘stick it’ ideas or give us a few of your own! We promise that wherever you happen to stick your new Jane Wandering sticker or patch that you will love the outcome and the inspiration it brings!!

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The Colorlogue: Color and Discover

Looking for a new and exciting way to track your world trek?! Check out our new Jane Wandering travel item, The Colorlogue!

This fun, little book comes packaged ready to gift to yourself or others with 6 colored pencils and a coloring/fact book that will keep you entertained for hours. For anyone old enough to color in… or out, of the lines, The Colorlogue is the perfect way to color and discover!

Jane discovered this awesome new treasure from an amazing company in London! She has curated a shop at Jane Wandering that fits anyone looking for interactive books, maps, and activities all related to travel. In this blog we will dive into the fun and colorful world of The Colorlogue! Check it out below 🙂

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The Colorlogue

Color and Discover!

There are four sections in this awesome coloring book!

  1. A Country Key – A list of the countries featured in the book at a glance. All of these countries are also available to be colored in the following section!
  2. Coloring Map – A fun world map ready to be colored and discovered by YOU!
  3. Things to See – The world can be a colorful place and with this book you will find 20 of the world’s most colorful destinations.
  4. World Flags –  Nothing differentiates a country like a unique flag. In this section you can color in each of the 195 sovereign state flags.

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From Argentina, to Japan, to Russia, The Colorlogue will help expand your knowledge of the world while helping you document the parts of the world you have discovered!

So jump over to Jane Wandering and check this awesome item out. Plus,  Jane has tons of other Scratch Maps, Travel Journals, and globes sure to make you want to explore!

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Miami Swim Week

We are already halfway through the year.

Halfway through July.

Dallas, Texas is smoking hot. Practically melting away.

Our team is charging full steam ahead into the Holiday months.

Coffee cups never stay full.

Right now we are all in need of a vacation here at Jane Wandering!

What better way to escape than with Miami Swim Week! A three day show at Cabana followed by two days of beach bliss in South Beach. It would be an understatement to say we are excited!!

Starting a business is an awesome adventure, but believe me when I say sleep deprivation and teeth grinding are just two of the many side effects of following your
dreams. Luckily for myself and the Jane Wandering team, we still freelance with our old passion, wholesale sales. This upcoming weekend we will be flying out to South Beach in Miami to assist a showroom at the Cabana Show.

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The first three days of this trip will be full of bikinis, models, PO’s, and most importantly… selling! With brands such as Dolce Vita, She Made Me, and Tori Praver, the styles will be amazing and the decor… break taking! Beachy and vibrant, this show is a whirlwind of colors and beach vibes.

One of the best aspects to the Cabana Show are the Cabana Coconuts! Super festive and fun, these little babies are available to all buyers! Brand reps may sneak a few too!

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However, after the hustle and bustle of the Cabana Show Jane Wandering takes on the beach! With a product photoshoot scheduled and of course a little team bonding, Jane Wandering is using this time to recharge and refresh before hopping back on the hustle bus!!

We have a lot of new products, events, and journeys cooking for the rest of the year so get EXCITED!! From passport covers to a new explorer’s t-shirt line, August is going to be jam-packed with awesome new travel gifts. I am also planning a solo adventure out of the country later in the year, so check back to find out where I will be exploring next. As for now, we have Miami on the brain and are stocking up on SPF to keep us safe and sunburn free!

Hope you’re excited for the rest of the year, I know we are!!

Cheers!

– Jane

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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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