Traveling is exciting, rewarding and yet not an easy task. Lucky for you, we are here to calm your ride. CNET editors are a well traveled place, and we've learned a lot to bring you the latest technical news and reviews.
We have gone from coast to coast, from city to city and from continent to continent. This guide puts together the hacks we learned along the way and to which we swear now. They work for us and hopefully for you.
Pack like a pro
Luggage packing is an art, but one that pays off. Once you get the hang of it, travel light and relaxed and look great.
Add the role to your walk
Do not just throw. Only wrinkles is not the right way. You have to learn the role. The basic technique is to roll individual items (shirts, pants, etc.) into dense tree trunks. Then you can put them in your suitcase (from left to right) in your suitcase. Do not be afraid to stack them in multiple layers.
If you give each garment a fold before rolling, as it normally would, it would work even better. You'd be surprised how well objects stay wrinkle free just by adding this step. If your suitcase is still too tight, try this advanced technique.
Roll everything in a continuous strip, then in a large cylinder. For example, if you have rolled up a shirt most times, overlap some pants over the back edge and continue to roll. Stay in layers until you have a cylinder that fits in your luggage and start a new one with extra clothing.
Instead of packing your favorite clothes (blazers, suits, dresses, pants), you should wear them during your travels. If you do not have a garment bag, it's a better alternative for jumping around in your luggage.
If you repackage, you should keep your dirty clothes on the left. In this way, you can sort your clean and dirty garments more easily when you return. Oh, and pack one or two additional plastic bags to insulate your dirty socks and underwear in your luggage.
The Zen of Flying
The Replacement Pouch
Carry a scrunchable nylon carry case for emergency transport – on luggage. It's also handy for fast trips to overseas supermarkets, and if the airline says your bag is too heavy.
Multiply Your Performance
Also bring a power strip (power strip). You never know if you need more connections for phones, laptops and other devices. Likewise, throw an Ethernet network cable into your pocket for when the cable connection in your hotel is much more stable than the Wi-Fi.
Isolate When You
One Pair. If that's too expensive, earplugs are a cheap alternative to keep the engine roar at bay.
Do not be afraid to signal to other people if you do not feel chatty. And keep your lids open for these eye shields that distribute flight attendants. They really help you to sleep a little better.
Do not waste time, money or plastic buying bottled water at the airport. Wear a reusable water bottle. Once you have released the security, fill it at a well in the terminal.
Choose a great place
Your place is the key to a great flight. You can always suffer from short hops, but it is important to choose on a flight that lasts more than two hours. No one wants to get stuck in a middle seat or be separated from his spouse.
A site like SeatGuru is a good start. It reviews the seating plans for all types of aircraft of the world's largest airlines. Find out how close you are to a galley or toilet (where passengers and crew gather). Other important details are there as well, including size, dimensions and legroom, plus whether this row has a window (or not).
Opt for the bulkhead or exit row if you can (some airlines save these for flyers with status) because you usually have more legroom. However, there are disadvantages to these seats. You can not lean back and the armrests can be immobile (tray tables inside). Often you can (for safety reasons) stow nothing on the floor in front of you.
Early to the airport
It is worth arriving at the airport with enough time. Even if you are not a nervous flyer, you will enjoy the process better. Sit, relax and read, or just stare out the window. Air travel can be a burden, but there are also wonders in it. Remember that it is amazing that we can do anything.
Have Papers Ready
When traveling, you often have to access important documents.
Make sure you upload photos of all important documents to the cloud (Google Photos, etc.). Examples are passports, insurance cards, even credit cards.
Snapshots of electronic boarding passes too. This will save them to your phone regardless of the local mobile service or network connection. Another method is to save documents as PDF files and then send them to Dropbox or other synchronization services.
And if you're traveling to a conference, make a photo of your business card before you leave. That way, you always have it at hand when you go out.
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