He’s traveled the world as the TV show host of The Amazing Race. Now Phil Keoghan shares a few helpful tips he’s picked up along the way that travelers should know when planning their own next great travel adventure.
Tip 1: Always bring important documents and information. This should go without saying, but in the craze of packing it’s easy to forget the essentials: your passport, emergency funds, a second form of ID, credit card and a list of emergency medical numbers. Keep this info in a safe place, like a money belt, while you’re traveling.
Tip 2: Pack items for the moments you’ll want to kill time. Pick your choice of one or all of the following: a good book, a good movie, puzzles and/or your favorite tunes.
Tip 3: Bring a journal. Take a moleskine diary — like Ernest Hemingway did — to document highlights from your trip, as well as to add contacts and keep items like ticket stubs. This is basically a tactile account of your journey that no Facebook page can match.
Tip 4: Don’t waste any travel opportunity that presents itself. Sure, it’s wise to bring a list of recommended restaurant, activities, shows, adventures, highlights and attractions, but also be spontaneous and open to new ideas.
Tip 5: Bring your own nutrition pack. Always have your own trusted ways to keep your calorie count up. So pack your favorite energy bar(s) and be sure to take a water bottle with you to stay hydrated when heading out for a day of sightseeing or some other strenuous activity.
Tip 6: Bring a First-Aid kit. It is imperative to have your own basic medications and treatments always available. Make sure to include liquids to replenish your electrolytes.
Tip 7: Don’t forget necessary sleep aids. Bring a comfortable neck pillow, earplugs and an eye mask so you can shut out the world when you need to.
Tip 8: We know you’re not going to forget your smartphone to take snapshots and video to help capture special moments while traveling. But don’t forget to bring your universal (and portable) charger, either. Or you can go the opposite route and leave it at home if you want to unplug and stay off the grid. It’s up to you.
Tip 9: Bring UV protection. Always plan ahead and be prepared with sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and SPF clothing.
Tip 10: Bring a sense of humor. You’ll be surprised how much a sense of humor will get you through anything and ensure you have a great time!
– Phil Keoghan, World Traveler and Host of “The Amazing Race.”