At Triporama, we know well the psychological importance of taking a Girlfriend Getaway. But we also know the importance of planning your Girlfriend Getaway and other forms of group travel well too. By following a few common-sense ideas you’ll ensure that your planning is easy and will lead to a smoother vacation together. Especially if you share these tips with the rest of your travel group.
Top Tips for preparing for a Girlfriend Getaway Trip-o-rama:
Use a carry-on-sized rolling bag that you can attach another bag to. As fun as it is to carry a cute weekend sack, a rolling bag with a strap that you can attach another small tote to will make the airport and anywhere you need to schlep your stuff much less work.
More than carry-on? Roll-on. If you’re bringing a bag that you’ll have to check, get a lightweight yet sturdy rolling bag. Most airlines’ heavy baggage fees start at 50 pounds, and you’ll want as few of those pounds to be taken up by your suitcase as possible. Try to find a suitcase that weighs less than 10 pounds, and has wheels that roll in all directions. Remember: If your bag is over 70 lbs., most airlines will refuse to check the bag.
Bring both types of bags. If you have to check a bag, still be sure to pack some clothes in your carry-on. At the least a couple pairs of underwear, a T-shirt, leggings, and some socks. Other good items to ensure are in your carry-on: makeup wipes, dry shampoo, a toothbrush, some basic makeup, and a travel-sized tube of toothpaste.
Zip up your travel-size stuff. Get a quart-sized Ziploc bag (even though they might ask you to take the liquids out) and put in your shampoo/conditioners/or anything that could leak and tightly seal the bag. Remember that anything over 3.4 ounces will still be confiscated (like my brand new Kiels SPF a few weeks ago).
Know which hotel toiletries you like to use and which you don’t like. For instance you may not like hotel conditioner or lotion – if so, be sure to pick a few samples or travel sizes of your favorites to have on hand.
Know it’s too heavy? If your bag is going to be kind of sort of overweight, aim to check it curbside. The guys that man the outside area are usually more sympathetic to smiles and/or pleading, especially with a nice tip included (tip anyway, though.) Note: To do curbside check-in, you have to be there an hour before your flight, so don’t be late if your bag is (slightly) overweight. This is something we do when returning almost every time since we are usually coming home with a few additional items.
Apply for and get TSA Pre and Global Entry. This may be the most awesome thing ever. Because by applying and getting accepted for Global Entry (so you can skip the huge passport control lines when you come back to the U.S.), you also get TSA Pre, and then you don’t have to take off your shoes or take your laptop out of your bag when you go through security. AND, best of all TSA agents won’t see you naked when you have to go through the big scanner while going through the special super-fast security line. If you’re any type of regular traveler, this is a must-do.
Wear your biggest shoes on the plane. Now some might say to go light on shoes but we’ve got to look fabulous. Right? Just be creative and remember that you’ll probably need heels, flats, a sandal, and sneakers. We think of shoe packing like the game Tetris.
Wear leggings. If you have to take a long flight over three hours, leggings and a long cardigan on the plane is a great way to go. Especially if you are wearing your biggest shoes. Comfort and style can work together and please don’t wear sweatsuits or even worse, pajamas. Come on now this is a girlfriend getaway not a slumber party.
Take off your rings, bracelets, and elastic hair bands as soon as you get to your airline seat. Your body and fingers swell because of cabin pressure, and you don’t want to be wearing anything constricting.
Bring an eye mask, earplugs, and white noise app. You never know how loud or how unfamiliar a hotel will be. Plus, if you and the girls stay up late together or if you’re changing time zones, it’s really important to still get a good night’s rest so you can maximize your (day) time together too.
Pack your own snacks and bring some to share. Any snack you bring from home will be healthier and cheaper than anything you’ll get at the airport or have to buy on the go. We suggest Luna Bars, Sugar snap peas, and apple slices. Bring an empty water bottle too that you can use at a fountain once you get past security.
Bring a small bag that you can close tightly for dirty clothes. Hotels will usually have plastic ones in the closet too.
Come home refreshed and clean. Before heading out, give your house a quick cleanup and have a pair of clean, cozy pajamas standing by. Nothing’s better than coming home to a clean house after an all out girlfriend getaway. This doesn’t have to be a big spring clean, just be sure to have the dishes done and away, take out the trash, fold and put away laundry, and clean out the fridge. If you have the time, put a fresh set of sheets on the bed for when you get back too.
Preparation is the key to having a great trip. What other tips do you guys have for planning for a great girlfriend getaway?