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REPOST: Top 5 Ways to Stay Organized While Traveling

Keeping your belongings organized during a vacation can be quite difficult. This article from Travelers Today shares five tips on staying organized when traveling.

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Traveling can be a headache sometimes. But, it can be even worse when you are digging through your bag and trying to find one slip of paper that you need. Staying organized is extremely important while traveling and here are five ways that can help you.

1. Use your smartphone

Gone are the days where you have to print out every bus booking or hotel reservation. Use your smartphone to your advantage and try to eliminate as much paper as possible. It will not only help you stay organized but will help you be more green. Try using the iPhone’s passport feature or saving all your travel reservations to a specific file in your email. Keeping your phone organized will help you travel more efficiently.

2. Pack your bag the same way, every time

It seems dumb, but packing your bag the same way every time will help you find your things easier. Whether you are packing your suitcase or stuffing a backpack, having a plan can help you remember where your items are. It also will help you to not forget anything when you travel. If you want some advice, try packing things you hardly use on your travel at the bottom of the bag, and things you will use right away near the top.

3. Buy an organizer for your toiletries

There is nothing worse than tearing your bag apart for your small floss container. Although it may seem like a waste of space, having an organizer for your toiletries is really helpful. Not only does it keep everything together, but it also contains spills if anything opens. If you are not finding a bag you like, try thinking out of the box. For example, try looking at jewelry folios because they tend to have more pockets.

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4. Keep your electric cords neat

If you are traveling with a smartphone, tablet, e-reader, computer, or any combination of electronics, you are bound to have an endless amount of cords to carry. Instead of just shoving them in your bag, try to keep them secured and neat. Tie the cords together with ribbon or buy one of these cable managementsystems. Whatever you choose, make sure you keep your cords untangled to lessen stress.

5. Pack less

A simple idea, but not exactly that simple to execute. Overpacking can create unnecessary headaches and stress for travelers. Try to simplify the packing process by getting rid of the things that you “might need.” Yes, things may happen on your journey, but there is always a pharmacy or grocery store somewhere near by. Do not worry about what might happen on your journey. Take only the things you know you will use everyday.

Also, do not forget these tips as the holidays approach. These techniques may help alleviate some holiday travel stress.

Riyesh Menon is an avid traveler. Subscribe to his blog for more traveling tips for a stress-free vacation.

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Pearl of the orient seas: Tips to remember when traveling to the Philippines

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The Philippines is an archipelago located in Southeast Asia. Composed of more than 7,000 islands, this tropical paradise has been the ideal destination for many travelers. It is not only the sandy beaches and clear blue waters that call to adventurers but also the general atmosphere of the place. Many visitors hail the Philippines for its laidback feel and consider the locals to be very friendly and accommodating. That being said, there are many things to remember when planning a trip to the country.

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What separates the Philippines from other tropical paradises is that much of the land is uncultivated. Many islands still contain much of the same forests and geographical wonders they did hundreds of years ago. Another defining characteristic is the people. Filipinos are very down-to-earth, respectful, and thoughtful. They always seem to be smiling and joking, even despite the many natural disasters that hit the islands.

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But with every advantage is a challenge. Because the land is untouched, exploring the country can be rather difficult. Transportation systems are not yet fully developed and the existing road lines are not spectacular. New travelers will have to get used to alternate modes of transportation, which include the jeepney (a memento from World War I) and tricycle. These transportation options typically go through tighter areas and can access more streets than taxis.

As with most cases, traveling to a foreign land may be difficult in the beginning, but one can always ask for help. Most locals have a basic knowledge of English and are more than willing to help travelers in need.

I am Riyesh Menon, and I love to explore new destinations. Follow me on Twitter for more travel tips.