20 Tips to Make You a Savvy Traveler

The more you travel, the more you learn what to do and what not to do. At Winner, we’re pretty well-traveled and we talk to a lot of travelers passing through. Here’s what we’ve learned to help make your trip go smoother:

Take a backup credit card. You never know when disaster may strike and you don’t want to be without funds if you need them.

Pack extra socks and underwear. You can never have too many pairs of socks or underwear.

Ask the hotel staff for recommendations. They’re locals, so they’ll probably know of a great restaurant or bar that’s not on the tourist list.

Limit what you take out. Whether you’re touring the local sites or heading to dinner, only take what you need. You’ll have less to carry and if for some reason you’re robbed, you won’t lose everything.

Consider alternatives when booking. Sometimes you can find cheaper airfare by booking two one-way tickets or by flying into/out of a different airport.

Bring a reusable water bottle. This comes in quite handy on planes, while walking through town, in your hotel room, and pretty much anywhere.

Get behind business travelers during security. Business travelers are always in a hurry and you’re likely to get through there faster.

Buy bigger items when you get there. Don’t try to travel with large items. If you can, wait til you get to your destination and just buy them there.

Make lunch your biggest meal. It’ll not only keep you from eating a huge dinner, but it’ll also save you money.

Pack a scarf. Scarves can be used as many different things, from a blanket to a purse. You never know when you’ll need one.

Don’t plan too much. During the trip, spontaneous happenings are often the most fun, so don’t plan every single thing.

Try Airbnb. Many Airbnbs are not only cheaper than hotels, but you’ll get a chance to meet new people with a local’s perspective.

Email copies of your important belongings. This includes your passport, license, credit cards, and more. If you lose them, you’ll be able to access them from any computer.

Ask for an upgrade. It never hurts to ask the front desk for a hotel upgrade – the worst they can say is “no.”

Pack an outlet converter. If you’re traveling outside the country, you may have to deal with electrical outlets that aren’t shaped like those in the U.S.

Wear your bulkiest items. When flying, wear your bulkiest items (your coat, boots, etc.) so you have more room in your suitcase.

Don’t be afraid to use a map. While you may look like a tourist, it’s better than getting lost.

Keep important things in your carry-on. If your checked luggage gets lots, you’ll be without them.

Stay hydrated. It’s easy to forget to drink water, so make it a point to stay hydrated. You’ll feel better and stay healthier.

Separate your money. Don’t take all of your money with you when you go out – leave some in your hotel room. This way, if you’re robbed, you won’t lose everything.

Bonus: Park with Winner. No matter where you’re headed, skip the parking at Philly Airport and park with us instead! We’ll keep your car safe and you’ll get peace of mind.