TEN TRAVEL TIPS FROM A PRO

Everyone has their own way of preparing for a trip. You may start weeks ahead or be a pro at last minute packing. Either way it’s just nice to have a few back ups or new ideas. Sometimes that moment comes along when you’re like “Sh*t I can’t believe I forgot to bring that”! Or maybe a “Why didn’t I ever think of that”? Am I right?

So here are my top ten travel tips! Some you may already do and some may have you thinking I am crazy OCD! However, if you have been reading my How To Series all month you would know more about me and know that being organized times ten is just my norm…

TOP TEN TRAVEL TIPS

1: Do your research.

It does not matter if you are going away for business or pleasure, you should always do your research and prepare. You should look up local restaurants and shops because supporting local is important everywhere! Just saying. Contact a few people on social media that you may want to connect with later on. Ask them for their two cents on some places you’ve found online. I’m telling you this will really enhance your trip. And by doing it ahead of time you are not running around frantic or stressed. As trips are meant to be enjoyed. Even business trips.

2: Plan an itinerary and/or schedule.

You don’t want to be scheduled too much but you definitely want to have some sort of a plan to make sure you don’t overspend on traveling to each destination you are looking to visit. You also want to make sure you see everything on your list! Creating a schedule is just so you are able to see it on paper or a list on your phone. It may remind you of something else you wanted to do!

3: Packing and shipping.

The world we live in now is so different than 10-15 years ago. If you fly commercial you are sometimes charged for breathing room now! Just kidding! But the extra charges are getting to be a bit ridiculous. Not all airlines thank god just some of them. This is where shipping comes in. Next time you have a trip planned and have a lot to take I would definitely suggest looking into shipping a few things. It is cheaper to send a FedEx or UPS box than an checking an additional suitcase at the airport. Check it out. I’m sure you will be able to save some money in this department!

4: Stay charged up!

Bring your chargers for your chargers! Bring batteries. Bring extra batteries to charge the battery pack. These are on the list of you will spend a fortune buying them on vacation if you forgot them at home. Lay out all of your devices on the bed before packing to make sure you have everything you need for them. This is what I do! It makes it a lot easier. Then get those Ziplocs out and ready to go!

5:  Packing advice. Roll everything!

As you may have read this week I used to travel a lot. I would fly almost every week and to a completely different climate. One week I was in Panama, the next Alaska then sunny San Diego and Hawaii. I would have to bring an every day wardrobe as well as a formal work attire in one suitcase to fit all of these climates. How I did this was I rolled everything. I rolled things inside of other rolls of clothing and stacked them in rows. I would then pack my breakables in towels in between them to create layer. You will be shocked when you see how much more room you have packing this way. You also need Ziplocs and a lot of them. Ziplocs can be used to store everything! They will also help save you a ton of room in your luggage as well as keep it nice and organized.

6: Prepare what to eat and what type of food to eat.

These days most restaurants can accommodate any diet restrictions but you want to make sure you find those great places to dine beforehand so you are not stressed right before a meal. Going out to eat should absolutely be enjoyable not a stressful situation. Make a list of what type of dining you want to enjoy too! Italian, Mediterranean, Asian cuisine etc. In Vegas especially choosing your dining can be overwhelming because there are just so many options. And going off the grid aka off “the strip” is also a great choice! Pick a day of your trip to go where the locals go.

7: Carry on your essentials and back ups.

I am by no means telling you this to jinx you but you always need to plan and be prepared. God forbid your luggage gets lost and you are on your way to a deal making meeting. Please do not pack anything for that meeting in a suitcase you check! You MUST have those items on you or ahead of you. Feel free to refer back to Tip #3 packing and shipping if you need a reminder.

8: Download Apps and save money!

This is one of those tips that a lot of people don’t think about doing. Some apps are only available in certain cities and if you are a new customer you are sure to save! No matter what the case may be. Hotels also have many ways for you to save. A players card or VIP member of some sort. Just research these before you hop on that flight so that you can start saving as soon as you land. Social media is the easiest way to find these codes and/or apps. Contact me here if you need any Vegas deals…

9: Make lists on your phone.

I have lists for my lists. I am not kidding! I know that is extreme but it keeps me organized and prepared at all times. On the down time you have flying or sitting in the car put together a plan for your stay. This is to make sure you don’t forget the attractions, places or restaurants you really want to go to. We all know trips can be a bit stressful so why not try to avoid that!

10: Experience and enjoy!

You are on a trip for a reason. Whether it’s for work or personal you just need to enjoy every moment of it! Take lots of pics, videos and your journal if you have one. But not to the point where you are not fully present! Trust me I used to be one of those. Enjoy every moment because you deserve it…

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KAG

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR KITCHEN TIDY

I absolutely love spending time in the kitchen. Cooking and entertaining no matter what occasion is truly a passion of mine. Therefore keeping the kitchen tidy has always been top priority in the house. The kitchen can never ever be a mess. Especially when I am cooking. I clean it up even before I begin to cook. I just need a clean kitchen!

I know you are probable shaking your head and thinking… Is she OCD or what? Well I can definitely tell you that working on over 20 yachts has made me that way. I still q-tip clean my silver but that story is for another time.

OK now back to your kitchen. I have a few tips that I would like to share with you so that you feel better and less stressed out about how your kitchen may or may not look right now!

The first area that you will notice is your counter tops. Are they cluttered? Are there papers everywhere?

If you answered yes then here is what I like to do…

First off papers can get oil, cleaning products and food on them. And that is just gross! Keep a separate drawer in the kitchen with a nice folder in it. This is where you can store those papers. Permanently or until you have time to file them in an office area. I recommend the second. I know you need a junk drawer but eventually it becomes just that. Junk! So either organize or throw that stuff away.

I am a huge collector of vases. Crystal and glass and all shapes and sizes. Guess what I do with most of them? I use them as decor, yes but also to store things and keep them clean and all together. I love to use them for spatulas and cooking utensils. I used to have candles in a few scattered around the counter too! Mason jar or old bar ware also work great for this! The also come in handy when I entertain. I use them to hold utensils for guest. It look pretty and keeps everything clean for guests.

Now lets talk about all the mismatched Tupperware you have. You know you have them! Organize them together to where all tops and bottoms match. Then put aside the ones that don’t match. You can now use these to store misc. items in your kitchen. Recycling these items will keep your kitchen nice and organized and you won’t have to go out and buy anything else for finish this project. Use what you have! I say this to everyone!

If you have a pantry or some sort of food closet you want to organize it to where you can see everything. I really don’t like boxes. So this is another place where you can recycle those Tupperware as well.

Just think if you open your pantry and saw everything that was in there then I’m sure you wouldn’t go out and spend more money on food you just didn’t even need.

This trick goes for spices as well. You definitely want to rotate these out as they also have a shelf life. A few months or so at the most to keep for the freshest taste in meals.

I like to have all the dishes organized together by size. Most kitchens I’ve organized I will say are pretty good in the dish department. Again the better organized the more free room and cleaner the shelf looks. Just pretend that all your cabinets had glass doors if they don’t already.

Pots and pans are simple. Keep the same style together and stock them up inside each other or hang them on wall or in a deep cabinet space if available.. This will definitely free up a lot of space for you. For those of you that have an abundance or lack of space to begin with I would suggest hiding them in the oven. Just don’t forget to take them out prior to turning on the oven. We’ve all been there.

Now lets go back to my love for cooking. One of the things I do every morning is organize the fridge. I know it sounds crazy! That’s what I get for being a “yachtie” aka someone who works on yachts!

Every morning we had to make sure the fridge was in tip top shape just in case a guest were to see it and I still do that! Any way it does have good reason.

Most of the meals I create come from me looking at the fridge to see what I have in there. It’s exciting to me to be able to put together new dishes this way! Be creative with your food! Be proud and allow yourself to enjoy it!

I have everything organized to where I can see it. Everything. Just like I have the pantry, I have the fridge and freezer. I usually prep meals one week ahead so I can grab and go. The more leftovers I use to create meals the more room I have. Try this!

I can promise you that pepping your meals in advance will save you time, calories and money! It has for me. You need to use what you have and store it in matching sized containers so that you can save room for larger items in both fridge and freezer.

I know that when I make a batch of veggie burgers and protein pancakes they each fill up two freezer sized Ziplocs and that’s an entire shelf in the freezer! And that is just for me not a family. If were talking 3 or more then you will definitely need more room available to accommodate for your next shopping trip.

Make sure you eat these prepped meals of yours. You don’t want all that time you spent and meals you prepped to go to waste.

Well those are just a few of my tips and tricks for you on how to keep your kitchen tidy. If you want to see my behind the scenes pics just head over to my Instagram Stories today…

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Until tomorrow…

KAG