Are you the type of traveler who finds yourself in New York, San Francisco, Chicago or other big cities on a regular basis? Consider doing some travel caching! Travel or urban caching is a unique (and rather zany) way to avoid taking anything other than a small carry on with you to destinations that you frequent, and you can save a lot of money in the process too.
The process is fairly simple: some hotels will store smaller items for you even when you are not staying there if you are a regular, returning customer. If your hotel will do this for you, then you are good to go! If not, there are some other options like MakeSpace or inexpensive self-storage locations.
Now, find a large enough box, sturdy bag, or crate to put items in. While some experienced travel cachers will keep a week’s worth of clothes in their bin, we suggest going a little bit smaller to start. Packing even two or three days’ worth of clothes and all of your toiletries in the crate will clear up a ton of space in your carry-on, or eliminate the need to take anything other than a small briefcase or purse on the plane with you.
You can store non-perishable breakfast or snack foods in the box as well. Essentially, by using your box and your hotel room, you are creating a mini-apartment. Why not save some extra money by throwing in some granola bars as well so that you don’t have to purchase breakfast at your hotel each day? Those little expenses add up, and you can save a lot of money.
Bag check fees add up too, so your costs of purchasing a crate/sturdy bag for the hotel to keep will easily be covered within three or four trips to this location.
Surely, travel caching is really only a good option for a frequent traveler to one location, but there are other ways to avoid the nightmare that checking a bag can turn into:
- Always pack in an orderly fashion so your things are easily accessible when you arrive.
- Keep expensive items out of direct sight so that they are not immediately visible if your bag is opened. Nobody likes losing an iPad to a pesky thief!
- Packing cubes are also a great option.
Remember that in addition to being able to handle all of your travel health needs, Passport Health is always here for other helpful travel-related tips too (even packing advice!). If you have any questions about traveling safe, feel free to contact us via our website or by calling us at 1-888-499-PASS (7277).