Embassy Suites’ Facebook Community Swaps Traveling Advice For The Holidays

On Tuesday, Embassy Suites Hotels announced their top 10 seasonal travel tips, all of which were gathered from the hotel’s 50,000-member Facebook community. The tips ranged from the savvy to the quirky. The first 250 who submitted their tips, received a care package by Embassy Suites Hotels filled with handy travel items, including a personal concierge card, a handy amenity case to keep personal items organized, travel-sized Bloom bath products, and a fold-up/expandable duffle bag to stuff full of presents on flights home for the holidays.

I hope you find some of these as helpful as I have. #2 will be put into effect next month, on our Disney trip.

1. “I check to see if the town and venue we are visiting has a Facebook page for tips and recommendations on restaurants, events, special offers, and shopping links. We always learn something from the locals.”
Barbara, Apex NC

2. “Since my husband’s shoes are much bigger, I put my shoes, my daughter’s shoes, and anything that fits, directly inside of them. No longer do his shoes take up the entire suitcase, but we can maximize space and keep the shape of his shoes. Never knew I would literally have to ‘fill his shoes.’”
— Michelle, Denver, CO

3. “So I don’t forget anything, I set aside a laundry basket to hold items I want to pack a day or two before a trip. When I run across something, I place it in the basket. When I finally go to pack, I don’t have to rely on my memory!”
–Gina, Rogers, AR

4. “Have toiletries ready to go, so you have more time to pack presents and other items! I keep a small tote bag full of all my toiletries all year long, so when it’s time to hit the road I don’t have to go searching through my bathroom for my shampoo, toothpaste, soap, etc. I just grab the bag, throw it in my suitcase and go.”
— Jennifer, Winter Park, FL

5. “Remind the family to always bring a bathing suit no matter what. Cold vacations also include heated pools and jacuzzis. Nothing worse than a child with a sad face looking at the pool from floors above.”
–Danielle, Lancaster CA

6. “Split up clothes when traveling with others, this way if one person’s luggage gets lost you’ll still have clean clothes available.”
–Marcia, Conifer, CO

7. “Cut & pack half a tennis ball and tuck a bag of powdered laundry soap in it. Flip the tennis ball inside out as a sink stopper and you can do emergency laundry in your hotel room anytime.”
–Susan, Oklahoma City, OK

8. “Ever fall asleep on a plane and miss the drink cart? Write a sticky note or use the back of your business card to write a nice, ‘Sorry I missed you but would love a water when I wake up, thank you!’”
–Jer, Punta Gorda, FL

9. “Hide a few small packages or notes around the house when you’re traveling for business during the holidays, and then text clues to your family from the road. It’s a great way to stay connected and stay in the spirit of the holidays when you’re out of town.”
–Meredith, Romeoville, IL

10. “Purchase a few all-purpose gift cards before your trip – they are the #1 most requested gift this holiday season. They are easy to pack and will allow you to have a Christmas present for that unexpected gift giving opportunity or a gratuity for someone who provides you with exceptional service.”
–Kim, Greenwich, CT