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6 Tips on How to Avoid Jet Lag

If only there was one magic solution to avoid jet lag…

In a perfect world, we’d be able to successfully avoid jet lag by resetting our internal clock and going to sleep earlier and earlier every night leading up to a big trip. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a perfect world. But a world with far too many things to worry about before we travel to a different time-zone—now, that exists. And we’re all too familiar with it.

From preparing the family with last-minute packing to preparing your office for your absence, there’s so much to do to get ready. Therefore, getting enough sleep is the last thing on your mind. Here’s where we help. Check out these 6 tips on how to avoid jet lag.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #1: Skip the cup(s) of Joe.

Caffeine may seem like an obvious way to NOT avoid jet lag, but people still drink their coffee within the 12 hours leading up to their trip. We get it, you need it… but you don’t. Even if you want to be awake longer to avoid jet lag, it will affect you and cause you to wake up more often when you do eventually fall asleep, which reduces total sleep time.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #2: Do NOT raise your glass. No alcohol.

Did you know that one drink in the air equals to two or three on the ground? Alcohol dries you out and it’s important to stay hydrated. You don’t want to worsen the symptoms of jet lag with a hangover. Sure, alcohol may relax you, but is temporary relaxation worth you being in zombie-mode for your trip?

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #3: Red-eye flights are no longer an enemy.

Most people don’t enjoy an overnight flight because it can mess with their normal sleep schedule, but that’s not the case for you. Choosing a flight that will land at your destination in the morning is the best way to reset your internal clock. You’ll land and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new adventure in a new destination.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #4: Don’t leave until the party’s over.

If you’re being thrown a “Bon Voyage” party, then don’t leave until the party’s over… way over. Make sure the party is being planned in advance so you’re not partying the night before you have to be on a long flight where you will suffer from major jet lag. Plan early, party early, and avoid jet lag.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #5: Chase the sun.

Daylight is a powerful thing, and it can regulate your biological clock. Staying indoors will only worsen the jet lag. If you see the sun, then chase it. Get outside, soak up some Vitamin D, and wake yourself up. You might hate it (and us) at first, but you’ll be thankful later when your jet lag fades away.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #6: Stay hydrated.

This snowballs off of the important reason to avoid alcohol. Plane rides can be dehydrating, trust us. You need to stay hydrated, so drink up. Keep in mind that you should drink at least 8 ounces of water per hour that you’re in the air, even if you don’t think you’re thirsty.

 

Bonus Tip to Avoid Jet Lag: Do NOT make big plans the first day.

When you land, the last thing you want to do is worry about any huge things. That’s why we recommend skipping baggage claim and heading straight to your hotel room. You can settle down, relax, and have your bags delivered straight to you. Use Bags VIP Luggage Delivery to make your trip a jet lag-free one.

8 Best Travel Apps

Some trips are meant for unplugging, especially when you know the place like the back of your hand, however, most trips are new and exciting, which means you could use a little help―virtual help. For the adventure seekers, world travelers and professional go-getters, this list of the 8 best travel apps is for you. Start downloading in 3… 2… 1…

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For itinerary creators: TripIt

If your motto is plan, plan, plan, then that’s just what you’ll do with TripIt. This is like having your personal travel agent in the palm of your hands. You can customize itineraries on your own or you can forward your email confirmations of your flight, hotels, rental cars and other tickets to plans@tripit.com and then watch TripIt construct the itinerary for you.

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For self-proclaimed meteorologists: The Weather Channel

It’s nice to know what the weather is going to be like for wherever you are going so you can prepare your wardrobe and trip accordingly. This is the classic weather app that has a sleek interface, which is very user-friendly. Bonus points for telling users what airport conditions are like near you.

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For social butterflies: Scout GPS 

If you’re one of those travelers who visits a new place and wonders where all the people are, then you’ll find your answer (and potential new friends) with Scout GPS. This app pinpoints neighborhood hot spots, like restaurants, museums, hotels, etc. in your area. Best part? It also finds nearby events, so you can check out local concerts, shows, plays and so much more.

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For data avoiders: Free Wi-Fi Finder

With the constant worry of using all your data, it’d be nice to finally relax while you’re out of town. Free Wi-Fi Finder by JiWire helps you do just that by locating free wireless connections. You can either search through a directory or just enable the Wi-Fi scanner. You’ll be able to locate the nearest hotspots with the click of a button.

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For memory capturers: Camera360

Taking photos of your trip is the best way to make memories. Unfortunately, we’re not all professional photographers here. Camera360 provides countless editing features to enhance any picture you take. Now you can look back at your photos and remember it as if you were back on vacation.

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For road warriors: GasBuddy 

Saving time and money is an essential part of any trip, especially when you’re on the road. GasBuddy locates the nearest gas stations and provides approximate pricing. This is useful when you’re running on empty or you just want to find the closest gas station for the most affordable price.

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For adventurous riders: Uber

For those who fly and don’t particularly enjoy renting a car, Uber will be your go-to app. Not only are they more affordable than taxis (most of the time), Ubers are also reliable by giving you an ETA and contact information of your Uber driver. They also give you fare estimates, so you don’t have to commit to anything until you’re ready to be picked up.

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For prepared flyers: GateGuru

There’s nothing worse than layovers and delays, and we feel your pain. Fortunately, GateGuru acts as your own personal airport assistant. Lost and need a map of the terminals? Done. Hungry and need a map of the restaurants in the airport? Done. GateGuru also provides you with average wait times at each terminal’s security checkpoint.

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Once you’ve planned your trip and downloaded your best travel apps…

Be sure to check in your bags with Bags VIP so you can skip baggage claim and have your luggage delivered to you.

5 Most Affordable Destinations This Winter

Wanting to go on a vacation soon but concerned about your budget? No worries — we found the 5 most affordable destinations this winter. Whether you’re looking for a spot to escape the cold or to embrace it, there’s a place for everyone to visit.

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Bahamas

Would you believe us if we said a roundtrip flight to the Bahamas costs about the same for a roundtrip to LA? Well, it does. So if you’re worried about the cost of flying, there are places that are affordable when it comes to travel. One of the other great things about destinations like the Bahamas is that there are many hotels and resorts that are all-inclusive. This means you can enjoy more and spend less. TripAdvisor offers vacation packages that are affordable and make it possible to make 2016 the year that you finally make it to the Bahamas. You deserve the beach and some sun.

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Ireland

Although it may seem like a less desirable spot when it comes to a destination during the winter, it is actually a great time to check out Ireland. Ireland during winter has a reputation for being cold and rainy, but it’s important to remember that that’s just how the island nation always is. Ireland’s weather is relatively temperate year-round, yet people tend to travel during winter less, making it cheaper to visit. If Ireland has always been on your list of places to see, then why not visit now and save a lot of money? Main attractions are still open, it’s not actually that cold, and the off-season means great deals. Learn more about why you should pick Ireland as a winter destination.

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Vancouver, Canada

O Canada, thank you for having Vancouver be one of our favorite and most affordable vacation spots this winter. There may not be much history in this Canadian city, but they make up for it in scenery. Surrounded by mountains and beaches, it comes to no surprise that Vancouver is an ideal setting for film and TV. Want to save on flying? Choose a flight to Seattle, then take a shuttle into Downtown Vancouver. Also, save on gas (it tends to cost more up North) by utilizing the public transport. For more on traveling to Vancouver, check out these tips.

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Bermuda

Like the Bahamas, Bermuda is another dream getaway. It seems pretty unrealistic that a vacation to Bermuda is possible when it comes to being on a budget, but it is! Because May to September is Bermuda’s peak season, it’s uncrowded and affordable. Although temperatures are in the 60s, there’s still so much to enjoy and so much to see. Restaurants also offer great deals because they tend to suffer throughout the winter months from less tourists. The key to planning an affordable trip to Bermuda is, well, to PLAN. Plan in advance so you can save more. TripAvisor offers the best deals when it comes to a romantic vacation, family trip or an all-inclusive holiday.

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Denver, Colorado

This one’s for all of you who are ready to embrace winter and all of its wonderful qualities. It’s pretty uncommon for U.S. ski destinations to offer lower seasonal rates during winter, but Denver is the exception. With attractions like Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park, it shouldn’t come to a surprise why Denver is an ideal spot for winter sports and activities. Still not convinced? Read more about the breathtaking city here.

 

It’s time to take an affordable winter vacation. Vacations are for relaxing — so when you travel to one of these five places this winter, leave the stress of your luggage with us. You can now fly into all five of these affordable destinations while using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service. See the full list of locations.

Checklist for Packing a Lighter Suitcase

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For those of you who have a hard time parting ways with your belongings, here’s a checklist for packing a lighter suitcase. Pack now, thank us later.

Gather the essentials first…

  • Passport, ID, credit cards, cash, etc.
  • Cellphone + charger
  • Contact lenses and/or glasses (pack extra contacts)
  • Toiletries: travel-size shampoo, conditioner, soap deodorant, face wash, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, sunscreen, razor, makeup, etc.
  • Comb and/or brush
  • Sunglasses
  • Headphones

Here comes the wardrobe…

  • Neutral colors/clothes you can mix and match
  • Double duty pieces, like a scarf that can act as a picnic blanket, tablecloth, head scarf, privacy curtain, etc.
  • 1 Jacket/sweatshirt (which you can wear on the plane)
  • Socks (stuff inside your shoes) and underwear
  • 2 pairs of shoes (wear your bulkiest pair on your flight and pack the other, or wear 1 versatile pair for entire trip)

Things you do NOT need…

  • Camera (say hello to your phone)
  • Batteries (if you need them, you can purchase batteries anywhere)
  • Alarm clock (hello again, phone)
  • iPod/iPhone dock and/or bluetooth speaker (put your phone’s volume on high and place it in a bowl)
  • Books (read from your phone for this trip — you probably won’t get much reading accomplished)
  • Towels
  • Jewelry
  • Blankets
  • Hair dryer (most hotels already have one)
  • Purses (carry one with you on the flight and that’s it)
  • Gym clothes for that “possible workout”
  • Valuables
  • Laptop (use your phone or a tablet)

When you can’t compromise on packing a lighter suitcase…

If you end up packing more because you simply need the extra items or because you’re going on a long trip/vacation, that’s ok! Be sure to check your bags through Bags VIP Luggage Delivery. Our luggage delivery service allows you to skip baggage claim entirely because we’ll deliver your bags to your destination.

Best Timing for Cruising

With summer approaching, a holiday cruise is on many travelers’ minds. However, the best time to take a cruise and the cheapest time to sail are not always the same. While warm weather is usually the preferred climate for cruising, it is also when ships are the most crowded and most expensive. However the cheapest times to sail are often wen most travelers avoid, with less than ideal weather or seasonal closures. But the attraction of cheap fares and uncongested ports may make you reconsider the best time for you to take your vacation. Don’t bother shipping a suitcase! We can deliver your bags right to your cabin.

While planning your next cruise or your first trip, taking timing and pricing of your journey is crucial. A combination of low prices and uncrowded ships will make for a much more fulfilling trip than just going during the most popular time. Here’s a helpful when-to-cruise guide for some popular destinations.

Bermuda

High Season: June – August

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In Bermuda, beach season is high season. Cruises to this tropical destination generally sail from April through mid-November. With most people traveling during the summer months, these voyages are usually a little pricier. However, cruises here often have a large selection of ships to choose from, and there are often deals on spring and fall departures (April through early June and September through November). While not considered the “high season”, Bermuda has temperate weather all year round and is less susceptible to extreme storms or hurricanes than the Caribbean. If the weather happens to be chilly or rainy while you’re there, check out the islands many luxurious spas and golf courses.

Alaska

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High Season: June – August

While a beautiful majestic destination, Alaska has a relatively short cruising season; ships venture to its northern waters only between May and September. The months of June through August are the best months for warm weather in the normally chilly state, and make for the best and most popular cruising. In May and September is when you will find some closures and colder weather, but this is also when you can find the best prices. For a combination, may is the driest month of the season for an Alaskan cruise, making rain less likely while you glacier gaze and still offers reasonable prices and smaller crowds. For a pricing advantage, northbound glacier routes tend to be cheaper than southbound.

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High Season: Late June – August; Christmas and New Year’s weeks; February – mid-April

As you can probably imagine, voyages to the Caribbean are available year round, but the best time to go is during the winter months in the northern hemisphere. The warm Caribbean climate during the December through April months are a welcome escape from the cold in the north, and these months tend to be the driest months in the islands as well. The bargain prices are usually during the late summer and fall months, due to hurricane season. But that doesn’t mean you need to risk a storm to save a buck. You can usually find patches of bargain sailing during the first weeks of December and early spring. However the timing of these deals can be sporadic, so you need to keep an eye out to book the lowest rate you can.

Mexico

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High Season: Holiday weeks; February – mid-April

All year cruises are available to Mexico as part of western travel itinerary or as a solo Mexican adventure. Try to hit this destination sometime between November and May for the driest times and avoid bad weather. But as expected, these are the pricier months. If you plan carefully, you can hit a pocket of deals during the fall months, right between the high seasons and hurricane season.

New England and Canada

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High Season: September and October

For a different kind of cruise experience, try a trip up to the North East. With ships departing from May through October, you best bet for a warmer trip is to shoot for some time between late June and early September. However, if you’re looking for more sightseeing, the time to go is early to mid-October when the region is gripped by the colors of the fall foliage. These trips are included in the lower cost season for New England and Canada, which fit in between May and late October. But if you go during these months, expect to stay inside and avoid the pool.

Hawaii

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High Season: Late December – April

Similar to the Caribbean, Hawaii has cruises available year round. The best times to go are also pretty similar. With four Norwegian Cruise Line America ships dedicated to Hawaii cursing, your best time to sail to the islands is during summer and fall when you have less chance of getting rained out. During the summer months is also the most popular and crowded time, since many people are on vacation from school and its honeymoon season. For cheaper and less crowded trips, look to book between November and February, but make sure to avoid holiday cruise dates.

Regardless of where you choose to go, the first and final days of a cruise can be a stressful, time consuming ordeal when you have to collect your luggage to and from the port. Use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service instead of shipping a suitcase for delivery right to your cabin. On debarkation day, check into your flight from the ship and let us handle your luggage. Make the most out of the final day of your voyage – all without the burden of luggage.

Bags Inc. Launches Corporate Website

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We are excited to have reached another critical milestone in an eventful year: the launch of our new corporate website, located at www.bagsinc.com. The previous year has seen the establishment of many new partnerships, the expansion of our operations, and updates to our consumer website, among many other exciting changes taking place during a period of substantial growth.

Looking back, we’ve come a long way since our beginnings as a small valet parking company in Orlando, growing into a nationwide provider of innovative delivery, hospitality, and airport services. We now operate in more than 250 U.S. cities, employ more than 4,000 dedicated team members, and handle more than 5 million bags per year, finding new ways to answer the same question on which the company was founded: “How can we Make Travel Easier?”

The answers to that simple question are more than 20 years in the making, driving the development of innovative travel and hospitality solutions for businesses of any category and size. We hope that our corporate website adequately illustrates those solutions, and that our future business partners will discover the many benefits of partnering with Bags Inc.