Passport Travel Tip

Scan your passport, important documents, prescriptions and photos of your instrument and equipment in case they are stolen.

Then email them to someone (you can contact easily by the internet) staying home so that if you lose your documents you can have them emailed to you (or your embassy – or the authorities) to make it easier to get replacements.

If you have a secure file server with your website, you can also upload the files there for retrieval by you. I also read where you can upload the images to a free account on Flickr and then set it as “private” (not sure how secure this is.)

Other items to scan :

  • Traveler Check numbers,
  • Credit Cards,
  • Important telephone numbers,
  • prescriptions,
  • eyeglass prescription,
  • critical medical info,
  • itinerary (with phone numbers of hotels and gigs).

Be sure everyone in your party knows how to retrieve the information (such as who is holding the info) in case something happens to you.

Also, take pictures of your instruments and equipment in case they are stolen. Be sure to take close ups of any interior labels or identifying marks (like stickers, dings, scratches). This is helpful on tour in this country and even in your home town and for insurance purposes.

Got any other handy travel tips? Leave comments below.

Happy traveling! Send pictures.

Airbed N breakfast – great resource for places to stay or to rent out a room

http://www.airbnb.com/

Do you have an extra room/apartment/house to rent? If you have a spare room to rent out during mardi gras/jazz fest you need to get on this site. I use this site to rent my house in New Orleans during jazz fest and mardi gras. The people I get are wonderful.

Do you need cheap places to rent while traveling / on tour? There are some really great deals on this site. Don’t be fooled by the Airbed in the name - most have real beds!

Internet Concerts

If you thought YouTube was a great venue to connect with the world, you need to explore one of the latest trends – online performance sites. Some are geared around a specific venue. Others feature live performances from all over.

Live from Daryl’s House Live from Daryl’s House started with Daryl’s light-bulb moment idea of “playing music with my friends and putting it up on the Internet.”

Black Cab Sessions A unique venue – the back of a cab.

They Shoot Music Don’t They? Viennese videos

Blogotheque

Gig Kit

What’s in your gig kit?

Leave a comment below to contribute to the list.

It’s 9:49 pm and you go on in 10 minutes. You’re downing a last gulp of your drink and someone knocks into you, spilling it all over your shirt. Did you bring another one? Do you even have any spot remover? Anticipating what could go wrong and planning for it can save the day (night).

So what items should always be with you, either out in the van or in your gig bag? You may be surprised by what you’ve forgotten.

ESSENTIALS

  • extra strings, picks, reeds, etc.
  • Extra stage clothes
  • sharpie
  • note paper

GOOD TO HAVE

  • bungee cords
  • rubber bands
  • tape
  • scissors
  • stain remover
  • towel/rags
  • sewing kit
  • Extra mic cord
  • shoe laces

Leave a comment below to contribute to the list.