While traveling is fun, packing and preparing for it can often be annoying, particularly with all the security restrictions at airports. But there are some very easy tips and tricks that can make your travel life a lot easier once you implement them.
Here are 20 amazing travel tips and tricks you should start using today.
Roll Your Clothes
Instead of folding your clothes, you can save a lot of space in your luggage by rolling your clothes. It might not seem obvious at first but it truly works and rumor has it that this is how flight attendants pack for a trip!
Use TicTac Case For Storage
For many women, packing bobby pins is just plain annoying since they tend to get in a tangled mess quite easily. The solution? Empty out a TicTac case and store your pins in there.
Store Jewelry In Contact Lens Container
To avoid having to launch a search and rescue mission in your suitcase when you’ve lost an earring, store your earrings in a contact lens container.
Clear Browser Cache
Have you noticed that the first time you searched for a flight it was cheaper than the subsequent times your searched? That’s because your internet browser keep a history of your activity and searches. Airline companies can retrieve your browser information and use it to bump up prices the second or third time you go to their site. Make sure to clear your browser cookies and cache and you might find that prices drop down.
Pack Cables Neatly
Packing cables for your electronic devices can be tiresome, particularly since they tend to get into one tangled up ball! The best solution is to wrap them together and then use an empty sunglasses case to store them in.
Cover Shoes In Plastic
You don’t have time to clean up all your shoes before you go on a trip so, to avoid getting dirt onto your clothes, pack your shoes in a shower cap. This will go a long way toward protecting your clothes and your suitcase lining.
Use Your Hotel Room TV To Charge Devices
At one time or another, you’ve arrived at your destination and realized that you forgot to bring the charger port for your phone or tablet. Well, before you panic, check the back of your TV to see if it has a USB port. If it does, then you can plug in your phone’s charging cable and charge away!
DIY In-Car Trash Can
When you’re going on a long road trip, bring a cereal box with you and use it as an in-car trash can to dump food packaging, cans and more.
Safeguard Your Phone From The Elements
That moment when you’re on vacation and you drop your phone in the pool or tub is just a nightmare. Prevent this from happening by keeping your phone in a ziploc bag, so that if water – or even, sand – should touch the phone, you have nothing to worry about.
Watch Out For Flight Sales
If you’re planning a trip, sign up for one or two newsletters from airlines. Sometimes, those emails contain some significant flight discounts that you can take advantage of.
Enjoy Stopover Deals
If you plan things right, you can take advantage of airline stopover deals. Several airlines offer this and it basically allows you to get two trips for the price of one!
Just because you’re traveling, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of your favorite treats. If you’re an oatmeal fan, try putting some nuts, seeds and oats into a plastic baggie before your trip. Then on the plane, ask for hot water, add it to your mix and just like that, you are back in your happy place.
Freeze Your Water
TSA doesn’t allow passengers to go through security with liquids in containers that exceed 100ml. However, if you freeze your water before heading to the airport, you can bypass that rule.
Easy Password Management
When you’re traveling to a foreign country, trying to figure out internet passwords can be a pain so to keep things easy, go to the FourSquare profile for the area you’re in. You can usually search the comments and quickly locate the password.
No More Razor Cuts
Getting cut or nicked by a razor is no fun, so to save your fingers, place a large binder clip over the part of your razor that has the blades.
To make sure you have internet connection during your trip, buy a portable hotspot that will allow you to get on the internet when you need it. Pay-as-you-go options are usually available for these and they end up being a good and affordable choice.
Purchase Flights During The Week
For many of us, the weekend is the most convenient time to search for flights, but research has shown that prices tend to be highest during the weekend. The best days to buy are midweek, specifically on Wednesday and Thursday.
Take A Picture Of Your Passport
Before your trip, take a picture of your passport with your phone and save it in your phone’s gallery so that if something happens to your real passport, you have digital proof of it.
Craft Your Own TV Screen
If you booked a flight on a cheap airline and you don’t have a dedicated TV screen, make your own by putting your phone or tablet inside a clear bag, and then hanging the bag from the back of the tray table.
Get Over Jet Lag Quickly
There’s a very simple way to get over jet lag and that is to get your body moving before your trip! Doing some light to moderate exercise, like walking or jogging, before your departure will help you feel much better once you arrive at your destination.