Don’t you sometimes wish that just by booking your flight, everything else would just automatically happen? But buying that pricey plane ticket is just the tipping point of your journey. From going through security when checking in, to making sure your shampoo doesn’t spill in your luggage, there is so much to think about. Here are 15 travel hacks to make traveling a whole lot easier. You’re welcome.
1. Cable Control
Looking through your luggage trying to find the cable that charges one of six devices can be a nightmare. And when you do find it, it’s entangled into a ball of chaos. To make it easier on yourself, put all your cables in an old sunglass case to keep everything in place.
2. Carry An Empty Water Bottle Through Security
Buying anything at an airport can be expensive especially something to drink after you’ve been through security. To save yourself a little money and get as much water you want, carry an empty water bottle through security and then fill it up on the other side. It’s that easy!
3. Roll Your Clothes
Packing can be a nightmare. Trying to fit your toiletries, along with your clothes and shoes into a tiny suitcase is the worst. But by rolling your clothes, you’ll not only save yourself a whole lot of space and possibly an extra baggage fee.
4. Ask Your Hotel For A Charger
Forgetting your mobile phone charger at home can be a nightmare! Yes, you can buy an overpriced one at the airport, but it is really not worth it. Most hotels have spare chargers that you can use during your stay, just ask at reception.
5. Keep Your Clothes Smelling Fresh
After being squished into a suitcase for numerous hours, your clothes can smell pretty bad. To prevent this, all you have to do is stick a dryer sheet in your suitcase and you’ll arrive at your destination with great smelling clothes.
6. Use A Pill Container To Store Jewellery
This one is pretty awesome. Instead of lugging around your entire jewellery box, pull your favourite pieces and put them in a pill container. This is especially helpful for earrings and rings.
7. Put Your Phone Into A Plastic Bag
Plastic bags aren’t just good for storing sandwiches, it can double up as waterproofing for your phone. You could buy those fancy waterproof bags, but a plastic bag with a seal works just as well. Take it to the beach to prevent sand getting into it and helping it stay dry. Just don’t try throwing it into the ocean, they aren’t that good.
8. Email Copies Of Your Passport and Visa To Yourself
Every travellers worst nightmare is getting their passport stolen or losing it. Trying to find the embassy of your country can make for a lot of stress. You can save yourself a whole lot of trouble and simply email yourself digital copies of these documents.
9. Get A Cheaper Plane Ticket By Clearing Your Cache
Yes, it’s true. We’ve all been paying a bit more for plane tickets all because our browser cache wasn’t cleared! By doing this between searches for tickets you’ll be getting the newest and sometimes cheapest prices.
10. Ask For Free Things
Getting free things are great! Don’t be afraid to ask for an upgrade on your flight, hotel room or for special treats for special occasions! You’ll often find most places will gladly help where and whenever they can.
11. Hide Emergency Money In An Empty Lip Balm
Out-smart the bad guys by putting some emergency cash in what looks like a lip balm. This secret compartment is useful when leaving money in your suitcase or your hotel room.
12. Protect You Camera in a Soap Case
Sometimes your camera case is soft and floppy and doesn’t offer much protection. You can’t just fling your camera into your bag and expect it not to get damaged either. The solution to this problem is putting it into a soap case. It’s small enough to fit into your backpack or handbag too.
13. Avoid Jet Lag
Exercise, exercise, exercise! The day before you leave on your journey, do more exercise than normal. It won’t only make you super fit, but will help you avoid jet lag!
14. Invest In A Portable Charger
It’s a nightmare scenario when your phone dies and you’re on a full day tour around the remote islands of Thailand. You can’t Instagram your favourite snaps or even WhatsApp them to your friends. But with a portable charger you can get some extra battery life and keep going!
15. Take A Pen
From filling out immigration cards to signing a insurance form on a tour, pens are so useful while travelling. It’s also great for getting hot guys’ or girls’ numbers when you don’t have your phone on you.