Traveling is a truly exceptional experience. There is no other way to get a better understanding of the world than to explore it and the people who live in it.
However, traveling can also be a real headache. From figuring out how to pack your favorite pair of running shoes to air sickness, it’s like the hassles can almost outweigh the excitement of the journey.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. These 25 travel hacks will solve every dilemma a would-be travel could ever face… and then some!
1. Roll up your clothing: Space is at a premium when you are packing for a long trip. Get as much out of your suitcase as you can by rolling up your clothes when you pack them instead of folding them. It makes a real difference!
2. Put dryer sheets in your luggage: If you’re worried about your clothes smelling less than fresh once you unpack, just stick a few fresh dryer sheets into your bag! They will keep everything smelling like you just pulled it out of the laundry.
3. Make a soap pouch: If you would rather not travel lugging around your bodywash bottle from home, why not make a soap pouch? It’s very easy: just sew up a bar of your favorite brand of soap inside an old washcloth and you’re ready to get sudsy on the go!
4. Put toothpaste in empty eye drop bottles: Getting your essentials past security in a carry-on bag isn’t as easy as it used to be. To make sure that you pass inspection with flying colors, put your toothpaste inside an empty eye drop bottle.
5. Use straws to pack your jewelry: Just because you’re traveling that’s no reason not to look your best. To keep your necklaces from getting knotted, string them through a straw like this one. Just remember to remove the straw before you wear it!
6. Browse incognito: If you’re trying to book hotel or airline tickets, always make sure you have private browsing enabled before you click. These sites can tell when you’ve visited them before, and they often raise their prices accordingly.
7. Use the tray table hook: Why you’re flying, don’t forget to make use of that funny little hook on your tray table latch. It’s the perfect place to hang up your headphones or even a lightweight jacket. Talk about useful!
8. Use shower caps when you pack: When you pack a suitcase, you don’t want to have to worry about your dirty shoes sullying all of your freshly laundered clothing. Spare yourself the headache by storing your shoes inside shower caps!
9. Contact lens case storage: Those extra contact lens cases you have kicking around make great containers to store a little bit of moisturizer and foundation. This is also a convenient way to freshen up your look during super long flights.
10. Glasses case for cord storage: Even if you don’t use a glasses case regularly, investing in a cute one is a great idea. That’s because they’re the perfect size to help store all of the cords for your electronics.
11. Exercise: If you get hit with jet lag when you travel, do your best to go for a jog or do some other light exercise the day before. This will help you to relax once you’re in the air and it can make readjusting to the time change easier.
12. Straw storage: You don’t need to spend a fortune buying speciality travel cases for your toiletries. All you need are some plastic straws and tape! Fill them up with the desired amount, then label and seal them with the tape.
13. Pill case storage: If you carry a lot of jewelry when you fly, you might want to pick up a cheap pill case. These cases make for great storage for smaller items like those favorite pairs of earrings you’re always misplacing.
14. Always go left: When you’re faced with a choice of direction while waiting to go through security, always go to the left. Statistically, studies have found that the left side of the line always moves along quicker than the right.
15. Shoes for safety: If you’re traveling with something fragile like a bottle of nice wine or your favorite perfume, why not try putting it inside of one your shoes instead of leaving it loose in your suitcase? The shoe acts as a great protective barrier.
16. Pack inside your shoes: If you’re running out of space in your suitcase (and who isn’t?), try packing items like your socks and underwear inside of your shoes to save as much space as possible. It works like a dream.
17. Binder clips: If you travel with earbuds consider picking up a binder clip to keep them safe and to prevent them from forming knots in the future. Binder clips also work as a great option when it comes to covering up razor blades.
18. Emergency cash: If you’re traveling abroad, you ought to make sure that you have plenty of emergency cash. Using something like an old ChapStick container can be a great way to store cash in a place no one would think to look.
19. Maps hacks: If you use Google Maps when you travel (like so many folks out there) and you’re heading to an area without a signal or WiFi, simply type “ok maps” into your search bar to save the map of the currently displayed area.
20. Empty water bottle: Buying refreshments at the airport can be a costly endeavor, however everyone knows that traveling by air can dehydrate you. Pack an empty water bottle and fill it once you’re through security at a water fountain.
21. Buttons: If you are traveling with a few pairs of stud earrings and you don’t want to misplace them, consider storing them on a large spare button. This keeps them organized and makes the earrings much easier to find.
22. Pot holders: If you are traveling with a blow dryer or a curling or straightening iron, consider also packing a pot holder. These can be handy ways of storing your hair care appliances—and not burning yourself—when you’re on the go!
23. FourSquare: Don’t forget to check out apps like FourSquare before you try that new coffee shop. Not only will it give you a great review, but it will very often give you the WiFi passwords ahead of time.
24. Peppermint oil: It’s not uncommon for some people to become nauseated while they are traveling. Using peppermint tea for aromatherapy purposes can really help. It can also freshen your breath and banish body odor in a pinch.
25. Give back: At the end of your trip you might find yourself with currency of the country you have been visiting leftover in your pockets. Consider giving it to a worthy cause or a person who is in need. Always pay it forward!
Who knew that traveling could be so simple? With tips like these you’ll no longer be frantically running around at the last minute anymore!
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