Who doesn’t love some great travel tips and tricks? We compiled a list of our 45 top travel hacks and tips to make your next trip a little easier. From packing to boarding we’ve got you covered. Please share your favorite travel tip in the comments below. If you find this article useful don’t forget to share.
Air Travel Tips, Tricks, and Hacks
- Airports charge a hefty price on bottled water. Bring an empty water bottle in your carry on and fill it after you exit security.
- Ditch the carry-on and invest in a travel jacket or cargo pants- those pockets can hold most of your carry-on essentials. You can find out more about travel clothes here.
- Have a long flight? Wear a night moisturizer because it’s extra hydrating and you’ll have plenty of time to let it sink in and do its job.
- Bring a thermos or insulated travel cup with lemon, honey, and your favorite tea bag. Then ask the flight attendant to fill it with hot water.
- Wear your heaviest shoes on the plane as well as your heaviest coat. You’ll save room and that coat can double as a good pillow.
- You can google your airline name and flight number to check the status of your flight
- Mark your checked luggage as fragile. This will (hopefully!) let the baggage handlers know to treat your bag with extra care and it will be one of the first unloaded from the plane when you land
- Frequent traveler? Apply for TSA pre-check and avoid the long lines
- Pack a pen before leaving home in your purse or carry on so you can complete customs forms. Airline personal rarely have them. Fill the forms out when you get them and ensure that your family members have theirs filled as well.
- When you’re traveling with another person, book the aisle and window seats leaving the middle seat free. Unless you have a sold-out flight single travelers will rarely choose the middle seat. If they do simply ask to trade seats, hardly anyone will pass up a trade to an aisle seat over the middle.
- If you have a black suitcase (or other common colored bag) tie a bright ribbon to the handle or buy a bright luggage strap to put around the bag so that it is easier to identify
- Shop for flights 4 -5 months before your trip. Use an app like hopper for alerts when prices drop. Most experts say to buy your flight 3 months prior to your trip for the best price
- Use a paperclip to ”lock” your zippers on suitcases and carry-ons together. This helps detour pickpockets and helps your checked luggage from opening on route
- Find out which security lines are busy with the whatsbusy app, it shows which security lines at the airport are busy so you can save some time.
- Tuesday afternoons are the best day and time to book flights
Packing tricks and tips
- Roll your clothes instead of folding. This will save a ton of space. Try rolling outfits together for easy grab and go.
- To save even more space use packing cubes or compression bags.
- Cover your raiser with a binder clip
- Use old tic tac containers for bobby pins, safety pins, or other small items
- Pack a first aid kit, make sure to include plenty of bandages in case of blisters.
- Use a sunglasses case to store earbuds and charging cables
- Use a pill container to sort and store your jewelry or buy some small press and seal baggies and put each day’s jewelry in its own baggie.
- Short trip? Fill an old contact lens case with your foundation or moisturizer.
- To protect wine bottles in suitcases, wrap them in WineSkin or pool floaties
- Pack at least one full outfit and any essentials (like prescription medication, contacts, sunglasses) in your carry on in case your luggage is lost. Beach vacation? Make sure to pack a swimsuit in your carry on.
- Place a cotton pad in your blush, shadow, or powder compact to ensure that it won’t break while you’re in transit.
- To prevent bottles from leaking in your luggage, place plastic wrap between the mouth of the container and the cap. Screw cap on tight. Leaving the hotel and don’t have any plastic wrap? Cut a square from the shower cap and use that instead.
- If you are trying to pack lite then pack all neutral colored clothing (black, white, grays, etc) that can be mixed and matched. Add a few bright scarves or jewelry items to add color
- Bring a large ziplock bag or other waterproof bag to store damp swimsuits or toiletries in.
- Forgot the wall plug for your charger? Use the USB port on the hotel TV to charge your phone or device. Most modern TVs have a USB connector on the back or side.
- Make photo backups of all your travel documents or scan them and email to yourself
- Check with your credit card company before foreign travel to be sure they do not charge foreign transaction fees, also a good idea to alert them you will be traveling so they do not block your charges.
- Pack a potholder to store your curling or flat iron in to protect the clothes in your suitcase
- Find free Wi-Fi with the four-square app.
- Sign up for hotel and airline rewards clubs. Those points add up and can be cashed in for free rooms or flights.
- When you’re driving in a new city and need to remember where you parked, drop a pin on Google Maps or take a picture of the parking space with your phone.
- To use Google Maps offline, type “ok maps” and the current area on your phone will save for later
- If you’re heading to a theme park or the beach, put your phone in a plastic bag (or buy a wet bag) to prevent it from getting wet. Don’t forget sand can also damage your phone
- Instead of a hotel, look into reserving a home if traveling with a family or group, or a single room if alone. Websites like Home away, VRBO, and Airbnb can provide homes and private rooms, usually offering better prices and accommodations than hotels. Search VRBO to find the perfect property for you
- ATMs always dispense local currency so use your debit or credit card and get your money there. If you use the money converters in the airport they can come with high fees and the exchange rates are a rip-off.
- Use your flat iron instead of an iron and ironing board to touch up your clothes or pack a small bottle of wrinkle release spray and spritz your clothes as soon as you unpack
- Empty a Chapstick tube and insert rolled money into it and keep in your pocket in case you lose your bag, or it is stolen
- hanging a shoe organizer over the back of your seat to keep the little ones entertained. Fill the pockets with small toys, healthy snacks, juice boxes, travel-sized games or other fun things to keep them busy.
- When traveling with a baby order diapers online and ship to your destination (if you have Amazon Prime you can ship for free)
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