Awesome Tips Traveler's Toolbox
If you’re heading out of town for the holidays. These travel hacks will make solve a lot of problems.
Here’s a useful hint about Google Maps – it can actually be used offline as well as long as you pre-set the final destination ahead of time. If you are in an area with WIFI access, load your route before leaving and then simply turn off the WIFI and head on out.
The best cash to carry with you is on a credit card. Whether you’re planning on exchanging money before you depart for holidays or exchanging bills while you’re in the country, your overall best bet to saving a few extra bucks is to remove cash from an ATM just like you would at home. The fees tend to be much lower and sometimes there is no fee from the machine at all.
Shopping in the grocery stores can be just as fun as going out, if not more fun. Instead of saying “I wish I had of tried that” you can go on a full shopping spree through the grocery isles trying anything and everything you can get your hands on. Not to mention, you may also end up saving quite a few dollars eating in rather than going out every day.
Depending on the type of travel you are embarking on, putting dryer sheets into your luggage might be a huge bonus. Laundry sheets leave your clothes smelling fresh and clean throughout your travels despite what you may be getting up to.
Putting socks into your shoes will save a lot of space in the long run. Another great tip is to put any liquids in your checked bag into your sneakers. Tying your liquids tightly into your sneakers may not only save you space but save you from cleaning up a soapy mess at your final destination.
There’s nothing worse being so close to the boarding gate but having to be stopped by security a handful of times before successfully getting your hand luggage and boarding your plane. If you spend the time before your flight preparing what to wear, this may save you quite some time in line at security. Avoid belts, bobby pins, metal toed shoes, loose change and metal buttons.
Whether I’ve forgotten my phone adapter, lost it or just completely forgot to pack the original charger in general, having a portable phone charger handy is always a great idea. Most portable phone chargers have the ability to charge your phone two times over before needing a power boost.
Here’s where you can have a little fun with your organization. When it comes time to sitting down and organizing all your photos sometimes it’s a difficult and daunting task when you can’t remember where the pictures were taken or when the location changes. Try taking a ‘selfie’ in between destination or even something as simple as a picture of your hand. Doing so will allow you so better see where the divide needs to happen. My favorite: just taking a photo of the city/country sign before I enter.
We capitalized empty because if you fill it up before the airport security check, you’re going to loose your nice handy water bottle that was packed intentionally for your trip. Look into buying a foldable plastic water bottle which expands when it’s full and has the ability to roll up and slide into a pocket after use.
Though you may not want to use the shower caps after, this serves as a handy tool to protecting your clothes and other items in the suitcase from getting dirty. When you’ve organized your luggage nicely at the beginning of the trip, that’s one story, but when you’re half way through your trip rushing to your next destination and shoving all your shoes and clothes back into the suitcase, this is where those shower caps may come in handy.
This goes for jewelry as well – all long cords and chains that can get easily caught and tangled can be organized and individually wrapped around metal clips. You’ll be thanking us later for this handy tip when you’re not spending hours trying to untangle all your wires and chains.
If you’re a seasoned traveller, you may have heard about this trick a few times and it’s true. Try rolling every piece of clothing you have in your suitcase instead of folding it. I know, I didn’t believe it the first time I did it either but through trial and error it did come out to be quite a success!