Travel Hacks for Stress Free, Enjoyable Journeys


Business Travel

Traveling can be stressful. Even the most relaxing business event or vacation can start with a tense, nerve-wracking trip. A business trip, in particular, can have its own headaches beyond the ones that come from packing, finding lodging, etc.

But there are ways you can make your trip easier. Below is are travel hacks for packing and tips for an enjoyable, stress-free journey.

Editor’s note: watch a video featuring the top 10 holiday travel tips.



31 Travel Hacks

  1. If you’re going online to book your flight or make a hotel reservation, be sure you turn on your Web browser’s private browsing function. Travel sites will often track your visits, and raise the prices for returning customers.
  2. This is one of the travel hacks that’ll keep everything clean smelling. Put a dryer sheet in your suitcase. It will keep your clothes smelling fresh, and it’ll also cut down on static.
  3. Adding tissue paper with your clothes can prevent wrinkles.
  4. Before you travel overseas, call your credit card company to let them know so you’ll be authorized to make international purchases.
  5. To save space, try rolling your clothes instead of folding them.
  6. If you’re traveling with a lot of jewelry, use a days-of-the-week pill container to keep track of it.
  7. Glasses cases can double as a carrying case for iPhone chargers.
  8. No room for your socks? Keep them inside your shoes.
  9. Use binder clips to protect the blades of your disposable razors, and to keep the wires for your ear buds together.
  10. Fold bars of a soap inside of washcloths to protect them.
  11. This is one of the savvy travel hacks – keep your shoes inside a shower cap so that the soles don’t dirty your clothing.
  12. Use an empty Tic Tac container to carry your hairpins.
  13. One of my favorite travel hacks is to put a belt inside your shirt collars to keep then nice and crisp.
  14. Don’t buy new toothpaste or shampoo for every trip. Refill them with what you have at home.
  15. Keep items like your laptop in a smaller bag, to avoid having to lug a carry on bag everywhere you go.
  16. Bring several pairs of underwear in your carry-on just in case your luggage ends up lost.
  17. Collect travel and sample-size items before you leave so you’ll have them when it’s time to pack.
  18. Pre-pack everything you can, and always have a toiletry bag ready.
  19. On the plane, wear something with preferably deep pockets. This will keep you from having to dig through your bag for your phone, wallet, and boarding pass.
  20. If you forget the outlet plug in for your phone charger, check the back of the TV in your hotel room. There’s usually a USB port which will allow you to charge.
  21. If you’ve forgotten the charger all together, check with the hotel. They may be able to lend you one.
  22. Keep your phone in a plastic bag if you’re going to a water park or the beach to protect it from getting wet.
  23. Scan your passport, ID and itinerary and email it to yourself in case of theft or loss.
  24. Don’t spend $4 on bottled water at the airport. Bring your own empty bottle, and then fill it after you clear security.
  25. When reserving seats for two people on a plane, pick the window and aisle seats. If no one takes the middle, you get a full row to yourselves. If someone does, just ask to switch and you can sit next to your colleague, friend or loved one.
  26. Check Foursquare’s comments to find out WiFi passwords.
  27. This is one of the travel hacks where you could end up being a hero – bring a power strip with you to help other travelers.
  28. On road trips, bring a plastic cereal container with you to use as a trash can.
  29. Need to remember where you parked in a new city? Drop a pin in Google Maps, or take a picture of your space with your phone.
  30. To use Google Maps offline, type “ok maps” and the area where you are will save.
  31. Not to recommend alcohol as a solution to travel-related stress, but if you want a drink on your flight, you can carry on your own miniature bottle.

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Tom Coombe


Tom Coombe Tom Coombe is a staff writer for Small Business Trends and has been a professional writer for over 15 years, spending most of that time covering news in the Lehigh Valley. He's worked as a reporter for the Allentown Morning Call and an editor for AOL's Patch.com news service. Tom has also freelanced for WFMZ, the Produce Marketing Association and a number of other publications.

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  1. Great tips. I also like to put socks in my shoes so that shoes don’t get crushed.

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