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.
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31 Travel Hacks
- 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.
- 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.
- Adding tissue paper with your clothes can prevent wrinkles.
- Before you travel overseas, call your credit card company to let them know so you’ll be authorized to make international purchases.
- To save space, try rolling your clothes instead of folding them.
- If you’re traveling with a lot of jewelry, use a days-of-the-week pill container to keep track of it.
- Glasses cases can double as a carrying case for iPhone chargers.
- No room for your socks? Keep them inside your shoes.
- Use binder clips to protect the blades of your disposable razors, and to keep the wires for your ear buds together.
- Fold bars of a soap inside of washcloths to protect them.
- This is one of the savvy travel hacks – keep your shoes inside a shower cap so that the soles don’t dirty your clothing.
- Use an empty Tic Tac container to carry your hairpins.
- One of my favorite travel hacks is to put a belt inside your shirt collars to keep then nice and crisp.
- Don’t buy new toothpaste or shampoo for every trip. Refill them with what you have at home.
- Keep items like your laptop in a smaller bag, to avoid having to lug a carry on bag everywhere you go.
- Bring several pairs of underwear in your carry-on just in case your luggage ends up lost.
- Collect travel and sample-size items before you leave so you’ll have them when it’s time to pack.
- Pre-pack everything you can, and always have a toiletry bag ready.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you’ve forgotten the charger all together, check with the hotel. They may be able to lend you one.
- Keep your phone in a plastic bag if you’re going to a water park or the beach to protect it from getting wet.
- Scan your passport, ID and itinerary and email it to yourself in case of theft or loss.
- Don’t spend $4 on bottled water at the airport. Bring your own empty bottle, and then fill it after you clear security.
- 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.
- Check Foursquare’s comments to find out WiFi passwords.
- 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.
- On road trips, bring a plastic cereal container with you to use as a trash can.
- 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.
- To use Google Maps offline, type “ok maps” and the area where you are will save.
- 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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