These simple travel hacks will save you time, money and energy. Give them a try and then let us know on Facebook what you think.
Use straws for your liquids
If you’re in need of shampoos, shower gels and cosmetics during your flight, straws make for excellent containers. Small enough to be under the 100ml limit, easy to carry and lightweight. To make, simply cut the desired length, fill and tape up the ends. Remember to label.
Go private when booking your flights online
When booking your flights online, be sure to have your private browser setting on. Flight booking engines can track if you have visited the site before and often put the price of flights up if you have returned. By searching on a private setting you will trick the flight search engine into thinking you are a new customer and provide you with the most competitive rates.
Pill containers are the best jewellery cases
Many people will carry a selection of jewellery when travelling. Those see through plastic weekly pill containers make perfect jewellery cases. Each section is large enough for a bracelet, small necklace or pair of earrings, keeping them safe and making them easy to find. Be sure to get a good quality pill box as the cheaper variety tend to open during transit.
Stuff your shirt collar with a rolled belt
If you’re travelling for a business meeting or just prefer to look smart, try rolling a belt and lining your shirt collar to keep it crisp. Unless you bring multiple belts, this only really works with one shirt which is best kept at the top of the clothing pile.
Stop clothes from wrinkling with tissue paper
One of the most common complaints is wrinkled clothes, particularly if you are travelling for an important occasion or for business. If your clothes have a tendency to wrinkle in luggage, layer tissue paper between the folds of the clothes which eliminates the problem.
Wrap your headphones around a bulldog clip
What is it about headphone cables getting tangled? You can guarantee that putting them in your pocket will ensure that you spend 5 minutes untangling them later. To solve the problem, try wrapping them around a bulldog clip which can then be clipped in a pocket or to your jacket. A useful hack anytime, not just when you are travelling.
Keep hair clips in a Tic Tac container
Keep hold of Tic Tac containers which have a hold load of uses, one of which is using them to store hair clips when you travel. Not only are they the perfect shape and size, the opener at the top means accessing your hair clips is super easy.
Stop chargers from breaking using pen springs
Wires, particularly phone chargers have a tendency to break, particularly during travelling when they receive heavy usage. It also often becomes much harder to find the correct replacement when you’re abroad. Try popping a pen spring over the wire which stops it from bending so easily, one of the main causes of wire breakage.
Using Google Maps with no data or Wi-Fi
Want to head out to explore a city by foot? You have two options here. Most people don’t know, but you can still see the little blue dot (where you are) on Google Maps without any data or Wi-Fi as it uses GPS. If you know where you are going, use the dot to navigate. Your second option is to plug into Google Maps where you are going before you leave the hotel. After it’s worked out the directions, it doesn’t require data or Wi-Fi any longer to get you to your destination.
Forgot your adaptor or wall plug?
No problem. If you have a TV or even a modern radio in your hotel room, they typically have a USB port which can be used to charge your device.
Stuff socks into your shoes
This one is surprisingly simple. Stuffing your socks into your shoes solves two problems. It saves precious space in your bag and helps to keep your shoes from becoming crushed.
Stuff your shoes into shower caps
Once your shoes have been stuffed with socks, pop them into shower caps to stop them making any of your clothes dirty. You don’t need to go and buy expensive shower caps, just take the free ones from your hotel room.
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