The exploration of unknown regions, whether nationally or internationally is always an exciting experience. Escaping the routine can be thrilling; however, it does come with with a little baggage – no pun intended. Avoid the anxiety for your future travels and use these traveling hacks and make your adventure from planning to your return home a breeze.
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TRAVELING HACKS BEFORE YOUR TRIP
1| RESERVE A HOUSE
Book a house instead of a hotel in case you are traveling with a family or a single room if traveling alone is one of the traveling hacks you should consider. There are some websites and apps like 99Acres,NestAway, AirBnB, and many others that can provide houses and private rooms from homeowners for rent, which generally offer better accommodations than hotels.It is easier and cheaper!
2| SCAN YOUR PASSPORT
Scan your passport and send it by e-mail to yourself or encrypt and store scans on a separate hard drive or in the cloud. This will give you an extra copy in case of the unexpected loss or theft.
3| INFORM YOUR CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD COMPANIES
Informing your credit or debit card company before traveling eliminates the possibility of potential fraud. These companies are always on alert and notice suspicious activity and alarms may be triggered so you’re notified.
4| CARRY YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE
Toting your own water bottle allows you to have water handy when needed. Also, selling water in a used bottle is common practice in some countries you may be traveling too.
5| CONSIDER GETTING CREDIT CARD WITH POINTS
Apply for a credit card with awesome perks and that has points. You can earn points by flying, just speak to the representative and do your own research on how to use them. My favorite credit card that I personally use is the American Express Platinum credit card. It’s an amazing card to have if you travel often and has amazing benefits. With this card you get Priority Pass and have access to airport lounges worldwide that have free WiFi, comfy sofas, and free food and beverages.
6| AVOID LONG SECURITY LINES
You can reduce your waiting time and travel stress by applying for Global Entry which allows quick clearance upon entering the country and TSA pre-check. Avoid long security and customs lines by applying for your card right here. Also, most credit card companies offer paying for your application as an added bonus.
7| ORGANIZE TRIP ITINERARIES IN GOOGLE MAPS
One travel hack to make your trip planning super easy and organized is Google Maps, which make it easy to remember all the places you intend to visit. Google Maps allows you to use a trip planner by creating a custom map and adding pins for multiple locations. You can download all the destination information you added for offline viewing.
8| SELECT SPECIAL MEALS FOR LONG FLIGHTS IN ADVANCE
Some major airlines do provide special meals for those with specific diets such as kosher, vegan, and low sodium. Those who do place their special order tend to get served first so you can quickly stave off your starvation first for you long flight.
9| SELECT THE RIGHT SEAT
Exit rows, aisle or window seats, and anything near the front are generally considered as the best seats on a plane. It is up to you to choose the place you will feel most comfortable sitting on the plane for a long duration.
10| SCORE ON CHEAP FLIGHTS BEING FLEXIBLE WITH DESTINATION AND DATES
Flying off season is a travel hack that can save you hundreds of dollars. If that is not an option try looking at other similar destinations that are less expensive.
11| WATCH OUT FOR PRICE ERRORS
Be on the lookout for price glitches when the wrong price for a flight is accidentally listed. Most of the time you can save hundreds of dollars if you find one of these errors. Don’t wait to discuss it a friend or whomever, get the ticket immediately before it gets noticed by the agency.
One of my favorite traveling hacks is using Scott’s Cheap Flights is a website that spots these errors for you.
12| INVEST IN GOOD NOISE CANCELING HEADPHONES
Reduce environmental distractions and enjoy a better audio experience when traveling because the noise of flying can be so distracting, especially when you’re trying to catch some sleep.
13| INVEST IN GOOD ADAPTERS
More than likely you will be carrying a phone, a camera, maybe a laptop and probably a few more things, like portable speakers or an electronic razor. You will need to charge all those items from time to time. But, when buying an adapter take into consideration the quality, weight, size, and durability.
14| GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR TRIP THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
Get inspiration and look at photos or videos of people who have already visited the place where you are going.
15| KEEP TRAVEL QUOTES IN NOTES ON YOUR PHONE
If you come across some travel quotes you enjoy keep them in the notes application on your phone so you have a nice caption handy when posting one of your travel photo on Instagram.
16| FOOL PICKPOCKETS WITH A FAKE WALLET
Buying a travel wallet is one of the most important traveling hacks. Since you more than likely be carrying all your cash and important cards with you a travel wallet will guarantee that you have your cards and cash safe and prevent a pickpocket from stealing your real one.
17| GET A GOOD TRAVEL WALLET
This wallet is not to fool those thieves or the everyday wallet you carry, but to help you stay organized with your boarding passes, currency, and photocopies of your passport.
18| CONSIDER TRAVELING DURING OFF SEASON
Who doesn’t love a good traveling hack to save some cash? Get an idea of the place you are visiting, and if ideal weather conditions isn’t a concern, you should seriously consider visiting in the off season. Flights, accommodations, and food are usually cheaper during this time, plus places tend to be less crowded with tourists so you can avoid long lines at popular spots.
19| HAVE A FREQUENT FLYER ACCOUNT ON AIRLINES YOU TRAVEL MOST
Having a frequently flyer account with your favorite airline you can accumulate awards the more you fly with them.
20| COMPARE PRICES OF FLIGHTS
Booking a flight can be expensive and overwhelming due to the number of airlines and flight options. By doing a little research and checking other booking sites other than the most popular for reserving a flight or a hotel.
Review all of the available airfares to find the one that best suits your budget. It may take a little work, but it can save you a ton money.
21| WAIT BOOKING TO SEE IF FLIGHT IS FULL
Ask to be put on the upgrade list when given the opportunity. Also, offer waiting for another flight if the plane if fully booked so you can negotiate for a better seat.
22| SEARCH FLIGHTS ON PRIVATE BROWSER
There are many factors involved in determining the price of a flight, including the location of the search, the airport you plan to use, the time before the flight, and the day of the week you plan to leave.
Look for a cheaper flight by simply using a private browser which allows you to navigate the internet without leaving a trail. This is actually quite simple and could save you a few dollars on the final price of your ticket.
23| TRACK FLIGHTS WITH FLIGHTAWARE
Keep yourself updated on flights with the FlightAware application. Stay in the loop on flight delays or if your plane had to be rerouted for any reason.
24| SET UP PRICE ALERT
Fare alerts can be a great tool in a traveler’s personal toolbox. You can set them up when you are following the price of a specific flight or itinerary to receive an email (or application notification) when the price of the flight changes, whether it increases or decreases.
TRAVEL PACKING HACKS
25| GET HELP WITH PACKING
To think and decide what you need to pack can be a bit daunting. Get some helpful packing hacks by simply letting the “PackPoint” app decide for you! This application tells users what they need to pack by entering information about your trip: destination, departure date, number of nights spent there, and type of trip.
26| DON’T BE AN OVER PACKER
Count the number of days you will spend on vacation and simply break them down into events or activities, so you can avoid taking too many items. Don’t pack too much so you can leave some space for all the souvenirs you will buy there!
27| HAVE A PACKING CHECKLIST ON YOUR PHONE
One of the packing traveling hacks I cannot live without is keeping a packing checklist on my phone. By having this list I know I am packing all items I need for my trip and am ensured I won’t leave anything behind.
28| FORGET FOLDING & ROLL YOUR CLOTHES
Save space in the suitcase by rolling clothes instead of folding them; you can even roll underwear and socks within your clothes for optimal space-saving.
29| PACK A FIRST AID KIT
Have a simple first-aid kit for common medical emergencies with medicines you keep at home such antacids, aspirin, allergy relief, anti nausea, bandages, thermometer, and even tweezers. You can purchase a mini kit here to keep in your luggage for travels.
30| USE PACKING CUBES
Packing cubes are one of my favorite packing hacks especially for staying organized. I held off using them for awhile because they seemed unnecessary. But seriously though, they save lot of room and keep all your items neatly compressed.
31| AVOID PACKING BULKY CLOTHES IN YOUR SUITCASE
Avoid packing bulky clothes in your suitcase and opt for layering instead. If you are heading somewhere cold and laying wouldn’t be enough keep you warm, wear your coat on the plane.
32| REFILL TRAVEL-SIZE TOILETRIES
You can use reusable travel-size containers for all your toilet items and fragrances.
33| PACK AT LEAST ONE DRYER SHEET IN SUITCASE
Packing a dryer sheet is a good travel hack to keep your clothes smelling fresh and avoiding used clothes from passing on their funk to your clean items.
34| USE PILL BOXES TO PACK SMALL ITEMS
If you have jewelry and small items, using pill boxes to pack them keeps them nice and organized.
35| STUFF YOUR SHOES
Save some space in your suitcase pack your socks in your shoes. Protect your other items by wrapping your shoes in a plastic bag.
36| PLACE SPICES IN TIC-TAC CONTAINERS WITH STRAWS
If you are taking spices simply place them in tic-tac containers with straws. This allows you to save space and from coming undone in your suitcase.
37| USE A BINDER CLIP TO PACK YOUR RAZOR
Using a binder clip to pack your razor will protect you or your items in the suitcase from being damaged.
38| WASHING LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Take a small bottle of laundry detergent to wash your clothes when able. If you want to save some extra space in your suitcase, detergent strips are a way to help and a great sink laundry detergent option.
39| LABEL BAG AS FRAGILE
Labeling your bag as fragile means your bag is not only more likely to be handled properly, but it will also end up at the top of the pile in the storage compartment of the plane. So, you will retrieve your bag first before the other passengers do.
40| TAKE A PORTABLE WATER PURIFIER
One of the traveling hacks you should consider in investing is a portable water purifier. You can ensure you will have safe and clean drinking water at all times when traveling.
41| USE PEN SPRINGS FOR YOUR CABLES
Avoid your cables bending and breaking in your suitcase by using a pin spring.
42| PACK AN EXTRA EXTENSION CABLE
Taking an extra extension cable can be very useful in case yours has a problem. Also, if your friend forgets theirs I am sure they will appreciate that extra one you packed.
43| TAKE A JACKET
You know that the weather can be very unpredictable sometimes, so avoid being cold if the weather changes unexpectedly during your trip.
TRAVELING HACKS ON THE PLANE
44| BUY INTERNET SERVICE ON THE PLANE
Make sure you have an internet service if you have a long flight to keep yourself entertained and just in case you get stuck with a difficult passenger seated next to you on the plane.
45| ALWAYS PACK A PEN
Before you leave home, make sure you have a pen so you can fill out the customs forms. You should know that people will ask for your pen on the plane because they probably forgot to bring theirs and rarely do the flight attendants have one.
46| GO TO THE BATHROOM BEFORE LANDING
Before landing, make a quick sprint to go to the bathroom and use this as an opportunity to relieve yourself so that you don’t have to fight for the toilet when you land.
47|MAKE THE MOST OF LAYOVERS
Long-haul flights can be difficult and uncomfortable and layovers can be an opportunity to stretch your legs sand relax before the next flight.
Also, it’s an opportunity to explore two or more different cities for the price of one if time permits. During my long layovers I was able to squeeze in trips to Amsterdam, Zurich, Brussels, and Paris.
48| KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED WITH LONG FLIGHTS
Flying can wreak havoc on your skin from the plane’s low humidity, dry cabin, and recycled air. This dehydrates your skin, increases oil production, and exacerbates acne in all skin types.
It’s a good idea to keep your skin hydrated before heading to the airport and during your flight. You can find out some travel hacks on taking care of skin on your trip right here.
49| GET ADJUSTED TO THE TIME ZONE AND AVOID JETLAG
Manipulate your body clock and switch to a new time zone as quickly as possible by controlling your exposure to light and darkness before you travel. You can calculate the schedule adjustment for the time zone you’re heading. “Entrain” is a free application and can be downloaded to your smartphone that makes adjusting to your new schedule easy to follow.
50| GET PERKS AND UPGRADES BY GIVING UP YOUR SEAT
In most cases, when the airline sold more tickets than seats available, they start looking for passengers who are ready to give up their seats.
Compensation for giving up your seat has substantial incentives such as travel vouchers worth $200 or more or free tickets for a future flight. On my flight from Amsterdam to the UAE I was offered 500€ to wait for the next flight!
51|MAKE YOUR OWN SELECTION OF MOVIES & SHOWS TO WATCH
If your flight is going to take long, you will certainly get bored. So prior to your trip make a list of movies you want to download so you’re occupied and entertained during the flight.
BEST TRAVEL HACKS DURING YOUR TRIP
52| STOCK UP ON ITEMS WHEN YOU ARRIVE
As you arrive at your destination, stop by the local store and grab a few snacks and water from local stores rather than from hotels to save money.
53| ONLY UNPACK WHAT YOU NEED
Only unpacking what you need from your luggage is a traveling hack to help keep you organized and decreases your chances of forgetting something when you leave.
54| BE POLITE TO EVERYONE
Certainly don’t forget to be polite, just be nice!
55| ATTEMPT TO SPEAK THE LOCAL LANGUAGE
Try to speak the local language, it will give the locals the impression that you are interested in them and in their culture.
A few friendly and common phrases include:
- Thank you
- Where is the ______?
- How much?
56| TAKE A TOUR WITH LOCALS WHEN YOU ARRIVE
Showaround and Triple are great applications to find locals who do different tours in their city and who knows you may also become friends. You can book tours such as walking around the city, food tours, or a cooking class to learn a tasty traditional dish.
57| GET CURRENCY AT LOCAL ATMs
Getting your cash from the ATM is the best place to exchange currency, which will typically offer better rates and lower fees.
58| CHARING YOUR ELECTRONICS
Most modern TVs have a USB connector on the back or side. Simply plug in your electrical device and let it charge.
59| KEEP YOU RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES COLD
A helpful traveling hack is keeping your rechargeable batteries fresh by putting them in the fridge
60| RENT A CAR OR A BICYCLE
If you get tired of all that walking, I suggest you rent a car or perhaps a bicycle instead, which will cost you less.
61| DOWNLOAD THESE USEFUL APPS TO USE ON YOUR TRIP
- REVOLUT: This application will give you the ability to convert currencies at the best possible rates, transfer money internationally for free and spend money anywhere in the world without fees. It will also allow you to plan your future through savings and investments.
- FLIGHTBOARD: Have access to up to date flight information. You can check information and details about the status of your flight and see if there are any cancellations or delays.
- SNAPCHAT: Take selfies and capture the moments in order to share with your family and friends. You will certainly miss the days of your trip later.
- WHATSAPP, SKYPE, and VIBER: Popular communication apps that are great with keeping in touch with locals you meet and stay in contact with your friends and family while you’re on your trip.
62| DOWNLOAD GOOGLE TRANSLATE
This application is extremely useful and can be used to type or talk. Whatever you type, Google Translate translates dozens of European, Asian, and African languages to and from English in the blink of an eye.
When it comes to communicating the language of people in the country you are visiting, this application will help you say what you are looking for, whether in markets or shopping malls.
63| WATERPROOF YOUR ITEMS WITH BEESWAX
Use waterproof beeswax for items such as belts, tents, and shoes to prevent water from passing through the fibers of the materials by rubbing it on a surface as leather or canvas and then heating it.
64| GET FREE THINGS TRAVELING
There are several travel tools that you can use that will provide you with useful gifts during your vacation and make the trip even more rewarding. Some of these include essential beauty products and holiday essentials. Most hotels provide them for free.
BACK AT HOME TRAVELING HACKS
65| UNPACK AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE HOME
As you arrive home immediately unpack your suitcase. It will help to prevent your luggage from getting a bad smell and the chore will be out of the way. You will thank yourself
However, if you are a frequent traveler, just keep the toiletry bag as it is; do not unpack it and have it ready for your next trip!
66| PLAN A STAYCATION AFTER VACATION
As fun as traveling may be, it can leave us drained physically when we return home. Plan a few extra days off before returning back to work. Have a mini staycation so you can recoup and get some much needed rest before getting backing your routine.
THERE YOU HAVE 66 TRAVELING HACKS
I hope you have found these traveling hacks super helpful as they have been for me on your upcoming trip. Are there any traveling hacks not mentioned that have helped you during your travels?