Travel hacks you need to know

Travelling doesn’t have to be that complicated.So,let’s look at some of the best travel hacks:

1.Roll your clothes when packing. Instead of creating a folded pile in your suitcase, rolling allows you to fit more things in. Plus, you can even roll underwear and socks within your clothes for optimal space-saving.

2.Scan your passport, identification card, and itinerary and email them to yourself. This provides an extra copy of each in the event of loss or theft

3.Mark your baggage as fragile. This is a tip to ensure that your baggage is handled correctly. Your luggage is kept at the top because of this, which will make it one of the first bags to be released.

4.When in your room, remove only the necessities from your luggage. Trying to make yourself at home by taking out every pair of shoes and all of your toiletries will only make repacking a living hell, and it increases your chances of forgetting something when it’s time to go home.

5.Instead of a hotel, look into reserving a home if traveling with a family, or a single room if alone. Websites like AirBnB can provide homes and private rooms from home owners who are renting them out, usually offering better accommodations than hotels.

6.When booking flights and hotels online enable private browsing. Travel sites often track your visits and will raise the price simply because you’ve visited before.

7.Count on small travel containers to decrease toiletry weight.Forgot your commercial bottles of shampoo, conditioner and makeup and instead use small reusable containers.Find out if your accommodation provides essentials such as shampoo and conditioner so you can avoid bringing them.

8.Wear heavier pieces on the plane rather than packing them in the luggage. This not only makes more room in your carry-on for other items but also helps keep your bag under the weight limit. Also, choose  lightweight clothes made in travel-friendly fabrics to maximize your space with less weight.

9.When reserving seats for two people, choose the aisle and window seats. If no one takes the middle seat, then you get the full row, and if someone does, then just ask to switch seats so you can sit next to your partner.

10.Use Google Maps offline by typing “OK Maps” and the visible area that’s currently visible on your screen will be saved directly to your device. Once saved, you can access that map even without a data connection.

11.Take a cheap unlocked GSM phone with you as your “travel phone” – you can buy SIM cards and use it to make local calls when needed.

12.Free internet can usually be found at the following: food outlets (McDonalds, KFC, restaurants, cafes, etc – check receipts for the code), any electronics or department stores (Apple stores etc), Executive/First Class/Business Class lounges at airports.

Free Wi-Fi is everywhere, but sometimes it isn’t always the easiest to find. If you’re at an establishment and don’t know the Wi-Fi password, you might be able to find it in the comments on Foursquare.

13.Take a small 3 or 4 port power board, and just one travel adapter. This way you will have access to many power points to charge your tech goodies on.

14. Carry essential painkillers, antacids, antibacterial creams and antibiotics with your check-in luggage. They will be useful while you are away, just in case of unexpected ailments like flu, allergies, fever, cough or even motion sickness.

15. Always split your cash and stash it in different places like your pocket, jewellery box, make-up kit, toiletry case etc.This way, you’ll never risk losing everything together!


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