Pack this, reserve that. Travelling comes with tips and tricks that don’t always save you time or money. That’s all about to change.
Vacation like an expert with Distractify‘s amazing travel tips.
1. Keep loose chargers and cables organized with a glasses case.
2. Use straws to carry travel-size amounts of skin care products.
3. Put a dryer sheet at the bottom of a suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh.
4. Use a spring from an old pen to protect chargers from bending and breaking.
5. Skip the long lines for airport bathrooms.
It may seem like common logic, but the first bathroom in the terminal is the most crowded one. Use the next one to skip the long waits and save precious time.
6. Use a binder clip to protect the head of shaving razors.
7. If you forget your wall plug, charge devices through the USB slot on a TV.
8. Roll clothes, instead of folding, to save tons of baggage space.
9. If you have clothes that need to be folded, use tissue paper to keep them from wrinkling.
10. Use a pill container to keep jewelry organized and untangled.
11. Scan important documents before leaving for your trip.
In the event of theft or misplacement, it comes in really handy to have extra copies of your passport, identification cards and flight itineraries that you can easily access on your smartphone or tablet.
12. Speed Up Going Through Security
When going through security, stuff your small belongings like wallets, keys and phones into your bag before placing it on the conveyor belt. It eliminates the need for separate bins and saves you time.
13. Tuck your soap and wash cloth together with this easy-to-fold pouch.
14. A shower cap is an easy way to cover the bottoms of shoes.
15. Put smartphones in airplane mode to save battery and charge faster.
16. Keep your headphones from tangling by winding them around a binder clip.
17. Keep hair clips tidy with an empty Tic Tac container.
18. Sit in the seats near the wing of the plane for the least turbulence.
The seats along the wings of a plane usually have the least amount of bounce when flying because it has more structural support.
19. Keep your travel-size containers and refill them, instead of buying new each time.
20. To use Google Maps offline, type “OK Maps,” and the visible area will save for future access.
21. Cram the most into your carry on.
Vacuum sealed bags can save you a ridiculous amount of space in your carry on. Makes the need for checking a bag obsolete.
22. Instead of buying water at the airport, bring an empty bottle along and fill it up after passing security.
23. When reserving airline seats for two people, get the aisle and window.
If no one takes the middle seat you get a full row, and if someone does, just ask to switch so you can sit next to your travel partner.
24. Wait to buy airline tickets until 3pm on Tuesdays.
Typically this is when the big Airlines reduce their fares.
25. Certain times are better for using the airplane bathroom.
Since most airlines don’t let you stand in line for the restrooms, the best times to use it are right after the plane has leveled off and 15-20 minutes before landing.
26. Get the Wi-Fi password for many establishments by checking the comments section of FourSquare.
27. Use your GPS when travelling abroad.
If you’re travelling abroad without an international plan, turn on airplane mode and turn off data to use the GPS without connecting to the Internet. Simply load the Google map of the area before heading out the hotel, and you’ve got a fully functional map to navigate the area.
28. Skip the wait at the baggage claim.
Even if it’s not, marking your bag with a fragile label leads to gentler handling by airport staff. Also they’re often loaded on the top of the other luggage meaning it’s one of the first to come out at the baggage claim.
29. Remove other tourists from your vacation photos.
30. Use ATMs instead of airport currency exchanges to save money.
Many ATMs will offer much lower rates than what you can get from the airport currency exchanges.
31. For bonus points, travel with a power strip and be the airport hero.
32. As a treat to yourself, send yourself a postcard from each day of your travels.
It’ll be a nice treat to come home to and make the transition back to reality easier.
Most importantly… keep travelling!
Written by Distractify, a leading entertainment company in the mobile era. Through an understanding of content creation and social sharing, Distractify publishes some of the most popular content on the Web, exploring culture, lifestyle, human insight, and humor. Since launching in October 2013, Distractify has reached over 200m global readers.