Travellers thrive on the indomitable feeling of euphoria that accompanies an upcoming trip. The location of the holiday is an inspiration and the joy of planning acts like the motivation. But even then, there are a great many things that can stump you no matter how much you plan. So why not learn the best travel hacks to save you from misery?
An overweight luggage bag or spilling bottles of shampoo, simple things can pull you down every time you travel. And often, these situations can be quite stressful, particularly when travelling to a new place.
But instead of letting these things get in the way of an amazing new experience, it’s helpful to have a few travel hacks up your sleeve that could prevent all the stressful hair pulling. We have a list of innovative and easy ideas to save you plenty of worry, time and money.
Read to find out the best travel hacks to easy your every trip:
#1. Go incognito
When you start planning a trip, you are bound to do some research online. So your searches will leave behind a digital footprint. Whenever you start booking tickets, always remember to clear your browsing history or open the sites in incognito mode. Travel websites often track your past searches and may hike up the rates of tickets based on your previous information. Cheat the system and go in with a clean slate to get the most basic and honest prices and save yourself some dough to later splurge on your trip.
#2. Travel light
Your tickets are booked, the itinerary is in place and you are all set to go. All that needs to be done is just pack. But what do you take? How do you keep your luggage light, but still look fantastic on your trip? There’s quite a simple trick. Before you start packing, chalk out a holiday theme. Select a colour palette and choose your clothes accordingly. This will help you to mix and match various outfits so that you don’t need to carry too many pieces to keep yourself looking fabulous. Keep the basic blacks, greys and blues handy and load up on jewellery and accessories so it looks like you are wearing a different style every day.
#3. Avoid wrinkling of your clothes
Next, once you have chosen the clothes you want to carry, you will try to lay them all out and arrange them as neatly as possible. But almost always when you unpack later during your trip you find that your favourite shirts are wrinkled. And an iron is not always accessible. So instead when you haul out your suitcases, line your clothes with tissue paper before you pack them in. Be generous and cover as much of the cloth as possible. Next, use the rolling technique instead of folding when putting your clothes in. Not only does it save a ton of space, it also prevents your clothes from getting creased.
#4. Compact makeup cases
All the clothes are in the bag and now it’s time to stock up on the makeup and toiletries. Large bottles of lotion or messy bottles of foundation can become a bane when you are travelling. But you need to keep up your beauty regimen, so you can’t leave it behind either. To make your life simpler, just buy a few lens cases and fill them up with your makeup products. They will become easier to carry and also spill proof.
#5. Virtual Documentation
Before you start your journey, it’s important to do one last check to make sure all your documents are in order. Losing your passport or tickets can be a nightmare on any trip. To safeguard against such an event, take scans of all your documents and email it to yourself and family members so you have easy access to them in the event of theft or loss of luggage.
#6. Answering nature’s call
When you finally get to the airport or get off a flight, the first thing most of us do is head to the bathroom. And then you are left waiting outside the occupied stalls till the crowd clears. Have you noticed how the bathrooms are almost always crowded when you get to them? That’s because everyone is trying to do the same thing as you, and heading to the first restroom they see. Be a smart traveller and avoid the first restroom at airports and train stations and always head to the second one. More often than not, it will be a lot less occupied and you won’t end up wasting any time waiting.
#7. Get in and out fast
Whenever travelling by flight, having to wait for your luggage at the conveyor belt is a long and dreadful process. To save yourself some time, add a fragile sticker to your bag when you check in your luggage at the counter. How will this work you wonder? Not only will they handle your luggage more carefully, it will also be the last one to go in before take-off and thus the first one to come out upon landing meaning no long wait at the luggage pick up point, and a quick getaway from the airport.
#8. Easy access to Wi-Fi
After you have reached your destination, you settle in and start exploring. But the one thing you lack is roaming internet data services on your device. When travelling through new places, getting internet access can be difficult. And sometimes the only places offering Wi-Fi are coffee shops where you are forced to make a purchase to use the service. Instead, log on to Foursquare and check the comments section of the places you check into. Many past users leave helpful comments with the WiFi password of a certain place which is sure to help you out.
#9. Use Google maps offline
While your exploration continues, getting lost in an unknown place is a scary thought that can keep plaguing your mind. Google Maps is a life saver when you need directions. But using your phone’s mobile data on roaming is sure to guarantee you a hefty bill when you get back. Instead, you can use Google Maps on offline mode when you travel. When you still have internet access open the Maps to the place you want directions to and then type ‘Ok Maps’ into the search bar. This will automatically save the visible area on the Map for offline use at a later time.
#10. Photographic memory aid
It’s quite easy to get lost in a new locality. And it can lead to a bit of panic, particularly if you are travelling alone. To help yourself in such an event, take pictures of the important places like your hotel, where you parked, etc. with landmarks visible in the photos. This will help jog your memory and can also act as a visual aid in case you need to ask someone for directions and don’t speak the local language.
Lastly, the most important thing of all is to just remember to have fun. Travelling is going to fill you up with unparalleled sense joy and bring you back home with tons of stories to tell. So let’s all get out there and experience an adventure of a lifetime.