Ultimate Travel Hacks




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Looking forward to traveling soon? Use these ingenious hacks to make the trip less hectic and frustrating.


Step 1: Keep Collars Crisp

Keep your collars on your dress shirts or polos nice, neat, and crisp. Use a rolled up belt and insert it into the collar area of your shirt. Not only does this keep collars neat, but it also doubles as a space saver. It's a win-win situation!

Step 2: FRAGILE!

Place a "Fragile" label on your baggage to make sure airport personnel treat your things with care. In addition to that, airlines usually place "Fragile" baggage at the top of the cargo to ensure your stuff isn't going to be smashed. Since it is at the top, it is also very likely that your baggage will be one of the first to make it to baggage claim, ending the eternal-like waiting that is accustomed to baggage claim.

Step 3: Keep Clothes Smelling Fresh

Do you find that your clothes aren't smelling too good when you reach your hotel? Place a dryer sheet in your luggage to bring a fresh, clean scent to your clothes.

Step 4: Tangled Cables No More!

Tired of tangled cables? Place your chargers and/or headphone cables inside of an eyeglasses case to save space and your sanity from tangled cables.

Step 5: Roll 'em!

Roll your clothes instead of folding them when packing to save space and reduce wrinkles.

Step 6: Stuff Your Shoes

Stuff your shoes with your socks to save space and to retain the shape of your kicks.

Step 7: Spill and Leaks? No More!

Eliminate the chance of leaks and spills by placing cling wrap over the mouth of a container and then twisting the cap on. No more soapy messes!

Step 8: ChapStick to CashStick

Have an empty lip balm stick? Clean out all of the balm and insides to reveal a perfect place to stash your cash from thieves. This is the one place thieves won't plan on looking.

Step 9: Let's Go!

Make sure to use these travel hacks on your next vacation or business trip and tell me how they went! Remember traveling is supposed to be enjoyable so make the most of it and have the time of your life.

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    14 Discussions


    3 years ago on Step 2

    It doesn't always help :). Sometimes, I think they crush "fragile" bags out of spite. Maybe your proffesional looking stickers would help.


    Things I`ve found invaluable to carry in a ziplock bag.

    antihistamine cream & pills

    asprin (be carefull some countries do not allow codiene)

    small first aid bits (plasters, wipes,sterile wipes etc)

    Always put your name and address inside your luggage and always take a photo of your suitcase on your phone just in case it does go "missing"


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea on the Bounce / Anti-static sheet for freshening the insides! And the eyeglass case for cables. Brilliant!

    Skip the "Fragile" sticker - it doesn't do anything. For truly fragile items, embed them in the middle of the case, and tuck soft clothing items around it. Or I sometimes wrap my clothes - esp sweaters or scarves - around the delicate things (and I don't mean undies!). To truly protect breakables, hand-carry them.

    A real hack would be to carry as little as possible when traveling, unless you're on a business trip, and have to have the nice-looking stuff! My two teens and I managed to travel for 10 months with a rolling carry-on and a backpack.

    Packing easy to wash and dry clothes, undies, etc, are a real benefit.

    Ziplocks for liquids along WITH the plastic wrap really contains, as I've had leaks with the single layer of cling film.

    Very clean 'ible, and great suggestions!


    3 years ago on Introduction

    The "Fragile" sticker on your bag can go 2 ways... they treat it MUCH rougher, and throw it around. or MAYBE you will get a nice ground crew person and they handle with care... I say about a 70/30 split %

    Love the cling wrap!!


    3 years ago on Introduction

    It's better to take liquid items as carry-ons, due to the lack of pressurization in the luggage area. Avoid the chance of a mess in your checked luggage.

    Another tip: To avoid luggage charges, get the largest carry-on allowed and pack it as though it was checked luggage. At the gate, ask the airline if it would like to courtesy check your carry-on, to save space in the upper compartments for others. I've never had anyone refuse, (and I pack it so heavy I could never lift it into an upper compartment if I wanted to!)


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I like your suggestion on the money stash. I'll do this next time. What I always do is stash a 10 or 20 between the shoe and the inner sole. Never had to use it, but it's nice to know it's alway there.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    As someone who worked in an airport and in courrier services, nobody cares about "fragile" label, especially if it's not from the company you work for. They will handle it like the handle the rest.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Using a Chap Stik tube as a wallet...

    I have seen plenty of life hacks but that one takes the cake!

    Mey Lynn

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I'm about to travel and the plastic cling wrap will be a life saver! Thanks!