Hitting the road is awesome but stress sometimes gets in the way of the fun having. To help side step any aggravation, here’s ten of the best (and stupidly simple) travel hacks.
FIND THE CHEAPEST FLIGHT
It’s sad but true that travel sites track your visits and hike up the price of your search, based on your user history. To bypass said sneakiness, enable private browsing during your search and clear your cache.
BE THE FIRST BAG OFF THE CONVEYER BELT
Time spent waiting for you bag could be time spent exploring an awesome new city, so skip the queue by marking your checked bag as Fragile. Not only will this guarantee your luggage will avoid be thrown around like a rag doll, it also ensures it will be the first off the plane.
MAPS WITHOUT DATA
It’s an old trick but a good one. To use Google Maps offline, without paying for international data roaming charges, simply type: ok maps in the search browser, with the area you’re visiting already loaded. Doing this saves the region on your phone, allowing you to use it when you’re data-less and out exploring.
NO MORE STICKY MESSES
There are few things more irksome than opening your toiletry bag after a flight, to find your potions and lotions outside of their bottles. To avoid this sticky situation, place plastic wrap over the top of your containers before sealing these, with their respective caps.
USE TRAVEL APPLICATIONS:
As recommended use a free App that will revolutionise your travels. Created by former Google staffers, for example Triposo draws on six-million independent traveller profiles to create incredibly up to date location guides, that can be downloaded and used offline.
If you don’t want to lug a giant tube of tooth paste around on a quick trick, here’s a handy tip for taking just what you need, and limiting you luggage weight. All you need do is take an old eyedropper and decant toothpaste into it. Sorted.
PENS IN YOUR POCKET
Completing customs forms in the air is all well and good, until you ask the flight attendant for a pen, only to get the: are you kidding me look. Rather than endure the attitude or rummaging around in your overhead locker, keep a pen on your person. Doing this also guarantees you’ll be the most popular person on your aisle.
CABLES IN CASES
When your Ray Ban case cracks, as they do without fail, rather than bin it – use this to store your cables and ear phones, on your travels. Doing so prevents a tangle in your hand luggage and the up to your armpit, Mary Poppins searching.
SPACE SAVING ROLLER BOTTLES
Gone are the days of ditching water bottles at airport security and space hogging empties, all thanks to the innovative Vapur water bottle. When it’s empty, just roll it away and pop it in your pocket. Travelling with this invention also means you’re doing a solid for the environment too – in the most hydrated of ways.
BACK IT UP
In the ultimate travel emergency – when your passport, wallet and phone go bye bye, make sure you have a digital back up of your essentials. E-mailing a scan of you passport to yourself will make the trip to the embassy that much easier, as will hosting your travel insurance details online. Throw in a copy of your essential phone contacts and a horrid situation becomes a manageable one.