Travel hacks and tips are often learnt the hard way.
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I’ve been on the road for the past two years and I feel I have learnt a lot.
They don’t teach you travel hacks in school.
In fact, I learnt majority of these travel hacks in seriously stressful situations.
Missed flights, ripped off, packing wrong. You name it. I’ve done it.
Some of these travel hacks and tips may come as a shock to you.
Perhaps you’ve been paying too much for your flights?
How about being stranded overseas without access to your home bank account?
I’ve got you covered.
31 TRAVEL HACKS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. TURN ON PRIVATE BROWSING
I’d heard about this travel hack many times before actually doing it. It sounded too tech savvy for me.
Trust me, if you want the cheapest flight options then you must do this.
If you’re repeatedly searching the same flight destination or dates, your computer will store this information in its cache. Therefore, it will no longer scrape for new prices.
2. SIGN UP FOR ALERTS
This reiterates travel hack tip number 1. Flight prices change up to three times daily, so ensure you sign up for price alerts straight to your phone.
Unsubscribe after you’ve booked, as you’ll most likely be spammed.
If you’re flexible with your travel then use Skyscanner’s “everywhere” or “cheapest month” option when booking.
The “everywhere” option will suggest the cheapest possible location for your dates.
The “cheapest month” option will suggest the cheapest possible month to travel to your chosen destination.
4. CHECK IN ONLINE
This is so important.
This will save you time but also gives you first dibs to ensure you’re on your actual flight. Some airlines like to overbook, so a ticket doesn’t always ensure you will be on that flight.
You can also choose your seats first. I suggest close to the front to ensure faster de-boarding.
5. DON’T GET MAD, GET SAD
If you expect everything to always go to plan when travelling, then you’re in for a shock.
However, keeping your cool is the difference between staff wanting to go the extra mile to help and doing the bare minimum.
6. CALL YOUR BANK
If you don’t alert your bank that you’re leaving the country and begin deducting money in a foreign location, they will most likely freeze your account.
Just alert them of your intended destination before departing.
If you forget, then simply Facebook your bank and ask them to call you immediately. You will often get a call within an hour maximum.
7. PACK YOUR OWN TEA BAGS AND COFFEE
This is a stingy travel hack but a good one.
I always keep some green tea on me and just ask for some hot water from Starbucks.
This will save you money and is perfect for when you’re stuck at overpriced airports.
8. PACK A PLASTIC SLEEVE
Most booking documents can be stored on our phones, however some remote countries prefer hard copy booking proof.
I always keep a plastic sleeve at the bottom of my suitcase that contains a copy of my passport, insurance proof and booking documents that I need hard copies of.
9. ESSENTIALS PURSE
This is definitely a tip for the ladies.
Always keep a small essentials purse in your backpack or handbag.
This should contain emergency lady products, hair ties and lip balm.
10. ROLL ON DEODORANT
You’re travelling. There is going to be some stressful times.
Pack roll on deodorant in your carry on.
This becomes an essential when you’re stuck on a 14 hour flight.
11. DUTY-FREE PERFUME
If you forget tip number 10, then utilise the free duty-free perfume samples.
This can really help when having huge travel days.
12. APPROPRIATE BAG
This is so important.
If you’re not backpacking, then it is almost a must that you invest in a hard-shell, 4-wheel suitcase.
Having 4-wheels allows for easing manoeuvring and a hard-shell case ensures your belongings will be waterproof.
13. JEWELLERY IN PILL CONTAINERS
Purchase a weekly pill storage container and store your jewellery in the separate compartments.
I can assure you that this is more beneficial for long-term travel, as opposed to wrapping your jewellery in cling film.
14. DON’T BUY A BLACK BAG
This is a given.
If your bag goes missing, it’ll be a lot harder to track down. If you do however, then ensure you add an easy identifier to it. This can be a material bag sleeve or funky ribbons.
15. REMOVE OLD BAG TAGS
I feel this could be a myth, however I overhead it once at the airport.
Remove all old bag destination tags.
This can prevent confusion and the possibility of your bag being sent to the wrong destination. It also make for a cleaner bag, anyways.
16. MARK YOUR BAG AS FRAGILE
This is a sneaky travel hack. However if you mark your checked bag as “fragile”, then your bag will be packed onto the plane at the top of the pile.
This also means that your bag will be unpacked and loaded onto the carousel first.
If you’re running late or you are lost, just ask someone for assistance.
The workers at the airport are often more than happy to help and this could mean the difference between making or missing your flight.
18. PACK A WATER BOTTLE
This will save you so much money in the long run.
It has to be empty as you go through customs, however there are water fountains on the other side.
19. INVEST IN A TOILETRIES BAG WITH A HOOK
So simple, yet such a lifesaver.
You can hang these on basically any inanimate object. This also prevents having to put your toothbrush and face products on the ground of your hostel or hotel.
20. TV CHARGE
If you forget your wall adapter, then plug your charging cable into the USB port at the back of your TV.
Ensure the TV is switched on, so that it can actually charge.
21. ASK RECEPTION
If you forget said charging cord, then simply ask reception if they have a spare in lost and found.
Often they will have multiple and they may often just let you keep it.
22. MAKEUP PALETTE PROTECTION
To avoid your makeup products cracking, line your compacts with a cotton pad or cotton wool balls.
For extra precautions, wrap your makeup bag in a shirt when packing your bag.
23. LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
This will save you cut costs dramatically.
Using Airbnb and staying with a local or even renting a whole apartment, allows you to get a feel of local life.
Also choosing to dine where the locals dine will often be much cheaper.
24. EMAIL YOURSELF
Email yourself any important documents that you will need access to if you have an emergency.
This should include a copy of your passport and insurance documents.
25. INVEST IN A PORTABLE CHARGER
Some days you can be travelling for up to 15 hours. Investing in a portable charger will ensure allow you to have multiple phone recharges
26. SEPARATE BAGS
If you’re not using packing cubes, then ensure you pack an additional bag to store your dirty laundry and dirty shoes.
27. PACK A DUMMY WALLET
This may sound dramatic but it’s not.
If you’re travelling to a somewhat unsafe location, then pack a dummy wallet.
This dummy wallet should contain a random card and some cash.
Keep your proper wallet close to your body and only travel with the necessary cash you need on your. Leave all your credit cards and cash lumps in the safe of your hotel.
This will minimise loss if you lose you wallet or are pick pocketed.
28. PACK A LOCK
This is a given.
Everyone needs a lock when travelling. This prevents people accessing your belongings but can also be used to secure your bag to an object to prevent overall theft.
29. PACK A POWERBOARD
This helps if you only have one wall plug and have multiple items to charge.
30. PACK SNACKS
This can save you loads of money but can also come in handy in emergency situations.
Take note if you have dietary restrictions or preferences also. You won’t always be able to access appropriate foods to cater to you.
31. UTILISE FREE TOURS
Do you guys know how useful these are?
Free educated tours of your new destination!
My favourite are Sandemans Free Walking Tours as the guides are often very well educated and entertaining.
This can also allow you to suss out your surroundings and help determine where you will revisit and pay an entry fee.