Do you have an exciting vacation planned, but you'll need to endure a long flight or car ride to get there? Looking for ways to make the most out of your experience in a new destination? Being equipped with handy travel hacks can definitely make your vacation so much better. In this post, we will take a look at some expert-level travel hacks that will most certainly make your travel planning and vacation far less stressful and more memorable.
Want to make more room in your suitcase? You can do this by rolling your clothes rather than folding them. Rolling each article of clothing into tight, compressed tubes will help prevent wrinkles in addition to providing you with more space. You can also make even more space by stuffing smaller items like socks into your shoes (which you should place at the bottom of your suitcase before packing clothing).
It is absolutely in your best interest to pack a portable phone charger for your trip, in addition to your regular charges. Whether you are on a long flight or catch yourself wandering a foreign city with a low phone battery, having a portable charger packed in your bag or purse will seriously save you the headache and even prevent potentially dangerous situations. If you can’t find an outlet to charge your devices or forgot to pack chargers, check the TV of the accommodations you are in. Most modern TVs have USB connectors on the back or side that you can plug into. Finally, if you are traveling to a foreign country, bring an electrical outlet adapter since many countries have different outlets than the ones we have in the U.S.
Traveling internationally? You’re going to need a passport. And a passport is something you absolutely cannot afford to lose when you’re in a foreign country. To prevent any mishaps, make one or two printed copies of your passport. You should also have printed documentation of all travel logistics like flights and hotel accommodations. In case of loss or theft (which we certainly hope never happens), make copies of your ID and credit cards. Having these printed copies as a backup can help you out in a bad situation.
One great way to make sure the contents of your suitcase stay protected and the suitcase itself doesn’t get lost is to mark your luggage as fragile. This way, it will be handled with better care and be packed into the aircraft at the top of all the other suitcases. Not only that, when your luggage sits at the top, you will be one of the first people to get their luggage at baggage claim.
If you are traveling to an international destination, you will have to take out money in the country’s currency. Don’t bother with currency exchanges in airports or anywhere else in your destination because it will be far more expensive than other ways you could get currency. Instead, head to the nearest ATM and withdraw cash directly from the machine.
One way to ward off jet lag that many people swear by is to simply work up a sweat! Before your flight, squeeze in a quick, intense workout which is said to help beat jetlag. Who wouldn’t want to arrive at their destination feeling fresh and ready to explore?
Have a long-haul flight ahead of you? Spending 14 hours on a plane isn’t much fun for anyone, unless you happened to snag a first-class seat. But there are many things you can do to make the flight much more bearable. Pack a DIY kit in your carry-on with all the essentials you need to make the flight a more pleasant experience. This DIY kit can include items like face wipes, moisturizer, and lip balm to keep your face feeling fresh and clean, soft, fuzzy socks and slippers to keep your feet warm, a comfy hoodie, or a big women’s scarf that doubles as a blanket, and hygiene products like deodorant and toothpaste. All of these items will help you feel fresh and comfortable during your travels.
Another important thing to remember if you are embarking on a long-haul flight is to stay properly hydrated. It’s much easier to become dehydrated when you are up in the air on a plane where you aren’t going to get any fresh air for hours. Pack a large, refillable water bottle (remembering to keep it empty when going through security) and head to the nearest water fountain to fill it up once you’ve gone through security. On the flight, you can ask a flight attendant to fill it for you whenever you need more water. You can also pack hydration tablets to put in your water for extra hydration. Need supplies for your upcoming vacation? Visit Lands’ End today!