I’d like to say I find travel easy. But the truth is, I really struggle with the organizing-packing-planning part of the trip. Or how many times I’ve missed activities or sightseeing because of my tendency to be scattered all over the place.
I could definitely win a prize for cringeing the most during travels to exotic places. An outhouse with mud and no paper? No thanks. A hotel without any phone chargers? *sighs and screams internally*
Therefore, I’d like to share my top 7 travel related life hacks with you:
– Use clothespins to protect toothbrushes from touching dirty counters. This is a literal lifesaver, especially because clothespins are easy and cheap to buy and find.
– Keep any spare money in an empty chapstick container. When you’re done with the chapstick, just wash up the container, roll the notes, and slip them inside. Another option, for women, is to keep it inside a sanitary pad pouch; just make sure that you seal it.
– If you forget the plug from your phone charger, or the hotel has a different outlet (the struggle is real!) you can use the back of your TV. Most TVs have a USB outlet that’ll charge your phone. Just don’t forget the aux cord.
– Make a temporary waterproof phone case by placing your phone inside a Ziploc bag and sealing it tightly. Warning: this probably won’t work if you dive into a lake. It’s more of a hack for rain, or puddles.
– Line your backpack with a bin bag. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve returned to my hotel, to find that everything in my bag has miraculously managed to open out, and somehow my water bottle decided to leak. I actually found this from Buzzfeed (the rest I’ve used from day to day travel) but this is probably my favorite hack- hands down.
– Plan your clothes beforehand. Believe it or not, but rolling your clothes is apparently more space efficient and so much easier for all the people who can’t fold properly *coughs loudly*. Also an ideal outfit to wear to the airport is probably slippers, trackpants, and layering from t shirts to hoodies (depending on where you are). Slippers are more time efficient, in case security requires that you remove your shoes, and trackpants are just really comfy.
-My last hack for travelling is to leave a day extra. This may be hard for those on a time deadline, but you can use the extra day to complete any last minute tours or destinations. Otherwise, use the time to just explore the city without a plan and just kinda wing it. This gives you a chance to see places you’ll never have seen before, and gives you a chance to explore the hidden gems in any city.
So, yeah. Those are my favorite travel life hacks. I’m gonna be posting from Alibag next week, so I’ll keep y’all posted.