Everybody has an inner globetrotter in them and a desire to feed that bug. However, there are some hassles that comes with the territory of being a traveller. So, what are the best travel hacks to combat such issues?
1. Download Google Maps for use offline
Google Maps is a lifesaver, period. The app is easily downloadable to browse offline on mobile. This can be especially useful in areas without Internet connection. All you need to do is go on the map to the area you want to save, then type “ok map” into the search and press Download.
2. Save money on every travel booking
In today’s world, money is everything, especially when travelling, either with family, friends or solo. Ebates is a free cashback site that allows people to earn money back from online purchases like a partial instant refund.
Ebates is partnered with a number of popular online retailers . When you click through to these retailer sites via Ebates and buy something, Ebates earns some affiliate commission, a portion of which they share with you as a cashback (deposited straight into a Paypal account). In other words, you’re getting money back for shopping, which translates into instant discounts for your travel bookings.
3. Bring a pillowcase
Always bring a pillowcase in an emergency situation where you need a comfy pillow, just stuff some soft clothes in that case and go to town. Likewise, you can use the pillowcase to compress clothes like a puffy jacket in order to save space in your luggage.
4. Mark your stuff as fragile
Broken luggage is a nightmare, so, marking some luggage as fragile is really useful. Not only will the luggage arrive first but also, the airline workers will be extra careful with your goods. So, items like strollers, wheelchairs and other such paraphernalia will be handled with care.
5. Pack an empty water bottle to the airport
That way you can fill up after you pass security and it saves people from actually buying bottles. Alternatively, some experts swear by freezing their water so it’s not technically a liquid. However, the most useful travel hack is to bring an empty bottle. For incontinent people, it can also be used to relieve yourself if you are unable to go to the bathroom, though discretion is the key.
6. Reserve the aisle and window seats
If you’re travelling with a friend or partner, no need to fight about taking the dreaded middle seat. Just reserve both the aisle and window in hopes that nobody wants the middle seat. However, if they do though, just ask to switch!
7. Scope out your flight seat in advance
As most travellers know, not all plane seats are created equal. As the saying goes, ‘Better to be 10 minutes early than 1 minute late’ Some have more leg room, some are absurdly close to the washrooms, etc. Luckily, you can just enter your flight details on various booking sites and read different reviews and first hand experiences. If you have one of those flights where you can choose your own seats during online check-in, this is a massive life saver.
8. Find WiFi passwords
In today’s world, it can be very very hard to live without Wi-Fi for a long time. In some restaurants and hotels, there is an option for free Wi-Fi. So, if you need WiFi in a pinch, you can easily sleuth around for WiFi passwords or ask for it.
9. Bring a clothespin to prop up your toothbrush
When staying in an AirBNB, hostel or hotel, sometimes you want to make sure your toothbrush doesn’t touch anything. If a holding cup isn’t available, just throw a clothespin on it to prop it up.
10. Use a TV to charge your electronics
One of the the things people tend to forget most often is the little USB adapter that comes with their phone charger. While you can plug the cable into my laptop to charge, but in some cases, the laptop doesn’t go everywhere. However, most TVs have a USB port around the back and you can easily use that to charge all your electronics.