Travel hacks everyone should know

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After many years of traveling, we learned some useful travel hacks that can make your experience much better. Traveling is one of the most interesting and fulfilling experiences you can have but it can also present some difficulties.

That’s why it’s important to be prepared and do your research before setting off. We already talked about ways to save money while traveling and listed some travel planning mistakes to avoid to help you prepare better.

In this article, we will share some of the best travel hacks we’ve used over the years and still use when we plan a new trip. These hacks have helped us save money, pack smarter, and just having an overall better experience.

Keep reading to discover 12 travel hacks everyone should know:

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Use incognito browsing mode to save money

Incognito browsing or private browsing doesn’t store any data on your computer when you browse the internet. It is useful when you want to book flights online and want to find the best price.

Supposedly booking websites increase the price when you look at the same route over and over again. So, to avoid it many suggest using incognito mode.

We have been using this trick for some time now and noticed that the price is indeed different in incognito mode on some websites.

Book directly with the hotel

Booking through Booking.com or any other booking website is convenient since they manage everything for us. But if you want to get a better rate, contact the hotel directly.

More often than not, they will be more than happy to give you a better rate. Websites like Booking.com take a cut for any booking done through them.

So, for the hotel it is more convenient to have guests book directly with them. They could give you a discount or offer perks like free breakfast. It is worth trying!

Buy packing cubes

packing cubes

Packing cubes are great if you like keeping your bags organized. They also help you save space and make finding things much easier.

We don’t always use them but when we do our luggage is much more organized! Packing cubes are also very cheap and they last a long time. So, we totally recommend them!

Roll your clothes

This is one of our favorite tips! Since we’ve discovered it we’ve never folded our clothes in a traditional way again.

Rolling your clothes allows you to save space and keep your belongings organized. We absolutely love it! Just try it and you will see the difference for yourself.

Don’t unpack everything

luggage

When you arrive in your hotel room, don’t take out everything from your suitcase. Take only the items you really need and leave the rest inside.

It will make your packing much easier and you won’t be so likely to forget something when it’s time to leave.

Mark your luggage as fragile

A really great travel hack is to mark your luggage as fragile. The airline workers will be more careful when handling your bags and they will put them on top of other bags.

This way you will also be one of the first to get your luggage when you arrive at your destination.

Download Google Maps and Google Translate for offline use

Google Maps

These are two of the most used travel apps all over the world and can help you out in many situations.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have an internet connection they don’t work. So, remember to download both for offline use too. Just in case you find yourself without connection and need directions or to translate something.

Use TV to charge your tech items

We have all found ourselves with our smartphones almost dead and no power source to charge it. What can you do in that case? We’ve often used our laptop to charge our smartphones. But sometimes your laptop is dead too or it was left home.

Luckily, if you have an USB adapter with you, you can plug it at the back of the TV and charge your tech devices this way. Most TVs have an USB port at the back so take advantage of it if you need it.

Use a toiletry bag for bathroom essentials

toiletry bag

We like using a toiletry bag for our bathroom essentials because it keeps our luggage more organized. It is also easier to find them when we need them.

So put your makeup, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, face creams, and any other product you need in one dedicated bag. Remember to put any liquids in small bottles because most airlines have a limit of 100ml for liquids.

Pack a backpack or handbag

For any daily trips or sightseeing walks, you’ll need a smaller bag to put your everyday accessories in. You’ll need to carry around your wallet, phone, sunglasses, and other everyday items.

So, remember to pack a smaller bag in your suitcase for everyday use. A fanny pack is also a good alternative if you prefer them.

Send yourself a copy of your passport

Scan your passport and any useful identification documents and email them to yourself. This is a precaution in case you lose your documents and need to prove your identity.

You could also carry a copy of your passport with you in case your phone dies and you can’t access your email. This isn’t something likely to happen but it’s better to be prepared.

Use ATMs

When you travel to a foreign country that uses a different currency you need to change your money. Exchange rates vary depending on where you are. At the airport, for example, they’re usually higher. While in the city they are more convenient.

We found that ATMs have usually good rates and they give you your money in local currency. So, bring your credit card with you and withdraw cash in local currency.

Do you have any travel hacks you always suggest to your friends?

Let us know in the comments below!

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