Travelling is always fun with the chance to go on an adventure, meet new people, and just think of all the new food you can try. Travelling can also be exhausting. There are so many things you have to pack and things you have to do to stay organized.
Since we live in the age of technology, there are always people out there who are looking for shortcuts. Little tips and tricks to make travelling go smoother, hacks as they are now referred to. There seems to be a hack for everything now, and there are certainly a lot when it comes to travelling.
However, how do we know which ones are actually useful, and which ones are going to end up costing us more time and money? We have compiled 10 travel hacks that are definitely worth the effort and 10 that you shouldn’t even waste your time on.
Let's start with the helpful ones...
20 Who Knew A Keychain Could Be So Useful
We have talked about having a special pouch for cords and a pocket for pens, but it is a good idea to also invest in a special keychain just for travel.
According to travelandleisure.com, you should have a special keychain that you will only use for your hotel room door. This is an easy way to keep track of the room key and make sure you are never locked out in the middle of the night.
19 Binder Clip Can Save A Finger
There are certain things that are more difficult to pack, and a razor is one. No one wants to shove their hand in their bag and end up with shredded fingers because they grabbed the wrong end of the razor.
According to hostelworld.com, there is a simple fix for this. Clip a binder clip onto the sharp end of the razor and your fingers will always be protected.
18 Talk To Strangers
We are told our entire lives not to talk to strangers, but that is a helpful hack when it comes to travelling.
According to travelandleisure.com, it is very important to talk to strangers when travelling. By talking to locals, you can find all the great places to eat and the hidden gems of the local area.
17 Space Just For Cords
Everyone carries a lot of electronics when they are travelling, so it is important to keep them organized.
According to travelandleisure.com, it is a great idea to have a pouch that is dedicated to cords. This keeps them all in one place and prevents them all from getting tangled in various pockets.
16 Always Have Pens
This is a hack that not a lot of people think of, and that is you should always have an abundance of pens on you at all times.
According to travelandleisure.com, before you leave for your trip, grab a handful of pens and throw them in the bag you will be using most often. Leave them there and you will always have a pen when you need one.
15 The Kettle Has More Than One Use
Most hotel rooms have irons for your clothes because they are bound to get wrinkled after being shoved in a suitcase and taken around the world.
According to travelandleisure.com, if your room does not have an iron for some reason, you can use a kettle. If you see a portable kettle, fill it up and boil the water. Use the steam that comes out of the top as a neat and easy steamer.
14 Roll Your Clothes
It wasn’t that long ago that Marie Kondo was taking over the world with her hacks for cleaning and organizing.
According to hostelworld.com, she is right. If you want to get the most out of your luggage space, it is better to roll your clothes tightly than fold them. You will have more space in your suitcase.
13 Use The TV As A Charger
It would be a nightmare situation if you were halfway around the world and you realize you forgot your wall plug for your phone charger. Don’t worry, there is a hack for that.
According to hostelworld.com, most modern TVs have a USB connector on the back which would allow you to plug your phone in and get a quick charge.
12 E-Mail Yourself Your Passport
The most precious thing you have when you are travelling is your passport, and it can be a hassle when you lose it.
According to hostelworld.com, if you have a copy of your passport it makes it a lot easier if you lose it or if it is stolen. The same goes for all of your travel documents.
11 Mark Luggage As Fragile
We hear countless stories about how rough airline employees are with our luggage. They are constantly throwing it around. If you want to prevent that then follow this one hack.
According to hostelworld.com, always mark your luggage as fragile (even if it is not), this prevents it from getting thrown around.
And here are 10 tips that are not so helpful...
10 Not Setting A Budget
Now we are going to talk about the hacks that are not that useful and can cause you more trouble.
According to thetravel.com, not setting a budget is not a hack, and it is very irresponsible. Many people think they have brought enough money for their trip but are shocked when they end up going through it very fast.
9 Over Packing Is Not A Thing
There are a ton of hacks out there to be able to pack a lot of stuff. These are not hacks you always want to be following.
According to thetravel.com, you don’t want to overload your luggage, because you may need room to bring home souvenirs and gifts. You wouldn’t want to run out of space.
8 Not Talking To The Taxi Driver
When it comes to travelling throughout your destination, there are things you should and shouldn’t do. It is not a hack to not talk to your taxi driver before you leave.
According to thetravel.com, don’t just pay the amount that the taxi driver states. You should be negotiating a fair ahead of time. Sometimes, taxi drivers will try and take advantage of people who are tourists.
7 Neglecting Your Cell Phone
Something you should always do when you are traveling is keep in contact with your cell phone company. A lot of people take and use their cell phone when travelling and this could be costly.
According to thetravel.com, it is important to try and get on a travel plan while you are away. This can save you a lot of money.
6 Saving Money On Insurance
There are a lot of people out there who will tell you that it is a hack to skip the travel insurance. That it is a waste of money and you rarely would use it.
According to thetravel.com, this may be true sometimes, but not all the time. This insurance covers anything that happens during your trip. Should the worst happen, you will want to be protected.
5 Skimping Out On Safety Alerts
It is important to acknowledge where you are going on your travels and that you may be a victim of theft.
According to thetravel.com, this is why it is important to make sure you secure any belongings that are valuable or precious to you. If you can leave it at home, leave it. If you have to bring it, make sure you are taking the proper precautions to keep your items safe.
4 Keeping Your Eye Off The Clock
It is easy when you are on vacation to keep your eyes off the clock and just enjoy the time you have there, but this is not a hack to relax, it is a mistake.
According to thetravel.com, it is important to understand the time difference in each destination you are stopping at. This is beneficial for both connecting flights as well as trying to get some sleep.
3 Overbooking Everything
A lot of hacks will tell you how to plan a lot of activities in a short amount of time. This is not a hack and it can actually ruin your vacation.
According to thetravel.com, it is important to plan everything. Plan every stop and be realistic on what you will be able to see and do. It is a good idea to prioritize your adventures and excursions.
2 Ignoring The Credit Cards
We discussed how important it is to let your cell phone provider know that you are travelling, and it is also important to let your credit card company know. Failing to let them know is not a hack.
According to thetravel.com, it is important to inform your credit card company and your bank know that you are travelling and that they may see some weird activity on your account.
1 A Short Layover
This is a big one, and a lot of people fall victim to it because they think it is a hack to save time, but it is not.
According to thetravel.com, a lot of people plan short layovers to try and hack the system and get to their destination faster. This could actually mean you don’t get there at all if there are delays and you don’t catch the flight.
Sources: Travel and Leisure, Hostel World, The Travel