25 Genius Travel Tips
Summer is full of long vacations and quick weekend trips, so we’ve gathered 25 genius trips to make your journeys sweet!
- When packing, roll your clothes to save space and avoid wrinkles. For clothes that have to be folded, use a sheet of tissue paper to avoid wrinkles.
- Pack a variety of snacks for the kids in a tackle box.
- Carry wet wipes on the plane and wipe down tray tables, arm rests, and anything your hands will touch during a flight.
- Use a sunglasses case to store chargers and cables.
- A dryer sheet at the bottom of your suitcase or duffle bag keeps clothes smelling fresh for weeks.
- Use your cell phone to take a clear snapshot of all your tickets, passports and other important documents.
- Wrap shoes in a hotel shower cap to keep dirty soles off your clothes.
- Stuff shoes with socks, belts, or scarves to utilize more space.
- For road trips, hang a shoe organizer on the back of the seat to have kids’ activities and items organized and within hands’ reach.
- Tuesday afternoons are statistically the best time to buy airfare for less.
- Marking your luggage with a “Fragile” tag usually gets it preferential treatment, like first in line at baggage claim.
- When traveling to a foreign country, use an ATM to withdraw cash. You will get the best exchange rate and avoid markup fees by banks.
- On your last day in a foreign country, gather all your cash and loose change and give it to a homeless person or someone in need.
- Use contact lens cases to store small amounts of cosmetics and lotions to save space.
- A rigorous workout the day before international travel will help you fight jet lag.
- On road trips, pull over for scenic photos and outlooks. It’s a great way to break up the drive and you’ll see amazing sights you’d otherwise miss, all for five minutes of your time.
- Tie a colored ribbon around the handle of your luggage for easy identification at baggage claim.
- Always keep a bottle of water and a protein-based snack in your purse or bag.
- Keep a stash of essentials (underwear, toiletries, documents) in your carryon, just in case your luggage gets lost.
- If you miss a flight or connection, don’t stand in line at the counter, use your cell phone and call the airline directly.
- For car rentals, hotels and any other type of reservation, always ask the booking agent, “Is this is the best rate you can give me?” They are obligated to answer honestly.
- Always sign up for frequent flyer and customer loyalty programs. The perks are plenty and add up quickly.
- The water on airplanes is not regulated. Order drinks without ice and always use hand sanitizer after washing your hands in the lavatory.
- Purchase park, museum, and tour tickets online and in advance. You may pay a dollar or two extra, but it will save you precious time standing in lines.
- Ask local people where to eat.