Ziplining over an Icelandic river, parasailing over the Gulf of Mexico, and screeching Billie Eilish lyrics at the O2 in London are some traveling festivities I experienced last year.
Of course, growing up with a travel agent mother festered an undying adoration for exploring the globe, but I still like to learn the best tips for navigating this wondrous world. So here are the best travel hacks that favor minimal conflict and maximum enjoyment.
1. Dirty Laundry Bag
My best friend and I took a joint birthday trip to England and Paris last summer. A dirty laundry bag kept the stench of sweat and dirty clothes out of our Airbnb and prolonged the cleanliness of our unworn garments. Dirty laundry bags fold up and are easy to bring in a carry-on or a suitcase.
2. Travel Credit Cards
Credit cards come preloaded with benefits and sales. The sales and businesses the credit card partners with depends on the credit company and the pool of users.
For travel credit cards, some users receive discounted airfare, hotel stays, bundle vacation packages, and enjoy zero % international fees. These are life savers if you travel frequently.
3. Extra Carry-On Clothes
Have you ever had a layover for over six hours? You're stuck soaking in the same dirty clothes you boarded the previous plane with, your deodorant supply seems to have run out, and your teeth feel grimy.
One user suggested bringing extra carry-on clothes subdues discomfort in layovers and ensures comfort if the airline loses or misplaces your bag.
4. Pack Old Clothes
Comfort over fashion. That's how I travel and how the happiest users on this thread travel. Prioritize older clothes you like wearing but won't be upset if you leave them behind.
Older clothes provide travelers with breathability, and if you don't have room for souvenirs or gifts in your suitcase, you can toss or donate the older clothes.
5. Buy Toiletries Upon Arrival
Toiletries consume much-needed space and add liquid weight to luggage. Many travelers shared that purchasing toiletries once they arrive at their destination. This way, you free up space and move through security more quickly.
6. Bring Foreign Currency
Airports, ATMs in foreign countries, and banks all exchange currencies. Fees range between banks and ATMs, but usually, you pay a nominal fee for foreign currency.
Keep an eye out for locations that overcharge for foreign currency exchange. Arriving in a foreign country with foreign currency permits you to postpone your jetlag with a snack or cup of coffee and gives you transportation options.
7. Roll Clothes
What is the best way to pack? Rolling clothes. Some individuals use compression packs to eliminate excess air and open more space in luggage, but I've found that rolling clothes do an excellent job.
8. Medication in Carry-Ons
You must bring your medication in your carry-on for those long layovers and lost luggage. I've witnessed a woman fighting with TSA because she packed her medicine in her checked bag, and no one would retrieve the medication. To avoid this, bring an emergency supply in your carry-on. Yes, it's legal.
9. A Wind-Up Toy
This tactic is for those who get annoyed with screaming children easily. One traveler said they always bring a wind-up toy and give it to an aggravated child to avoid listening to them whining or crying while traveling.
10. Bring a Power Bank
Power banks are my favorite, especially when traveling to music festivals in the middle of the woods or countries with different outlet types. You can purchase outlet converters, but sometimes travel itineraries ask you to hike the countryside or disconnect from electricity for hours.
When you return to your car and need to pull up a map, you'll be much less distressed with a fully charged phone than a red battery.
11. Water Resistant Slings
Slings come in handy during vacation and in general. Water-resistant slings carry anything from water bottles to phones to more confidential documents you need on your person.
12. Reusable Silverware
Packing a reusable fork, spoon, and knife works wonders during layovers or on lengthy train trips. Sometimes the only establishment selling food at 3 a.m. is the grocery store, and you won't feel like eating that poutine with your hands.
This thread inspired this post.