Isn't it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation? Yes! When you have your essentials and needs intake, you have already made a good start. And a good start is a job half done. From basic etiquettes to must-have items, a vacation is experienced well, when you have everything figured out.
So, here are 40 essential travel tips and hacks that will ensure you get to see and do everything on your vacation.
Tip - 1
Use incognito mode when booking hotels and flights online! Travel portals often track your visits and raise the price. Incognito mode will not let your data be breached.
Tip - 2
Use glass case to keep your loose chargers and cables.
Tip - 3
Take extra socks; nothing beats a fresh pair of socks.
Tip - 4
Pack a small towel. It's the key to successful hitch-hiking or plain common sense. Though it is one of the common packing items, many prefer complimentary towels at the hotels. However, You never know when you will need it, whether it's at the beach, on a picnic, or to dry off. And carrying a small towel won't add much weight to your bag.
Tip - 5
Roll clothes, instead of folding; to save baggage space.
Tip - 6
Use shower caps to cover the bottom of the shoes.
Tip - 7
Put smartphones in flight mode to save battery.
Tip - 8
Use a binder clip to roll your headphones.
Tip - 9
Fold your coats inside out to avoid wrinkles and creasing.
Tip - 10
Pack a flashlight; Firstly, it will let you manoeuvre at night; you avoid stepping on stuff.
Tip - 11
Carry first aid kit; Accidents happen, so be prepared.
Tip - 12
Scan relevant documents before leaving for a trip. In the event of misplacement or theft, it comes in handy to have copies of your passport, flight itineraries and identification cards; that you can easily access on your smartphone or tablet.
Tip - 13
Book flights two months in advance.
Tip - 14
Choose window seats for less turbulence. The seats located along the wings of a plane usually have the least amount of turbulence
Tip - 15
Type "OK Maps," to use Google Maps offline.
Tip - 16
Carry an empty water bottle, instead of buying a water bottle at the airport. You can fill it up, once you are done with the security check.
Tip - 17
Get Wi-Fi passwords for the establishments, by checking the comment sections on Foursquare app.
Tip - 18
Use your GPS when travelling abroad! If you're going abroad without an international plan, turn on aeroplane mode and turn off the data to use the GPS without internet. And you can load the Google map of the area before heading out of the hotel, and you've got a fully functional plan to navigate the city.
Tip - 19
Travel by yourself at least once! You can learn valuable life skills along the journey!
Tip - 20
Visit a local tourism office! Local tourism would be aware of everything going on in the town. They can aid you with free activities, special events happening during your stay, and everything in between. This is probably one of the most underrated travel tips in the world. Use the tourism board! Save money!
Tip - 21
Don't buy a money belt for obvious reasons! Thieves know money belts exist and being seen with one basically shouts, "Look at me, I'm a tourist with money!" "Rip me off!"
Tip - 22
Always carry a lock! They are useful, especially when you stay in dormitories and need to lock your stuff.
Tip - 23
Learn basic phrases of the local language! The locals will appreciate your effort, and it will make your interactions more natural.
Tip - 24
Use a bus to travel a short distance, instead of flights.
Tip - 25
Always follow a business traveller when in security lines! Since they are usually in a rush and travel light, they move faster than others.
Tip - 26
Never get behind families! Try to avoid getting in lines with kids. They take forever.
Tip - 27
Visit tourists attractions at lunchtime! With fewer crowds getting in your way, you will have enough time to explore the attractions.ns.
Tip - 28
Stay in hostels. They are cheap, organize events, you'll meet a lot of people, and they are just tons of fun!
Avoid taxis. They are always budget busters. Never ever take a taxi unless you have too!
Tip - 30
Take pictures of your luggage and baggage! If you lose your bag, the images will help identify it more efficiently and will help you speed up the process.
Tip - 31
Carry emergency cash. Because emergencies occur.
Tip - 32
Learn to bargain or haggle! Haggling or Bargaining is a playful, fun way of not getting charged the foreigner price.
Tip - 33
Get travel insurance! If something goes wrong, you don't want to be out thousands of dollars in bills. Travel insurance will take of it.
Tip - 34
Take earplugs. You find Snorers everywhere, and you need your sleep.
Tip - 35
Wear sunscreen! Just a gentle reminder.
Tip - 36
Stick fragile labels on your baggage. Mark your bag with fragile labels. This leads to gentler handling by staff. They're often placed on the top of the other luggage, meaning it would be the first to come out at the baggage claim.
Tip - 37
Use ATMs instead of airport currency to save money. ATMs across the world offer much lower rates than what you can get from the airport currency exchanges.
Tip - 38
Get free Wi-Fi! Add '?.jpg' to the end of any URL, when you are the airport to get around the ludicrously expensive Wi-Fi. Or you can sit right outside an airport club lounge: Wi-Fi signals often glide through the walls.
Tip - 39
Send a postcard to yourself from your travel destinations.
Come home to see the letters at the doorstep and make the transition back to reality easier.
Tip - 40
On your last day in a foreign country, collect all your loose money and give it to the homeless.