Traveling can be difficult and tricky at times. One of my top goals when preparing for a trip is to make everything go as smoothly as possible! There are a number of travel hacks I have learned through my adventures that I think others will find helpful too.Travel Hacks

 

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Keeping your clothes Wrinkle Free

    • Did you know that you can use hot steam from a shower to unwrinkle your clothes? Crank the shower as hot as it will go, hang your item up over the shower door or something near it, close the door and give it about 3-5 minutes. When you hold up your item, the wrinkles are magically gone! Works like a charm!
    • Rolling your clothes keeps them less wrinkled. It also uses less space so that’s a win-win! I usually keep mine in Pro Packing Cubes orΒ Shacke Pak packing cubes to keep them organized in my bag by categories like tops, bottoms, underwear and socks, then my sweatshirts.
    • They also have Eagle Creek Pack-It Garment Folders that come with a board to help fold them perfectly so they don’t wrinkle. This was also very handy to keep my dresses and my boyfriends dress shirts and pants from looking wrinkly. The one below is the one we have used and LOVE by eagle creek.

Keeping your items from making a mess

  • Take off the lid of your liquids and put saran wrap over the top of the bottle. Replace the lid tightly. This is a MUST before going on an airplane because the liquid will expand and burst out the top of the bottle if not. This is also true with makeup ladies so be careful!
  • Bring a gallon bag to keep your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in. I also put them inside a small waterproof caddy so absolutely nothing would get out onto my clothes in case of a spill.
  • Always put your shoe bottoms face up on the top of your items in your suitcase or face down on the bottom of your suitcase. This makes sure you don’t get mud or dirt all over your clean clothes.
  • Bring a garbage bag or an old drawstring gym bag to put your dirty/smelly clothes or shoes in so the rest of your clean stuff doesn’t pick up an odor.

Packing and Reusing

  • Use body wash instead of soap to wash your clothes
  • Leave at least 1/4 of your suitcase for things you pick up along the way
  • Pick up one of those travel size spray bottles from Walmart for $1 and fill it with sunscreen. They come with a cap and conveniently fit in small places like your purse, pocket, and your backpack. This was a lifesaver in Rome!
  • Always wear your heaviest or bulkiest items when you travel. This saves room in your suitcase and helps keep you under the weight limit for your bags.
  • Photocopy your passport and driver’s license and bring along 2-3 copies in various places in your bag. If either of your real IDs get stolen, at least you’ll have a paper copy to prove you are who you are. You can also carry your passport copy around in exchange of your real passport while exploring the city in case your driver’s license isn’t enough.

Food and Drinks

  • Buy a huge baguette wherever possible. It lasts for at least 3 meals and fills you up quickly. I would pick up a small tub of butter or olive oil and just dip my bread in it for a snack or a meal.
  • Buy your liquor, bottles of wine, beer at grocery stores instead of paying for expensive drinks at the hotel bars or the actual bars when you go out. We saved SO much money doing this.
  • Ask where the natives eat. They can tell you where all of the cheap hidden gems are and you get to go on an adventure in order to find them! It’s a win-win!
  • Bring a LifeStraw Water Bottle. This enabled me to get water from anywhere and not have to worry about whether it was safe to drink. That is a big deal in some countries! I also saved a lot of money not having to buy a bottle of water everywhere we went.
  • My best tip is to buy every meal possible at a grocery store. It saves you money and then you get to pick a beautiful spot to eat in the city or town you are exploring! Below is a snack we had on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower as we waited for the lights to come on.Travel HacksThese are a few of my travel hacks! What are some of yours? Comment them below and don’t forget to Pin this for later!

My Favorite Travel Hacks

51 thoughts on “My Favorite Travel Hacks

  1. these are all good tips!

    My fave is the wrinkle free tip! I did not know that about the hot shower steam!

    Also, good advice on keeping 1/4 of the luggage space for thing we buy along the way. I always overpack then I always buy stuff during my travels and have zero space to put them in!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed them Justine! We LOVE the wrinkle free tip. It definitely helps get those wrinkles out quickly on the road πŸ™‚ My boyfriend and I both over pack so making sure we have ample space for our souvenirs is essential for us! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again soon.

      Jess

  2. Great tips Jess – I found myself relating to a lot of them! The food in particular, I always grab things from the market and eat as I go! Great read πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Elaina! I am a foodie so having cheap snacks always available saved me loads of money on my trips! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. What a great list! There are a few new ones for me too. I wish I had thought of the saran wrap over the liquid bottles before. I have had many a mess in my toiletries bag ha ha.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I have definitely saved myself a lot of headaches by using saran wrap. One that you don’t usually think to cover is your liquid cover up if you use that for your makeup. I’ve had one explode all over when I first opened it after a flight. Not a fun experience, so I love the saran wrap trick!

      Thanks for stopping by Chantell!

    1. Awesome! I’m glad to hear that they were so helpful. Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

    1. I struggle sometimes with this too! We try to treat ourselves to a meal out but I love bread and easy snacks found at the grocery stores just as much sometimes. The main reason we eat at restaurants is for free wifi since we don’t get international cell phone plans while we travel.

  4. Great tips! I have one to add: Put things that you will want to get to on the plane (or train/bus/ferry/flying unicorn) ride on the OUTSIDE pockets of your bag that you put under the seat. I always forget this and then am the person that has to go into the overhead bin all the time.

    1. This is such a great idea!! I usually bring a super small bag with all of the little essentials for the plane because I used to be that person who always needed in the overhead! Thanks for visiting and awesome tip! πŸ™‚

  5. That’s a great list! I also do the re-usable bottle and try to shop from the grocery store, instead of buying expensive restaurant meals. However, if I happen to stay in a hotel that offers free breakfast, I fill up really well and most of the time it lasts me until 4-5 PM, when I just have a nice dinner πŸ™‚

    1. Awesome! You’re already ahead of the game! We loved our free hotel breakfasts and usually ate a small late lunch or a huge dinner later in the day. I have to agree with you that I figured I would be eating three meals a day but actually usually only ate two while traveling. There’s too much to see and I forget I’m hungry. Thanks for stopping by Gabi!

  6. When it comes to having your passport information, I also scan mine and email it to myself. That way if EVERYTHING got lost, at least I could log onto my email and have it handy.

    1. This is such a good idea! We also carry a copy with us in our bag so we always have it. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I love this so much! I am actually getting ready for a several month backpacking trip through SE Asia so a lot of these tips were helpful! I love the idea of the spray bottle for sunscreen – genius! Thanks for sharing this!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! I would have been a lobster without the sunscreen in a bottle. It fits so easily in your purse or a small bag! Have fun traveling and I’m excited to read all about your travels.

  8. Always good to be reminded of these tips! I like the saran wrap on top of bottles while flying-just so it doesn’t get messy!

    1. I always love reading various travel tips because there are always some I forget! The saran wrap was one I found right before my trip to Europe and it definitely saved my bag from a disaster. I know this because I did NOT put saran wrap over my liquid makeup and that exploded all over the mirror and my clothes when I took the lid off… Yay! Safe travels and thanks for stopping by!

  9. Cool idea for a post! I don’t know if I agree with the steaming your clothes tip though, as an environmentalist this is one of the biggest things that irritate me! I’d rather just wear clothes that don’t wrinkle πŸ˜‰ But that’s just me! I like the idea of the filter straw bottle, and if you are in Asia there are water machines that you can fill up a 2 litre bottle for 1 baht (about 2p), if only Europe would catch on!

    1. That’s great! You can pair it with getting a shower and then it’s a 2 in 1! I always steam up the bathroom when I shower. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  10. Thanks for the great tips, I’m currently looking into getting those packing cubes, so it’s amazing to see all the options πŸ˜€

    1. I’m glad you liked them! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do πŸ™‚

  11. Good tips, I’m going to use some, especially that I’ve had accidents with nail polish remover spilling all over my clothes. I never thought it could happen, and then it took ages to get rid of the smell.

    1. Oh wow Violeta! I can only imagine what a disaster that was. Hopefully these tips help you on your future travels! πŸ™‚

    1. Great! Thanks for visiting Cynthia! I hope these help you on your next adventure πŸ™‚

  12. Great tips ! Love the food and drink one ! Take a baguette everywhere you go lol! I could live on the things over here in Italy I practically so actually lol death by carbacide!!

    1. I totally agree Francesca. I wish baguettes were more popular in the states! I lived off of them πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Jess
    Thank you for sharing this useful post! I always forget about taking additional bag for dirty laundry…

    1. It’s so easy to forget but it puts you in a stinky situation πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Awesome tips! I love shopping at local grocery stores & markets to try out new foods and wines, especially in Europe! πŸ™‚

  15. Cool tips πŸ™‚ As for the shoes, I always put them in a plastic bag. Actually I try to put everything in plastic bags so that it doesnΒ΄t get wet when I hike and it rains.
    Sorry to say so, but the first tip – to let the shower run and steam your clothes – is very wasteful! Water is so scarce in some areas! I prefer to bring stuff that doesnΒ΄t need ironing πŸ˜‰

    1. It’s always good to have plastic bags for your stuff to keep them separate!

      I completely understand when it comes to steaming your clothes with the shower tip. I actually get extremely hot showers so I can steam my clothes while I do that πŸ™‚

  16. I always roll up my clothes, I can fit like 3x more when I do that! πŸ˜€ The shower steam tip is pricesless, though!
    I have a scan of my passport, ID and health insurance card in my Evernote app on my phone. You literally never know when something might go wrong… And trust me, many years back (about 15 years ago) me and my whole company were left without our passports abroad because someone stole a bag that contained them, and it’s such a tough scenario. So I’m always prepared for the worst!
    Thanks for great tips πŸ™‚

    1. I’m so glad you liked them! That is so terrible to hear about all of your passports being stolen. You can never be too prepared because things like this do happen while on the road. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Tons of tips I never wouldve had come to mind! Your website is so great for those little things πŸ™‚ Saving this article, so great!

    1. Thank you so much Gabby! I really appreciate it and I hope to keep providing you with more helpful tips.

  18. The baguette hahaha πŸ™‚ I do this all the time! I don’t use a lifestraw but something similar and I saved so much money drinking water out of the tap! Even worked for India.

    1. Yes the baguette. I was always teased for having one but it saved me so much. It was also nice to have the Lifestraw to fill up at gas stations or as we were walking around. It definitely does save money πŸ™‚

  19. Great, practical tips. I’m not sure why it took me so long to figure out “Always wear your heaviest or bulkiest items when you travel. This saves room in your suitcase and helps keep you under the weight limit for your bags.”

    Safe travels!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope these help make your next adventure a little smoother πŸ™‚

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