Travel, however amazing it may be, comes with a lot of stress and planning. As lazy humans, of course we look for ways to make the whole process easier. Enter, travel hacks. These super simple tips have been tried and tested by travel bloggers and are guaranteed* to make your trip a whole lot easier!
*As much as I love these tips, I can’t actually guarantee anything.
Take an Extension Lead
This is my ultimate, number one travel hack. An extension lead is way cheaper and easier than buying multiple adaptors and carrying them around. It’s also incredibly handy in a hostel room with limited plugs and multiple young travellers in desperate need to charge their phones. Just remember to bring it with you as it’s pretty impossible to find one with the correct plugs when you’re away.
by Katie from Real World Runaway
Use Solid Toiletries
Solid toiletries are amazing to travel with. They not only reduce plastic, which is great for the environment, but they are smaller and a lot lighter, and last much longer than their liquid alternatives! They also can be taken in carry on baggage, whereas liquid toiletries cannot.
Solid shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash and toothpaste are all available. While they are generally a bit more expensive than liquid toiletries, you more than make your money back as they last for so much longer. To give some idea of time; I took a solid shampoo travelling with me, washed my hair about twice a week and it lasted me over four months. Solid toiletries are perfect for a long backpacking stint when you’re unsure how accessible big shops will be, or for short trips when you’re wanting to save space and weight in your bag!
by Claire from Claire’s Footsteps
Use Google Maps Offline
One of my most helpful travel hacks is to download offline areas to the Google Maps app on my phone before traveling. I don’t always buy a local sim everywhere I travel so I am often out and about without any internet and I almost always get lost or want to find my way to a new place. Having the offline areas already downloaded into my phone means I can use Google Maps while my phone is in airplane mode so that I can find my way around while traveling without incurring huge data fees while abroad. It always comes in handy
by Katie from The Katie Show Blog
Keep Valuables in your Bra
Sorry boys, this one isn’t for you. My best travel hack is stashing valuables in my bra – a creative solution for a woman travelling alone! I usually keep a big, visible padlock on my backpack to deter thieves and hide the key in my bra. It’s also a good place to put my phone, so it’s easy to whip out for photos, but hidden away and impossible to snatch quickly.
by Amy from Page Traveller
Take a Binder Clip to Keep Curtains Shut
by Kris from Nomad by Trade
Always Take Ziplock Bags
Charge Using USBs
I try to travel with only hand luggage as much as possible, so space saving hacks are a huge priority of mine! I travel with 2 universal travel adaptors that support both plugs and USB cables and they work all over the world. The majority of my electronics and cameras can be charged with a USB cable so this eliminates bulky plugs. I can just carry the leads in a pencil case and they plug straight into the adaptor!
by Kylie from Between England and Iowa
More often than not, I don’t have enough plug adaptors with me and it can be a real pain when I need to charge my phone and my camera. One of my favourites and a hack that has saved me a few times now is to use my phone wire and plug it into the USB slot in the back of the hotel room TV!
by Georgina from Georgina Does
What are your favourite travel hacks? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!