Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and I try to do it as often as I can. Over the years, I’ve come up with some travel hacks I use all the time to make traveling as easy as possible. Today, I’m sharing my favorite tips with you!
1. Use incognito tabs when booking
The first one is pretty well-known: when it comes to booking a flight, a hotel or any other big purchase, always use your incognito tab. You’ll probably visit booking websites more than once and each time you visit, prices will go up because these websites recognize your computer. When using an incognito tab, they won’t recognize you and they’ll show you the real (probably cheaper) price.
2. Have a picture of your ID on your phone
Take pictures of your passport, ID, driver’s license and other important documents, so you always have them on hand. This way, you can book your flight at any time of day without having to search for your travel documents.
3. Use websites such as Skyscanner.com
Skyscanner.com is one of my favorite sites to browse for cheap flights. It compares every flight from every company on every website, so you can get the best deal. Beware though, Skyscanner also compares some shady websites, so check those websites on reliability before you decide to book with them.
4. Always bring a reusable water bottle
This is probably one of my all-time favorite travel hacks. Always bring a reusable water bottle. Most airports and countries offer free water fountains, so you don’t have to pay for water and you’re not buying a ton of plastic bottles you’ll eventually throw out anyway.
5. Suitcase in a suitcases
I learned this hack in one of Hey Nadine‘s videos. If you’re traveling light but planning on shopping during your trip, pack everything you’re bringing in a small suitcase and then pack that suitcase in a bigger one. You’ll be checking in one suitcase, even though you’re traveling with two of them. When you come back from your trip, use the small suitcase as your carry-on luggage and check in the big suitcase. Just make sure the bags aren’t too heavy, so you don’t have to pay extra.
6. Check in in advance
Most airline companies will allow you to check in 24 hours in advance. This means you can choose the seat you want in advance and that saves you a lot of time at check-in. Also, most airlines tend to overbook their flights, so by checking in in advance you can rest assured you’ll have your seat and you’ll be on that flight.
7. Get an aisle seat
Whenever I check in for long haul flights in advance, I always make sure I pick an aisle seat in the middle section of the plane. I just hate to bother people whenever I have to go to the bathroom or want to stretch my legs.
8. Copy important documents just in case
This is something my grandma taught me. Always take copies of important documents such as passports, ID’s, driver’s licenses, credit cards, booking confirmations, … and keep them in your suitcase. If you do lose one of these documents, it’ll be way easier to retrieve them and to identify yourself.
9. When you pack too much, check in a hand luggage piece at the gate for free
I try to put my heaviest items in my carry-on suitcase, so my checked in suitcase won’t weigh too much. Then, at the gate, I check in my carry-on suitcase for free.
10. Long trips: don’t bring shower products and buy them there
When you’re going on a long trip (i.e. longer than a week), don’t bother packing shampoo, conditioner and shower gel and instead buy some when you arrive. This will save you space, weight and some money because travel sized products are pretty darn expensive!
11. Short trips: try to fit everything in a carry-on
On short trips (less than a week), try to pack as light as possible, so you can fit everything in a carry-on suitcase. This means you don’t have to check in a bag and you don’t have to wait for your luggage at baggage claim. So much time you don’t have to spend waiting around!
12. Yelp & TripAdvisor
I never really appreciated these apps until my trip to New York City in 2017. Yelp and TripAdvisor are honestly such good apps for finding restaurants and activities near you at a good price. You get a ton of reviews and you can search based on your location. Also, once you start writing reviews on these apps, you can get discounts when booking hotels or activities.
13. Bring sunglasses on the plane
People usually close the blinds on long haul flights, but that also means that they will open them again before landing. And man, it’s bright up in the sky! Especially when you just woke up. So, I always bring sunglasses for when those blinds inevitably do open.
14. Finally, bring a big scarf that can also be used as a blanket
Because we all like to be cozy when we’re in a giant, aluminum box in the air.
I’ll be using these travel hacks on my next trip! Find out where I’m going next in my Travel Plans blog post! What are some of your favorite travel tips?