Life Hacks are simple, little ways to make life easier. It doesn’t just border around frugality (though frugality is necessary these days), its sole purpose is just to make life a lot easier. I must say I’m a life hacker and love DIYs. Today I’d focus on travel. Everyone travels once in a while. These tips and tricks I’ve used overtime. I keep finding new tricks when I fall victim to some circumstances. I learn from it and make sure it does not happen again.
- Mark your luggage as ‘Fragile’: This way, the luggage handlers handle it with care. For fear of damaging items inside ( even when there’s nothing fragile there), they tend to put your luggage at the top to avoid other baggage pressing on it. Hence when it’s time to claim it, it comes on the baggage carrousel earlier. Hence saving you time.
- Take pictures of your luggage: The more specific, the better. I’ve had trips where my luggage didn’t arrive with me. When reporting the missing baggage, they’d usually ask for tag numbers of the box and description. You don’t want to be telling a middle-aged man that the color of your box is “a fusion of turquoise, tangerine and olive patterns”. Showing them a picture of your box makes it much easier for them to spot. Tags alone are not reliable, if the luggage has to go through different airlines. So the best option is a tag number and baggage description. I was a victim to this and it wasn’t funny. I learnt the hard way. This will do the trick.
- Take pictures of your travel documents: Veryyyy important. Your visa, your passports, your flight itinerary and boarding pass should have an electronic copy on your phone. Just in case you lose the hard copies.
- Take an adaptor with you whenever you are travelling: Especially out of your country. Countries have different electrical socket patterns. So an adaptor comes in handy to charge your phone even at the airport. If you find yourself without one in a hotel room, check the back of the TV for a USB slot which can be used to charge your phone.
- Always write down emergency numbers or relevant phone numbers and information in your wallet: Stating emergency contacts, blood group, allergies etc. This shouldn’t be just for travel purposes alone. It should be in your wallet. Some ID cards have these information but if yours doesn’t, write it down and keep in your wallet. For travel purposes, write out phone numbers and information you just might need, should your battery run out.
- Waterproof your small documents: If you don’t have a good waterproof document casing. Buy a large Ziploc bag and put your small documents in there like cheques, passports etc. Just to avoid being ruined by liquids or spills of any sort and also keep them crease-free.
- Roll and fit in your clothes in your luggage, vertically: This way you see everything you have in your luggage and also save space. If you are checking in this luggage and you need to buy some clothes to compliment what you have, take an overview picture of your clothes, that way you won’t buy amiss.
- If you are carrying a fitted bedsheet or you just want to learn how to fold those annoying fitted bedsheets that have elastic bands at the edges. Arrrghhh! They are just so horrible to fold. They become bulky and take lots of space when folded the regular way. To avoid that, here’s a better way to do it.
- Carry a measuring tape: This is not peculiar to travelling but just everyday life, especially women. I dont know how I got this habit but it’s saved me a whole lot. Sometimes you don’t plan shopping for an item and it happens. To save you the stress of trying clothes on or buying wrong sizes for yourself or for a person who isn’t there with you, a measuring tape comes in handy to find out if what you are about to buy will fit. This has been a saver for me.
- Shoe trick or treat: To avoid your shoes being squeezed in your luggage and put out of shape. Stuff them with your underwears. That way you save space and keep the shoe safe from being deformed.
- Get smart aboard: If you are traveling with a partner, when booking for seats, choose the window and aisle seats and leave the middle seat. Any passenger who books afterwards usually would not want to sit in between two people. That creates a high chance of having three seats to yourselves and all the privacy you need. This has worked for me, especially traveling with my first child and hubby. Well, if it doesn’t work and the flight is full, Just ask that you sit close to your partner.
- Smile always: No matter how tough life is or how hectic your travel is. It makes life easier for you and everyone around you.
So here are the 10 Life Hacks for travel and life generally. I can’t wait to share hacks on other aspects in life. It might seem this travel hacks are specific to air travel. No dear! It’s for land, air, sea even under the sea just in case you are Karishika!
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