Packing a surge protector is literally so smart.
“I like to pack my suitcase upright instead of laying it flat. I stack my clothes so the edges are all visible and you don’t have to mess around to find the item you’re looking for. I swear that I can go so much more that way too.”
“It’s not my own tip, but the one my mother taught me: if you’re traveling with someone else for a long time, pack everything 50/50 between each other’s suitcases. If the airline loses one of your bags, you still have enough stuff for This came in handy when our airline lost my boyfriend’s luggage for our two week trip to Europe!”
“A lot of people feel like crap after getting off a plane. I drink Pedialyte before a flight, always, and hydrate like crazy, even with night cream on a daytime flight. Flying can dehydrate you, so do some of it.” take care of yourself before and rub yourself with lotion and moisturizer. If you don’t like Pedialyte, grab a sports drink at the airport. After 3-7 hours of rest, I’m not fully rested, but I’m not dragging my ass either. Hydrate as much as you can before and avoid caffeine on long flights.
“I always pack at least one trash bag in case I need it for wet laundry OR to pack something liquid (in case it breaks/cracks)”
“Always take a bag of miniature chocolates to give to the flight attendants when boarding. They appreciate it and sometimes you get benefits.”
“Put cling film over the tops of bottles and tubes before screwing on the cap. You’ll never have a spill and you’ll have peace of mind that nothing is going to cover your bag of goo.”
“I always choose ginger ale as it’s a natural remedy for nausea. Normally I don’t get motion sickness, but just in case the flight gets turbulent.”
“I bring a mini witch hazel spray in my personal item to spray some on my face when I feel like my face is oily or if I can’t wash it off for a while. It really helps .”
“I always pack a surge protector strip with USB slots, only one adapter needed if needed.”
“If you’re a person like me, who puts on a little makeup in the bathroom before your boyfriend/girlfriend/relative picks you up, warm up makeup like eyeliner or mascara under the boobs during the baggage check/overhead waiting so it’s easier to apply quickly.”
“I bring a backpack as carry-on and use it as a travel pillow by sitting it on the tray table and hugging it to my chest. Managed several hours of sleep in economy class on a transatlantic flight red-eyed this way.Works great if you are a stomach or side sleeper and usually hug a pillow.
“Squeeze all the air out of a disposable plastic water bottle and put it in your hand luggage. It shouldn’t be confiscated because it’s empty. You can refill it with water after security checks and not having to spend water inside the airport.”
“We always attached a very distinct ribbon to the handle of the bag next to the bag tag. First, it’s easier to spot your bags as they exit the plane. Second, you can see if anyone try to take your luggage. My mum caught someone stealing our bags once and when confronted he tried to say, “Madam, you are crazy. It’s mine.” His response was, “Oh, so you tied a ribbon of ducks around your luggage too?” He ended up dropping our things and running away.”
“I always bring an extra blanket on the flight and I practically wear pajamas. I have to stay warm, these flights are COLD.”
“I use an old cardboard box (an old Barkbox actually) to pack my baseball caps and then put them in my suitcase. You can stack 4-5 hats in something the size of a shoebox .Easy and free to pack, and no crushed hats when you get there.”
“Little ginger gummies help relieve all kinds of stomach issues, from nausea to heartburn!”
“On long international flights, I make sure I have a full change of clothes ready in my hand luggage. A) I’ve lost luggage before. It’s good to have a little head start and not having to immediately go to the store while waiting for the airport to sort things out.And B) After a long flight, don’t underestimate how good it is to put on a new pair of clothes and underwear. Especially if you go from one climate to another.”
Finally, “If you’re going somewhere to see natural wonders or historical features, buy used travel books. They’re cheaper, they’re more eco-friendly, and what you care about won’t have changed. You won’t know the hottest restaurants, but if you’re hiking in a national park, you probably wouldn’t have gone there anyway (on this trip) You can take the book with you and drop it in a second-hand bookstore or in a recycling bin at the end of your trip, making a little more room in your suitcase for souvenirs.
Got your own shiny hack? Or do you always pack something so incredibly handy that you don’t know why it’s not sold everywhere in overpriced airport gift shops? Tell us in the comments below!