Exploring parts unknown, whether domestically or internationally, is a pastime
that hundreds of millions of individuals embark on each year. For families,
travel is even more precious because it allows parents to expose their children
to something that could be out of their norm. That said, with all the benefits
of travel come some stressors that can impede on the travel experience for just
about anyone, but you don’t have to let those ruin your vacation. Today, we will
take a look at 23 travel hacks that can make your vacation more productive, fun,
Travel Hacks Before You Leave
1. Instead of a hotel, look into reserving a home if traveling with a
family, or a single room if alone. Websites like AirBnB can provide homes and
private rooms from home owners who are renting them out, usually offering better
accommodations than hotels.
2. Roll your clothes when packing. Instead of creating a folded pile in
your suitcase, rolling allows you to fit more things in. Plus, you can even roll
underwear and socks within your clothes for optimal space-saving.
3. Scan your passport, identification card, and itinerary and email them to
yourself. This provides an extra copy of each in the event of loss or theft. As
an iPhone user, once I email the documents to myself, I usually open the email
on my iPhone and save them onto iBooks. This provides me with an offline record.
4. It’s important to remember to call your credit or debit card company
before you leave to ensure that you have your card authorized for your foreign
destination. This prevents them from suspecting suspicious activity.
5. Mark your baggage as fragile. This is a tip I learned a while ago from a
friend who found it to be a great way to ensure that your baggage is handled
correctly. Your luggage is kept at the top because of this, which will make it
one of the first bags to be released.