10 Hacks You Need For Your Next Trip

Download Google Maps for use offline by typing in “OK Map”

One of my favorite new travel hacks — this is SUCH a lifesaver. If you have sufficient space on your phone, you can easily download Google Maps to browse offline on mobile, even when you don’t have an Internet connection. All you need to do is go on the map to the area you want to save, then type “ok map” into the search and press Download.

Save money on every travel booking

Ebates is a free cashback site that allows you to earn money back from most of your online purchases (almost like a partial instant refund).

Here’s how it works: Ebates is partnered with a bunch of popular online retailers (travel ones like Expedia, Agoda, etc. included!). When you click through to these retailer sites via Ebates and buy something, Ebates earns some affiliate commission, a portion of which they share with you as a cashback (deposited straight into your Paypal). In other words, you’re getting money back for shopping, which translates into instant discounts for your travel bookings.

Wear compression socks to make your flights more bearable

Compression socks = less swelling and better circulation

Bring a pillowcase

Never a pillow “just a case” if you’re looking to save space. Bring a pillowcase instead, so if you’re ever in an emergency situation where you need a comfy pillow, just stuff some soft clothes in that case and go to town. Likewise, you can use the pillowcase to compress clothes like a puffy jacket in order to save space in your luggage.

Mark your stuff as fragile

One of the sneakiest travel life hacks I’ve come across, but you’ll get your luggage first and the airline workers will be extra careful with your goods. Worth it!

Pack a dryer sheet

Your clothes will smell nice for those long haul trips! Keep an extra handy for your “dirty laundry” bag so that your whole suitcase doesn’t start smelling like dirty clothes. Ick. Alternatively, just throw a bar of soap in (mini-hotel ones work great).

Pack an empty water bottle to the airport

That way you can fill up after you pass security. No more $4 bottles of water! Woo! Alternatively, some experts swear by freezing their water so it’s not technically a liquid. I guess that could work, but then you’re kind of awkwardly just waiting for your water to melt? Just bring an empty bottle, folks.

The foldable ones are awesome for this, plus they’re better for the environment too

Skip The Dry Cleaning Bill

InstaSteam provides a unique, simple and cost-effective way to remove wrinkles in clothing while traveling. With InstaSteam’s patent pending and eco-friendly electricity-free portable steam system, your problems are solved. InstaSteam is a game-changer for business travelers and those in search of an easy wrinkle removing solution, while on the go. All you have to do is hang your wrinkled item in your InstaSteam Garment Holder, put the InstaSteam Pod in the bottom pocket, zip it up, and done! Within minutes your clothes are wrinkle free without you having to do any work or take any risk of ruining your clothes with an iron. With InstaSteam, you can now look fresh and be confident on the go.

You can now find InstaSteam on www.instasteampod.comAmazon, eBay and soon to be in multiple retailers, cruise ships and hotels. You can contact The InstaSteam Team on their website, instasteampod.com, or email: info@instasteampod.com

Reserve the aisle and window seats

If you’re traveling with a friend or partner, no need to fight to the death re who must take the dreaded middle seat. Just reserve both the aisle and window in hopes that nobody wants the middle seat… if they do though, just ask to switch! Super simple travel hack that works well

Find WiFi passwords on FourSquare

FourSquare is a website/app where people share tips, ratings, and reviews on places to go near you (e.g. restaurants, cafes, bars, etc.) The handiest part of this website is the “Tips” section where people can leave helpful recommendations for others, and it’s often here that you’ll find the WiFi password for places. So, if you need WiFi in a pinch, you can easily hop on Foursquare and sleuth around for WiFi passwords.

Or download an app that shows you all the WiFi passwords

WiFi Map is an app that shows you the passwords to different WiFi networks (over 100 million of them, as they say). The handy part is they’re organized on a map so you can easily scope out the ones closest to you. Note: some dissatisfied users say that passwords are outdated, but it’s a handy tool to have just in case.

Bring some baby powder for a quick freshen-up

Weird, I know, but baby powder is amazing for freshening up. Especially in the summer, if you’re wearing flats or sandals, your feet (and footwear) will inevitably start smelling. Throwing some baby powder on them is a quick way to deodorize and make you feel human again.

Make use of local grocery stores/supermarkets

No, you don’t need to cook your own meals necessarily, but all the time I see budget travelers sprinting for vending machines/little kiosks when there are supermarkets literally within eyesight selling the exact same stuff for a fraction of the price. Supermarkets are great for stocking up on snacks, water, drinks, etc. Take advantage of them!

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