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9 Travel Hacks to Make your Life Easier

Paris Brooke
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Hide your cash in an empty lip balm container

 Stuck with extra cash you don’t want to carry on you during the day but are worried about leaving back at your hotel also? Pack an empty lip balm container and place your cash in there – voila! Problem solved.

roll your clothes

Roll your clothes to save more space than folding and reduce wrinkling

 Once you get in the habbit of rolling clothes you will soon discover you can save SO much space AND your clothes will be much less wrinkled!!

Brooke workout

Do an intense workout the day before you travel to avoid jet lag completely

Have difficulty adjusting to a new time zone? The best way to wear yourself out for your travel day is to complete an intense workout the day before you travel to ensure you use all your extra energy and pass out from tiredness on the plane! 

  shoes in a shower cap

Put your dirty shoes in a shower cap to avoid your clothes getting messy

 To avoid your clothes getting dirty from being mixed in with your shoes – put them inside a shower cap to keep everything clean!

Brooke Saward in Hallstatt

Wear a scarf when you travel to keep warm and double as a cocoon

 Those airlines seem to think we’re flying into a 90 degree dessert out there! I’ve never been on a plane where the temperature doesn’t resemble the Antarctic within the first few minutes of take off. Save yourself the worry and wear a big, thick, warm scarf!

Pack an empty water bottle

Pack an empty water bottle

 With all the ludicrous restrictions on liquids going through security, you’re bound to end up cringing over the price of a bottle of water in the airport. Save yourself the horror and pack an empty water bottle to fill up at one of the water fountains once you have passed security!


Put your phone on plane mode to charge faster and save battery during the day

Not only will ‘plane mode’ help save your battery, but it will also charge your phone much faster than when it is on regular mode. This is because it turns off all data and your phone doesn’t need much battery life to keep active.

  bobby pins in tic tac

Place your bobby pins in a Tic Tac container to avoid losing them

Any girl who has ever travelled will be familiar with the hassle of bobby pins and hair tyes growing legs and going for a walk! Pop them into an empty tic tac container to save the hassle.

  usb wall charger

Leave bulky wall chargers at home and use the USB port of your hotel TV instead

Instead of packing your whole charger, just take your phone cord. You can plug this into your hotel TV to charge your phone or even the side of your laptop if you’re travelling with it – charge two in one go!

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    Nancy C. Peters
    November 21, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Brilliant travel hacks! Such a clever ideas and i really love this blog. Thanks for sharing this!

    March 22, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Oh the bobby pins! Thats a great idea, I will give it a shot! I am always in trouble how to store them and keep losing them! Bobby pin marks everywhere I go XD

    • Brooke Saward
      March 22, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      Haha bobby pins everywhere, all the time, no matter what! I swear they have legs.

    February 11, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Love it! I always pack an empty water bottle plus I always pack a lunch box. This way you can prepare your food for day trips, and eat wherever you want. Especially recommended obviously for travels off-road.

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    August 26, 2014 at 3:07 am

    The empty water bottle is *key*! Especially since certain unmentioned airlines have stopped providing complimentary water on flights.

    August 22, 2014 at 6:53 am

    I swear by the rolling of clothes tip… but that is a lot of clothes you have there! Great tips…

    August 11, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Update: Chapstick brand lipbalm stick does not work. Money is too tall 😛 and it’s too small for more than one bill folded halfway and rolled.

    Yew Kwang
    August 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Great tips!
    I started to roll my clothes in my recent trip and realize that it really save a lot of space. It is good to pack them in a ziploc bag and remove the air completely too.
    I shall try to look for USB port on TV (provided the room has one). Even though I bring charger, pocket socket is always limited in the room!

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    August 9, 2014 at 7:23 am

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    Lesh @ NOMADasaurus
    August 9, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Great tips. We use to roll our clothes, but now we use compression bags or packing cells. They are awesome. We both have top loading backpacks and if something is down the bottom it is a nightmare to get. Since we have had the cells and compression bags it’s been so much easier and organised.

    James Patrick
    August 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Great Tips … 🙂

    August 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Good idea with the shoes in the shower cap! It is also a good idea to charge phones on the USB port of the TV.

    Lauren Morgan
    August 8, 2014 at 3:03 am

    absolutely love the lip balm idea! I hate leaving money in my hotel room but I also don’t like opening my purse to pay for something and having all my cash on display! -x

    August 5, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I always bring my empty water bottle with me on trips. The air on the plane makes your skin so dehydrated and the tiny cups from the drink cart are never enough. Thanks for all the other tips as well!

    Yuliya xx

    August 5, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Thank you for these advices, they are so helpful and innovative! x

    Akuya S.
    August 5, 2014 at 3:59 am

    These tips are sooo useful! Hope I’ll be able to put them to use one day. 🙂

    August 5, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Love love love the chapstick trick. I may just do that for every day!

    August 5, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Just another great post and even better blog. I kinda like reading it but your last tipp, seriously? Leaving my wall charger at home would have been a great pain to me. I mean maybe useful for someone who goes on holiday or always at fancy hotels but for the most long time travel, very doubtful imho. Its totally my point of view, probably your divers but on my travels I like to get in touch with other traveler and therefore I spent most the time in Hostels. Like most backpackers / long time travelers do. And honestly, I haven’t seen any flat screen with a USB port around. Plus, during the travel across Europe I’ve been most of the time at the train or bus. I mean its actually best way to travel in Europe. I’m sure you know why (…) anyhow, there are no USB plugs in the trains either. As you mentioned in one of your earlier post this summer, the iPhone is a great choice for taking photos – totally agree btw. So, even on airplane mode the battery won’t last more than a day. How should I charge my phone? I think the wall charger is on of the most important things. A universal one. But going just with the cord, I would end up frustrated.

    Clinton A Walker
    August 5, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Thank you for those valuable travel tips.

    August 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I just discovered your blog and I like it. I’m a little nomad myself, so I think I’ll come here more often 🙂
    Thanks for the travel tips!

    August 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks for the tip to roll clothes, as I need urgently space in my wardrobe 🙂
    xx from Germany, Rena

    August 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    For me it IS flying through a 90 degree desert. Except now it’s 115 degrees. I live in AZ 🙁

    August 4, 2014 at 6:31 am

    I tried rolling my clothes when I was traveling for the last time and it saved me soooo much space! And thank you for the last tip, that’s sounds really good as well 🙂

    August 4, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Fantastic and extremely useful tips! Thank you!
    Wow, I have never thought of the first one! It’s a smart idea :)x

    August 4, 2014 at 5:18 am

    This is a fantastic post! Love both the cash and bobby pins tips!

    August 4, 2014 at 1:32 am

    These are such great tips! Especially the Chapstick one!

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    August 4, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Awesome post! I ALWAYS lose bobby pins and hair ties, will definitely try the tic tac container idea!


    August 4, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Great tips! The last one is even more handy when you travel overseas and don’t have an adapter for their power outlets. My colleague ran into this issue on our recent business trip so I suggested looking to see if the TV in her hotel room had a USB and voila! One phone that was able to be charged the whole trip. 🙂