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10 Genius Travel Hacks

13 Jul 2015
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UNI IS FINALLY OVER! WHETHER YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY TO GRADUATING THIS AUTUMN OR YOU’RE SET TO RETURN FOR ANOTHER TERM, YOU’VE GOT A GOOD FEW MONTHS AHEAD OF YOU TO GO AND SEE AS MUCH OF THE WORLD AS YOU CAN!

You might be off backpacking around Europe or Thailand, or to lounge away on a white sandy beach somewhere. Regardless, we’ve compiled a handy list of travel hacks to make your trip run as smoothly as possible.

1. HOME STAYS

Everyone loves a swanky hotel, but when you’re travelling on a student budget you’re less likely able to afford to stay in one.

If your funds are low and you’re not too keen on Hostels, consider a home stay instead!

They’re cheaper than hotels, are often much nicer and for added bonus they give you a taste of what it’s like to live in the city that you’re visiting.

Airbnb has made home stays more popular than ever.

 

2. MAKE AN INVENTORY

Make a list of everything as you pack them in your suitcase, including their location.

This allows you to find things easily and helps to account for missing items should anything get lost or stolen.

 

3. STORE CHARGERS IN AN OLD GLASSES CASE

Packing chargers can be a nightmare.

No matter how neatly you tie them, they always manage to unravel and wrap themselves around your jewellery (we cover this in the next point).

Popping them into an old glasses case helps to avoid tangling and saves you from digging around your bag when your phone needs charging!

 

4. USE A PILL CONTAINER TO STORE JEWELLERY

Even more difficult to pack than chargers, jewellery can cause serious headaches when it comes to packing.

This will help keep your earrings safe and your necklaces tangle-free.

 

5. MAKE A SOUVENIR LIST BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

You don’t want to waste a huge chunk of your trip sniffing around souvenir shops.

Save yourself the stress of not knowing what to buy for your family and friends by making a list before you go.

Either ask them what they would like or compile your own list.

Get in and get out!

 

6. KEEP UNDERWEAR IN YOUR CARRY ON

Just incase your luggage gets lost on the way to your destination.

 

7. BOOK FLIGHTS 54 DAYS PRIOR TO FLIGHT

In 2013, CheapAir.com compiled a study that revealed that the prime booking window for a domestic airline ticket is 54 days (on average 7 1/2 weeks) in advance.

 

8. MAKE A CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO PACK

This helps to make sure that you don’t get to the airport and realise that you don’t have your passport.

Better still, duplicate the checklist onto a spreadsheet with a list of the key things that you need for any trip (passport, travel money, etc.)

Keep this on a synchronization service like Google Drive so that you can access it on any device from anywhere at any time.

 

9. ROLL, DON’T FOLD

Rolling compresses your clothing and also makes it easier to stack items ontop of eachother, thus creating more space.

 

10. TAKE A PICTURE OF ALL OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

Incase the worst happens and your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad.

For best practice, make a cloud based copy using a file storage service like Dropbox or (for Apple users) iCloud so that you have a backup should you lose your phone too.