Last Updated on November 30, 2018
Not many days left for Christmas and people from all over the world are impatiently waiting for this special holiday in order to travel to different parts of the world to celebrate this special occasion with their family, friends, and loved ones!
While this is true for most people, others might choose to do something different and travel to destinations they have never been to before! So, whether you are among the first or second group, you are still a traveler and there are many things you need to get done before the countdown is over!
For instance, you need to plan your vacation, compare airlines, book your flight ticket, make a hotel reservation, pack your bag, and much more, which is really stressful! However, there are many other brilliant travel hacks that you might need to consider before your Next trip to make it smoother and fun!
Memorize One Credit Card Number
It is always smart to memorize one credit card number! In fact, this hack is not only useful while traveling but also when making purchases online or paying bills by phone! Trust me, this will surely make your life easier and save you much time.
For instance, memorizing one credit card number has greatly helped me in making an emergency hotel reservation while I was busy driving( Of course, I was using my earphones to avoid putting my life and that of others in danger !).
And guess what? That’s not everything as this clever hack saved me a great time when I was trying to pay my bills and invoices while on work and also helped me make an alternate airline reservation while standing at the gate of a canceled flight, which is amazing, don’t you think?
Don’t Forget To Send A Photo Of Passport To Yourself Via Email
When traveling, you should always remember to keep a photo of your passport in case something were to happen! Some travelers would take a snap of their passport and keep it on their phones, which is wrong and useless!
In fact, your smartphone is one of the items that are more likely to get lost or stolen. So, your smartphone is definitely not the safest place to keep a photo of your passport and that’s because it might get stolen and be useful to a bad guy.
Therefore, you should send yourself a photo of your passport via an email address that you can have access to from any computer and anywhere you are, say, a police station, hotel, embassy office, etc!
Another smart option would be uploading your passport photo to Dropbox, which is considered as a password-protected service.
Use Google’s Ok Maps Offline Mapping Option
You are probably aware that there are many options for offline maps but a simple one would be ‘’Ok maps’’. To use the latter, you just need to google it in the search bar of the Google Maps app and download the map in your smartphone.
However, keep in mind that the functionality of the app is a bit complicated and confusing. Therefore, you’d better use Google Maps as you always do and then all the information about places such as restaurants, streets, and attractions will be automatically saved for the area you have originally mapped!
Fill Any Space In Your Luggage With Stuff
When packing your luggage, you need to be smart and know well how to take advantage of any empty space you have. For instance, you can put sunglass cases, toiletry bags, and shoot camera inside running shoes.
Also, you can keep your valuables safe by putting them inside the pockets of well-folded pants. Be smart and creative! This way not only you save extra space but also keep your valuables in a good condition!
Wear A Travel Jacket With Lots Of Zip-Shut Pockets
When it comes to traveling on a plane, it is always important to stay comfortable and opt for light, comfortable, and breathable fabrics. In this case, there is nothing better than wearing a light jacket with several zip-shut pockets.
The good thing about these jackets is that they allow you to hide your valuables in the several zippable pockets it contains. This way, once you pass the security checking point and get onboard, you know well where to find your important items.
This multi-purpose jacket will serve both as cover and a security tool. Cool!
Wear A Plastic Belt
This is one of the travel hacks that you’d highly appreciate, especially when you have to walk through the TSA checking point at the airport!
This way, you will only have to deal with the embarrassment of taking off your shoes and walking around in your socks and no one will ask you to take off your plastic belt. If you are interested and thinking about getting one before your next trip, then, don’t hesitate to check out Amazon!
Charge Phones And All Other Devices Via Your TV’s USB Slot
Trying to keep your phone and other devices charged while traveling is with no doubting one of the greatest hassles of modern travel. Especially, that sometimes this seems quite hard or even impossible for different reasons.
Therefore, it would be smart if you avoid this issue by using this smart travel hack! Luckily, most modern TVs have an unused powered USB slot where you can actually plug your phone or any other device and let it charge!
Know Where The Hotel Stairs Are!
In case your room is not located many floors up, it is always a good idea to take the stairs. They are most of the times a better option! They are faster, empty, and above all much easier than waiting hours for a slow elevator. So, next time you are in a hurry, don’t hesitate to take the stairs!
Park At The Same Area At The Hotel
It is both confusing and time consuming to spend your valuable time trying to figure out which car is yours, especially if you are in a big lot and have a rental car that is so much like all the cars in the lot.
Therefore, it would be smart and wise if you always park your car in the same section so that you can easily find your car. For instance, trying to park your rental car at the back right corner of a parking lot is a good idea!
Find The Nearest Police Station And Phone Number
When a true emergency occurs, you should immediately call 911 but when you need to call the police station for other reasons, then, you’d better call the local police and to do so, you need to look for the nearest police station to your location in Google.
This way, you get a map showing you direction and phone numbers too of the local police station! However, should you keep in mind that different destinations have a different emergency number? So, make sure you look up for the emergency number in your travel destination!