Holiday Travel Tricks

Traveling for the Holidays? Whether it be domestic or international, make sure to take a look at this list of travel tricks before you head on the road (or runway). You'll be so glad you did! From packing to car travel- if you are anything like me, you need all the help you can get.


Packing

· Sick of shampoo exploding in your toiletries bag? Take the tops off of your bottles, wrap a cut square of saran wrap over the top, then place the cap back on securely.

· Prevent finger scrapes from your razor by clipping a large binder clip over the razor blade.

· Place a dryer sheet inside your suitcase to keep clothes smelling nice and fresh.

· Thread your necklaces through straws to prevent tangling.

· Store cords and cables in a glasses case. They are compact and secure and there are always extras lying around.

· Determine which clothes to roll instead of folding. This is a real space saver. (ADD ABOUT WHICH TO ROLL)

· Pack empty tote bags for dirty laundry or souvenirs.

· Wrap a shower cap around your shoes to keep everything else clean. If space is an issue, utilize the empty space inside your shoes for rolled up socks and other small items.

· Place children's clothes in separate outfit bags. This way if there is a mess or accident, it will be easier to find what you want instead of fumbling through clothes.

· Place your heaviest items at the bottom of your suicase. You don't want your luggage to be top heavy and tip over.

· Wear your heaviest and bulkiest clothes on the day of your flight. This can be a really pound and money saver.

· No need to wonder which bag is yours at the terminal. Tie a colorful ribbon or old scarf around yours so it's easy to spot at the carousel.

· Store Earrings (and hair accessories) in pill containers.

· Store your bobby pins inside an old Tic Tac box to easily keep track of them.

Car Travel

· Create backseat pockets with a shoe organizer. In these pockets place anything the kids might need: toys, food, tissues, etc.

· Pack dryer sheets in your car to keep your car fresh, and to help rub off those dead bugs on your car.

· You can open a frozen car lock by placing a couple drops of hand sanitizer on your key.

· Catch cup-holder crumbs and spills with silicone cupcake holders.

· Organize all the oil and fluids you need for your trip in a shower caddy.

· Buy a plastic cereal container that lies flatter to the ground to use as a trashcan.

· Find the cheapest gas prices on your route with the app "Gas Buddy."

· Pack your clothes into bins with drawers instead of a suitcase.

· Keep spare change in an empty gum container or drink bottle.

· Place a muffin tray inside of a box or basket to create a mega drink holder.

· Hang an iPad & case off of your car's sun visor for a makeshift TV monitor (if it's not too heavy!).

· Have car instructions printed off and handy. For example, how to jump start a car, or, how to change a tire.

  • Invest in car chargers and adapters!

What travel tricks do you use?

Sources:
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  •   http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-pack-a-suitcase-2015-4
  •   http://mothersniche.com/insanely-genius-packing-tips/
  •   http://mashable.com/2014/08/02/road-trip-hacks/#zJGthTZNFuq0
  •   http://allday.com/post/1174-essential-lifehacks-for-long-road-trips/
  •   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/road-trip-hacks-summer_55a54c5ce4b0ecec71bd22e0

    Bethany Bird
    Monthly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
    Email the author! bethany@dvo.com


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