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33 Travel Hacks That Every Traveler Needs To Know

March 13, 2015

Whether you’re traveling to a big and colorful city or taking a breathtaking outdoor adventure, these incredible travel hacks will surely make things a bit easier on your trip. Of course, these travel hacks can help you save a fortune for your next escapade as well.

1. A cool trick to estimate the remaining daylight left

Planning on taking an adventurous escapade in the outdoors? With this simple yet amazing trick, you will be able to know when is the right time to stop, and look for shelter, when hiking or backpacking in the outdoors.

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    Count the finger widths between the sun and the horizon. Each finger is equivalent to fifteen minutes, with each hand totaling an hour. When the sun dips low enough that only two hands fit, it’s time to search for a suitable campsite and assemble a shelter.

2. Space-saving pillows

You don’t need to bring a good pair of pillows, whenever you’re camping or trekking. While pillows can have a tremendous effect on the quality of your sleep, they can consume a great deal of space in your travel bag.

Thankfully, we have come up with a couple of solutions, to make your sleep a bit better in the outdoors, even without using a pillow. When backpacking in the outdoors, you can use your bag and the clothes you’ve packed, as your pillows.  Likewise, you can use a Ziploc to create an inflatable pillow.

3. Bring a hoodie

Bringing a hoodie can be very beneficial for you, even if you’re traveling to a warm destination with like Dubai since it can also be folded and used as a pillow.

4. Disposable utensils

Pack up a few plastic soda bottles, and turn them into useful disposable utensils.

5. Packing bags like a pro

When people plan an outdoor trip, the first thing that usually comes to mind is to secure a big backpack. But the truth is, there is no need for you to buy an enormous backpack, to experience a memorable and safe outdoor escapade. You just have to learn how to pack your stuff efficiently and properly like this dude.

6. Proper big bag dispersal

If, however, you insist on using a big travel bag, make sure to know how yourtravel gear must be dispersed.

7. A DIY portable stove

Turn any can of soda into a functional portable stove, with this cool travel hack.

Trust me, it works like a charm.

8. Crayons as candles

A box of crayons can be more than just a coloring instrument to fuel your kid’s creativity and artistry. As a camper and travel junkie, you can also use crayons as emergency candles during your outdoor retreats.

Each crayon burns 30 minutes or more.

9. Waxed cotton pads

Cotton pads that are dipped moderately in wax make great fire starters.

10. Chips are great tinder

A bag of Doritos will not only make a tasty snack for your trip, but it can also be used as tinder for your camp fire.

11. Tent lantern

Speaking of light, here’s how you can transform an ordinary water gallon jug into an ambient tent lantern.

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    When camping, strap a head lamp to a gallon of water to fill the entire tent with ambient light.

12. Toothpaste dots

Just squirt out a bit of toothpaste onto a piece of foil, and allow them to harden.  Afterwards, collect these cute dots, and put them in a bag that contains a small amount of baking soda. Whenever you are ready to brush your teeth, you’ll just have to pop a toothpaste dot into your mouth, and chew it gently.

13. Invest in a Lifestraw

Investing in a Lifestraw is, without a doubt, one of the most essential travel hacks every backpacker and outdoor traveler must know. For 20 USD only, it can filter enough water for one traveler for the whole year. As a matter of fact, it has given clean drinking water to literally thousands of people who are living in Keya.

14. Straw packets

Straw packets are awesome travel hacks that can be used as holders for lotion, toothpaste, ointment and spices.

15. Tic-tac holders

Planning on taking a long escapade in the great outdoors? Then, use empty boxes of tic-tac as holders for your spices.

16. Don’t bring the entire roll

To save more space, wrap a utensil, lighter or bottle with five to six inches of duct tape.

17. Waterproofing via Bees wax

Bees wax, one of the most underrated travel hacks, can be used to waterproof your stuff.

18. Free iPhone speaker, one of the coolest travel hacks ever

Did you know that you can recycle your toilet paper roll, and use it as a cool iPhone speaker?

19. Battery charger

By the way, don’t forget to bring a portable battery charger for your tablet, iPhone or smartphone.

Must-know travel hacks for urban travelers

20. The art of packing a suitcase

Discover how you can your suitcase efficiently with this video.

21. Contact lens boxes as makeup storage

Can’t survive a day without touch-ups? Here’s how you can maintain your aesthetic appeal, without bringing a whole makeup kit.

22. A secret money compartment

Theft happens very often in bigger cities and celebrated tourist destinations. That’s why it is downright essential for you to secure a few bucks in your lip balm, when traveling to a city.

23. Store your chargers in sunglass cases

Make sure to bring a sunglass case, and use it to store your charger.  Not only will it reduce the clutter in your bag, but it also adds an extra layer of protection to your charger.

24. Re-fill your travel-sized toothpaste

You don’t have to buy a new travel-sized tube of toothpaste every time you travel to a city. Buying it once is enough, as far as I’m concerned. Just refill your travel-sized toothpaste tube with your ordinary toothpaste at home.

Why should you refill you travel toothpaste tubes? Although these tubes are not extremely expensive, they can definitely add up to your expenses, especially when you are traveling with a bunch of kids.

25. Old medicine bottles

Old medicine bottles are incredible travel hacks that can be a great boon for savvy travelers. From cotton buds to pills, old medicine bottles can be used to store a wide array of small items.

26. Dryer sheets

Don’t like your luggage’s smell? Looking for travel hacks to make your stuff smell better? Then, put dryer sheets at your luggage’s bottom, before you pack your clothes, so you can get a fresh laundered smell.

27. Opt for a queen-size bed

Opting for a queen-size bed can do wonders for you, especially when you are traveling with your kids or a group of friends. As a matter of fact, it can even help you save a few dollars from your hotel accommodations.

With a queen-size bed, you can avoid having an extra rollway as well as conserve space, by having your travel buddies or children lie horizontally across the bed. This will convert an ordinary queen-size bed into a pair of cushy twin-beds.

28. Masking tape to prevent spills

Use making tape to prevent conditioners, shampoos and other kinds of liquids from spilling.

General travel hacks

29. Good airline deals are on Sundays

recent study suggests that an airline ticket booked on a Sunday is over 70 USD cheaper than Monday.

30. Clear your cookies and cache

Travel websites and airlines, for the most part, track how many times a user visits their website, and would change their rates accordingly. So, before your start searching flights online, clear your cache, cookies and history. That way, the online travel agency will think it is your first time visiting their site.

31. Get a flu shot

No matter where you’re heading, it’s always a good idea to get a flu shot before travelling.

32. Wear a good pair of compression socks

Wearing a pair of compression socks can help circulate your blood, as well as avoid clotting in your thighs and ankles during long-haul flights.

33. Exercising prevents jet lag

A day prior to your actual flight, run a mile or do any intense exercise to prevent jetlag.

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Aldrich Infantado
Aldrich Infantado is a travel junkie and a writing aficionado who loves to share amazing travel tips to his fellow travelers.
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