As a traveller, I’m always jetting off to places at the last minute which can mean I’m not always left with a lot of time to prepare for the inevitable problems that we all come across when travelling. There is, however, some amazing and essential travel hacks you can do at the last minute to help make your journey and travel experience so much better!
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Last Minute Purchases that can make your Travel Life Easier!
Travel Essential 1: A battery pack
A battery pack can literally save your life sometimes. It’s a perfect way to ensure you always have access to your phone, tech and can even be a great way to make friends on the go. Trust me there hasn’t been one day when people haven’t asked me if they can use my charger. Make sure to go all out and get the big 20,000 mAH+ ones, the bigger the number the longer it will charge your tech!
Travel Essential 2: Packing cubes
Packing cubes are a great way to really utilise all the space in your suitcase or backpack and stay organised at the same time. They’re a great way to keep clean and dirty clothes separated and are perfect for when you are rushing between destinations. As you tend to only open one cube at a time you’re less likely to have your clothes all over the place! (Unless you’re beyond help) …
Here’s a Handy Tip: Roll all your clothes tightly and you’ll fit more in, plus sometimes they end up less creased than when folded!
Travel Essential 3: Shower/Cosmetics Bag
As a past user of plastic carrier bags for my shower bag, I can’t begin to tell you how much investing in a good Shower/Cosmetics Bag has helped me throughout my travels. No longer do I have to shift through piles of product I don’t need, or sifting through my entire bag to find my toothbrush that I was 100% sure I packed. Everything I now need is in useful compartments and it stores away perfectly amongst my packing cubes.
Travel Essential 4: Saftey Wallets
Sometimes were not always travelling to the safest of destinations and we should be taking precautions to keep our personal items safe. An Item I found that came in great use was a simple Wallet with a Chain, this was something I could easily attach to a belt loop and pop in my pocket. That way when I was on the go I had an extra level of security, it may not have stopped any theft but it would have made me aware a lot earlier.
Travel Essential 5: Hard Drives
I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen the ‘Storage full’ pop up across my devices and even more so when I’m travelling. The last thing you want to be worrying about when you’re visiting amazing places is whether or not you should be taking a picture of something because you only have 200mb left! There is one simple solution bring along a Hard drive! Not only can you back up all your amazing memories, you can also bring along with you all your favourite movies and music!
Travel Essential 6: Earplugs and eye masks
Now Earplugs and eye masks aren’t always needed but in the situations where you do need them, you will love the fact that you brought them along, i.e. A screaming baby on a plane with windows wide open and your body clock is saying it’s 02:00 a.m. They’re lightweight and can be stored pretty much anywhere… so why not?
Travel Essential 7: Headphones/Earphones
For me, Headphones are a dire need. There have been many times where I’ve turned up to the airport and realised the headphones I brought along barely work and end up spending an extraordinaire amount buying replacements from anywhere that sells them along the way, costing me a bomb and they all end up breaking within a few days anyway. So now I always buy two pairs before any journey just in case!
Travel Essential 8: Partition Bag
Turn any bag into a camera bag! This lightweight velvet lined sleeve has made it so much easier for me to transport my camera, it’s got adjustable compartments to fit any size camera. I’ve been able to fit in a Camera an attached lens, a spare lens, a vlogging cam and spare batteries and chargers all into this little bag! The padding is thick enough to keep it all protected and it fits perfectly at the bottom of all my backpacks.
Travel Essential 9: Tech Secure Backpack
Sometimes I travel with lots of tech and find its a huge hassle getting through security because of the number of items I have to dig out of my bag. Depending on where you tend to travel yes it can be beneficial to sign up for TSA Pre. For me as I tend to travel to multiple worldwide destinations this isn’t really a useful suggestion. One item I haven’t had the opportunity yet to try but cannot wait to purchase is a specialist backpack. Not only can you access items like Laptops through easy compartments, but it’s also theft-proof!
Travel Essential 10: World Adaptor
Adaptors are one of the easiest items to forget! Every trip I’ve ever gone on this is the item that’s come to mind last. The great thing about getting these last minute is you don’t even have to think. Half of the time I never even know what plug sockets the country I’m going to is using. So grabbing one of these World adaptor plugs has saved me a lot of worries, any plug goes in and any plug goes out.
Travel Essential 11: Luggage Scale
Don’t Risk it! Weigh your bags! The number of people I have seen at airports having to reorganise their baggage is immense, don’t be that person. Having a luggage scale with you can be so handy it will give you piece of mind and can help you pass through baggage check so much quicker (it doesn’t even take up that much room).
Travel Essential 12: The Perfect Carry On/Backpack
For many travellers, budget airlines and their carry-on policies are familiar friends. I’ve definitely had that panic many times wondering whether my bag will fit in their ‘tiny’ compartments. Lucky for all of us some companies have had the initiative to create perfectly sized backpacks and suitcases (for those who are inclined either way). Ultralight with various compartments working perfectly with packing cubes these are a must have!
Travel Essential 13: Custom Luggage Straps
Ever had your bag just about close…Worrying about your bag popping open on the flight? Always picking up someone else’s suitcase on the carousel? Well no longer! Luggage straps have so many uses I can’t even list them all, definitely a key purchase for any traveller.
Travel Essential 14: A Fresh Water Filtering Bottle.
An item that might not have crossed your mind is filtering bottles, they can really come in handy for those of us travelling to less westernised locations. In many countries, you can’t drink tap water or you have only basic access to fresh water. In both cases, the water might be filled with bacteria and parasites our systems can’t handle.
These bottles are awesome because they allow you to drink water from anywhere (minus the ocean). You can scoop rain water right out of a puddle, drink it and it won’t harm you! I, on the other hand, used it when I had a bit too much to alcohol drink in Vietnam and needed water first thing in the morning… No problem though right from the tap into this bottle and I was good to go! (P.S. I know you might say just get bottled water but come on man think of the environment!)
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Tips and Tricks to make sure you have the best Trip!
Travel Hack 1
Searching in Incognito may show you a lower fare
Travel Hack 2
Some airlines offer Free stopovers (I.e. Icelandair) so when booking be aware of this and you could grab yourself a free 24-hour stopover and a two-for-one trip!
Travel Hack 3
Always check in online…were not in the 90s anymore!
This will guarantee you the seat you want and save you precious time at the airport.
Travel Hack 4
As rare as it is, it’s worthwhile when booking long distant flights to know your Airlines upgrade category, there are some seats that will never be eligible and you wouldn’t want to be in one of these the days they do decide to upgrade people.
Bonus Hack – PlusGrade can direct you to bid on upgrades for your flight. You can potentially grab yourself a bargain!
Travel Hack 5
Seat Guru will give you a great insight into your selected aircraft for your flight, and help you find the best seat. If you hate middle seats try to get on Boeing 767-300 flights, they have the least amount!
Travel Hack 6
When travelling having internet access is vital so when you can’t access any or you have to pay it, you feel like the world is ending.
So you better bookmark this page because it has nearly all the WIFI codes to airports around the world!
Travel Hack 7
If you know you’re going to be really hungry on your flight? Order a specialist meal, you’ll get it earlier than everyone else!
Travel Hack 8
Are you going to have a Long stop over? Download the Lounge buddy app you can buy cheap passes to some of the best airport lounges around the world and sometimes even get free entry!
Travel Hack 9
Sometimes when we land we can be in a rush to get somewhere I.e. another airport. You can stand there at arrivals and wait for ages for a taxi, or you can go to the departures zone and order/grab your taxi from there. There are much fewer people at departures looking to leave the airport.
Bonus Hack – If you’re travelling alone Uber pools are a great way to save money.
Travel Hack 10
Stuck on how to get your destination?
Rome2Rio gives you a breakdown of the best transport options available to you. This app worked wonders for me when I was island hopping around South East Asia.
Travel Hack 11
Know you’re not going to have internet access when you’re out and about?
Download maps.me and take your maps offline, you can download select destinations at a time and still use the navigation feature offline!
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