Research shows that over half of people between the ages of 18 and 35 are planning on taking a vacation during spring break this year. Are you among them?
If so, there are some things you can do to ensure you get the most out of your trip.
We gathered this list of travel hacks that will help you get to and from your destination with as little stress as possible and allow you to embrace every moment no matter where you go for spring break.
Best Packing Hacks
How well your trip goes starts well before you hop on a plane or check into your hotel. Instead, it begins while you're packing.
Here are a few quick packing tips that will make your whole trip go more smoothly.
Line Your Bag
To prevent your clothing and valuables from getting wet as you travel, your first step while packing should be to get a heavy-duty garbage bag and line your whole suitcase with it.
While you're at it, be sure to double-bag any liquids you're including in your luggage.
Roll Your Clothes
To make the most of the space you have, you'll want to roll your clothing instead of folding it. Try to get it all to the same length before you roll it and it'll fit even better.
Pack Day by Day
To avoid over- or under-packing clothing, a great travel hack is to plan your outfits in advance. Then, pack what you'll wear on your final day first and move backward from there.
This allows you to quickly take out only what you need for the day and you won't make such a mess of your hotel room while looking for clothing.
Add a Dryer Sheet
To keep your whole wardrobe from smelling like old socks, add a fresh dryer sheet or two to your bag. As soon as you smell something other than the dryer sheet, toss the old one and add a fresh one.
Travel Hacks for Flying
If you hate flying, you're not alone. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your flight more enjoyable.
Mark Your Luggage as "Fragile"
One reason people don't like flying is the damage that can happen to their luggage when airline employees get ahold of it. To solve that problem, mark your bag as "fragile" and it'll be handled with the care it deserves.
This will also ensure that your bag will be among the last loaded onto the plane and the first off, so you can get it fast and start enjoying your vacation sooner.
Get a Portable Phone Charger
Finding an available outlet in an airport can be a little like finding a needle in a haystack. And if your plane doesn't offer charging ports, you may find yourself with a dying phone by the time you arrive.
To solve both of these problems, get a portable phone charger and make sure you charge it before you leave so you can have all the power you need on hand.
Bring a Phone Stand
Another reason people don't like plane rides is there isn't always much in the form of entertainment.
Even if you have movies downloaded onto your phone or tablet, it's wrist-breaking to hold your device for that long.
Make sure you have a stand for your phone or tablet which you can place on the tray table for an easy no-hands viewing solution.
Life Hacks for Traveling
These travel hacks will work whether you fly, drive, or take a train to your destination. They'll also work if you stay with friends, in a hotel, or in a hostel!
Bring a Water Bottle
This hack is something you can do even when you're not traveling. Having a reusable water bottle with you at all times will help you stay hydrated and avoid buying plastic water bottles. This saves you money and the environment.
Have a Day Bag
Nobody wants to drag their entire suitcase everywhere with them, but you also don't want to keep going back to your hotel every time you need something.
That's where a day bag comes in.
Have a large purse or small backpack that you can take with you when you leave your room in the morning and have everything you need with you just for that day.
Screenshot and Photograph Everything
It can be hard to keep track of all of your paperwork, reservation numbers, and travel documents sometimes.
Since you already carry your phone everywhere you go, be sure to capture everything you need on your phone.
- Hotel reservations
- Flight information
- Addresses and phone numbers
- Your passport or other photo ID
Be sure to put it in a dedicated folder in your Photos app so you can get to it quickly if you need it.
Charge Your Phone with a TV
If you lose your wall adapter or can't easily access an outlet in your room, this hack is for you. Most newer TV's will have a USB port through which you can connect your phone to charge.
Although exercise may be the furthest thing from your mind while on vacation, staying active can help you have more fun. Exercise gets your blood flowing and boosts your mood.
Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking to your destination instead of taking a taxi. You'll be surprised at how much better you feel.
Get Enough Sleep
When you're well-rested, you can fully enjoy every moment that you're awake. Find out how much sleep you need every night and make sure you get it.
You may miss out on some activities, but you'll have way more fun during the ones you do get to participate in, so it more than makes up for it!
Are You Ready for Your Spring Break Vacation?
Now you have a huge list of travel hacks that you can use to have the best spring break vacation ever! As you can see, many of these are easy to do but have huge benefits.
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