Want to travel smarter? These are the very best travel hacks, helping you to travel better, cheaper and for longer. Never know whether to fold clothes or roll them when packing? Want to know how to keep your valuables safe when backpacking? And how to beat the liquid allowance for hand luggage? Travel like a pro with these genius travel hacks.
The best travel hacks
Free upgrades on flights
If you want a free upgrade on a flight dress nicely when flying. Airlines are way more likely to upgrade you to business class if you look the part. Plus your nice clothes won’t get all crinkled in your bag.
Do you copy?
Always keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place in your main backpack. Handy too if airlines lose your bag so they can easily track you down.
Top packing hacks
To roll or to fold?
The eternal life question. Backpackers always roll and tightly pack clothes prone to creasing to avoid any future bothersome ironing. After all, we’re travelling not turning up for a job interview! Pack socks inside shoes, compression packs and packing cubes all help to save essential space.
The perfect footwear
Always carry a pair of flip flops (thongs or jandals for you non-English speakers). Even if you don’t end up on a beach chances are you will need them for some dodgy hostel shower somewhere. Havaiana’s are my go-to as they last for years!
Do you really need that?
Pack your bag, then take half of it out. You never need as much stuff as you think and carrying a bulging backpack around is no fun! If you need a hand check out this ultimate carry on packing list, everything you need in just a hand luggage sized backpack.
Travel hack gifts
Check out these top gifts for travellers.
Fold up backpacks are the best thing ever invented. Need a beach bag, shopping bag, or just bought too many souvenirs to fit in your backpack? No problem! Plus it packs up so small you hardly notice you have one.
The quiet life
Noise proof headphones are a travel essential! Noisy flight? Rowdy hostel? No more problems if you can’t hear anything, you can even sleep in them!
Best travel hacks to save money
It’s good to split up money and cards so you never have all your money in one place in case you get robbed or lose your bag! Put some in your backpack, some in your hand luggage, some in your money belt, some in your socks…
Get a backpack with a lockable safe
My hand luggage size osprey bag has taken me around the world and I couldn’t be happier with it. But the main plus point is that it has lockable pockets. Just carry a small padlock and you have a room safe wherever you go!
Genius travel hacks
I came across these as my brother is a climber but they are such an invaluable travel tool. I’ve got one on my umbrella, my Lifestraw water bottle, my backpack for dirty boots. Clip anything anywhere and free up your hands for photos/ street food!
Zip Lock Bags
You can get these great re-usable zip lock bags now to avoid the single-use plastic sandwich bags. But they aren’t just great for cutting down on waste at home. I use them to store cables, take liquids through security, keep snacks in, tea bag storage (obviously) and even to keep my phone dry when on a boat trip or at the beach. They are SO handy!
Travel hacks for toiletries
Travel hack shampoo
Shampoo bars are amazing for travelling! Less space and weight in your bag, no issues with airport security and good for the environment! Lush do amazing natural bars that come in a little tin and last for months at a time! They are also some of the best eco friendly toiletries available in the UK.
Avoid public bathrooms
If there’s one thing that sucks about travelling its gross toilets. I have learned over the years that businesses keep their toilets way cleaner than public bathrooms (even the ones you pay for). Grab a coffee or a bottle of water and use a cafe toilet instead of the stanky public ones. It’s also a great way to tell if somewhere is good to eat at. If they can’t keep their toilets clean there is little hope for the kitchen right?
Cheap travel hacks
Pack a bar of scented soap or dryer sheets in your backpack. That way your clothes stay fresh and your bag smells great. Avoid keeping your shoes in the main compartment or use a waterproof bag to keep them separate.
Use a private tab to clear cookie data from your browser to save money when searching for flights. Use sites like Google Flights and Skyscanner to find the cheapest day and airport to fly from. Learn how to fly like a pro here.
If you want to know more ways to save money and time check out the top 10 travel hacks above. I hope you enjoy using these genius travel hacks to travel like a pro on your next trip!
How to travel better for less
Booking.com – I always book with this site if looking for cheap accommodation as the filters are so easy to use. Become a genius member after five bookings and get great discounts too!
Air BnB – Sometimes you can find great local places to stay on Air BnB. In some countries, like Cuba, it’s the only way to book!
Transferwise – A debit card you can use all over the world and get great exchange rates with no hidden fees. This bank has saved me £100’s in bank fees!
Monzo – A similar travel card to the above with additional features like joint accounts and bill splitting.
World Nomads – Travel insurance is one of the most important things you can have while travelling. Don’t leave home without it! World Nomads provide the very best cover.
Ethical Superstore – My go to site for cleaning products, eco clothing and even groceries. All ethically tagged and delivered free from plastic packaging. Plus eco friendly alternatives to your toiletries.
Omio – The place to go for all of your public transport needs in Europe. Save a bundle!
G Adventures – A sustainable, fun, responsible travel company. I’ve travelled with them many times and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of their amazing trips.
Contiki – The day job. Group travel for 18/35 year olds and memories to last a lifetime.
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