Traveling during the holidays can be stressful. With these tips, you can make this holiday season a little more enjoyable. From helpful travel apps to packing tricks, these travel hacks are absolutely invaluable.
Whether you’re traveling to a different climate or simply sitting in an airplane, it’s important to be prepared for all kinds of temperatures. You can stay comfortable by wearing layers, so it’s easy to add or remove clothing depending on your needs. With a jacket in one hand and leggings in the other, you’ll be ready for any weather.
The last thing you want to do during the holidays is lug countless items you’ll barely use through an airport or in your car. It’s easy to think that everything is a necessity, but letting go of extraneous items is a must for trips. If you plan on traveling by plane, avoiding checked luggage is a great way to speed up wait times and reduce anxiety. One carry-on item and one personal item are all you need to have a great holiday.
Roll Your Clothes
To maximize space in your suitcase, try this neat trick. Roll your clothes in tight, neat cylinders instead of folding them for a more spacious and organized suitcase. They’ll remain wrinkle-free yet leave plenty of room to pack as much as you please.
Accessorize with Tech
If you’re traveling by car, USB charging ports will be your best friend. Keeping your smartphones and tablets charged will not only help you navigate but also you’ll be able to stay entertained at any hour of the day. Other valuable tech for travel includes Google Glass paired with Word Lens to translate text by sight, as well as Bluesmart One, a smart suitcase with GPS, a built-in scale, and a charging port for your phone.
There are tons of travel apps to make your trip a little easier. Airline-specific mobile apps are the most common and typically let your use your smartphone to check in. However, you don’t have to stick to just one travel app during the holidays. From Google Flights to Skyscanner, you can hunt for the best deals and set up price-alerts so you buy when costs are low. If you’re traveling internationally for the holidays, Google Translate will automatically translate foreign languages using the in-app camera. Apps like Quik and Retrica will even let you record quality video and edit pictures so you can enjoy the holidays long after they’re over.