Travel Hacks for the Wordly Person

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We’ve all got a touch of wanderlust in us, but traveling can be tough, especially when you’re far from home. If you’ve got some travel plans coming up, check out these useful hacks to propel you to the master of your travels.

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Download Google Maps for offline viewing

This can be a real lifesaver if you’re in need of directions but don’t have any service. If you have enough space on your phone, you can download the entirety of Google Maps by typing “ok map” into the search bar and pressing download.

Bring a pillowcase

While bringing your favorite pillow along with you might be tempting, pillows usually take up too much room. To get around this, try bringing just a pillowcase. This way, if you’re in need of a pillow, just stuff some of your clothes into it, and voila, you got yourself a pillow-on-the-go.

Pack a dryer sheet

Keeping your clothes smelling fresh for long trips is probably something we all want. To achieve this, simply pack a dryer sheet for your dirty laundry bag so your whole suitcase will continue to stay smelling fresh.

Download WiFi Map

Take away the troubles of spending time looking for WiFi while traveling, and instead use WiFi Map. This app lists over 100 million networks across the globe, and are easily laid out on a map so you can find one that’s closest to you.

Roll your clothes while packing

Save valuable real estate in your suitcase by rolling your clothes, rather than folding and stacking. This method will easily double the amount of space in your suitcase, giving you more options and better access to your clothing.

Scan your passport

God forbid you lose your passport or any other valuable documents, they can be a lot easier to replace if you have a detailed scan of them stored on your phone.

Mark your luggage as fragile

By tagging your bag as fragile, it can save you a ton of time, as airlines usually load fragile bags on top for the flight. This way, they’re the first uploaded onto the baggage claim, saving your precious time while waiting for your belongings.

Pack a first-aid kit

You never know what might come up during your travels, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Be sure to pack a first-aid kit stocked with the essentials, like band-aids, antibacterial cream, Advil, cold meds, and stomach antacids. This way, you’re prepared for any emergencies, and you’ll save yourself a trip to any pharmacy or grocery store.

Fight jet lag with exercise

If you’re feeling weighed down by jet lag after landing, the best way to fight it off is to get some exercise in. Science has proven that exercise is the best way to jumpstart your circadian rhythm, plus it’ll probably feel good to get some blood flowing after sitting on a plane for a prolonged period of time.

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