Top 12 Best Travel Hacks from Traveling Pros

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Are you searching for the best travel hacks to make your adventures run smoothly? Then, we got you covered. After someone pulled a popular online travel forum, these are the top-voted tips from traveling pros.

1. Clean the House Before You Travel

Several people online chimed in on this hack as one of the best things they’d ever done for their post-travel self. The idea behind this hack is that travelers often return home late in the evening, and coming home to a messy living space can be stressful. So, by cleaning before you leave, you won’t feel guilty about falling into bed and tackling unpacking later.

2. Meal Prep Before Travel

One shared, “Make a simple meal and freeze it. After all the eating out, some homemade soup, or whatever you find comfort in, is great to heat up and enjoy.”

Other commenters agreed, and a few mentioned that they set up a grocery delivery order for the day after they returned from travel. Of course, no one wants to go to the grocery store after vacation!

3. Travel with Only a Carry-On

One would think in 2023, the airlines would have a better grasp on technology. Sadly, lost luggage is still a thing, and the best way to avoid having your luggage lost or misplaced is by keeping it with you.

4. Bring Ear Buds or Noise-Canceling Headphones

Everyone agreed that at some point during your travels, you’ll want a little quiet. Whether that time comes on a plane or in a hotel room, it never hurts to keep noise-canceling headphones on hand.

I also use an app or physical sound machine to block out noise when trying to sleep.

5. Bring an Empty Water Bottle through TSA Check Points

Several commenters mentioned saving on those expensive airport prices by using refillable water bottles. Take them through security without any liquids and fill them up after arriving at your gate.

Others also stated that ice is not a liquid and have never had problems going through security with ice.

6. Purchase a D-Ring Clip for Multiple Uses

Often found in a baby aisle at big box stores, a D-ring clip is advertised for parents to clip baby bags onto strollers. However, it can also hold several grocery bags at once, attach items to carry-on bags, or secure purses to chairs, strollers, or shopping carts. It’s the travel essential you didn’t know you needed!

7. Pack Zip-Top Bags for Travel

Zip-top bags have many uses when it comes to travel. They can hold dirty clothes, keep electronics from being exposed to moisture, or bring home leftovers. Never leave home without one.

8. Pack an Extra Bag for Souvenirs

Like the zip-top bag concept, commenters shared that packing an extra bag (such as a collapsible duffel) for souvenirs or other items purchased during travel was helpful. Though they may have had to pay for a checked bag, it cost them less than shipping items home, especially from international travel.

9. Have a Medicine Stash

It can be easy to remember prescriptions when packing but less to remember to bring the basics. Medication for headaches, nausea, indigestion, nasal spray, cough, and colds can be expensive if you make a last-minute purchase in the airport or hotel lobby.

10. Invest in Clear or TSA Pre-Check

American travelers, especially ones with children, should consider investing in Clear or TSA Pre-Check for airline travel. The security lines are typically shorter, and children are covered under the registered adults until twelve.

11. Make Photocopies of Important Documents

From driver’s licenses to passports to hotel confirmations, make photocopies of these important travel documents. Should you lose them, it may expedite the replacement process to have a copy of the original with you.

12. Roll Clothing to Maximize Space

Finally, no matter how you are traveling, maximizing space is essential. Consider rolling clothing tightly to maximize space in luggage, whether it’s the trunk of a car or an airplane carry-on. Wear bulkier clothing in the car or onto the plane. This will help avoid having multiple bags to carry everything.

We hope you found these 12 tips helpful. Happy travels!

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Sarah Gilliland

Sarah is an expert travel writer and founder of On the Road with Sarah, a travel website with a focus on family experiences in the travel sector. She created her website as a resource for families looking to make the most of their vacations together. In addition to managing her own site, Sarah is a freelance writer for outlets such as Insider, Conde Nast Traveler, YahooLife, MSN, and Wealth of Geeks.

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