The web is full of great travel tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your vacation or business trip. Many of these tips are easy to find but we decided to dig a little deeper and come up with some lesser-known travel advice that will help both the novice and experienced traveler. Here are some out-of-the-ordinary travel tips and tricks that we think you will love.
Once you realize the versatility of dryer sheets, you will pack them in your suitcase every time you go out of town. They are great to place in each shoe after a hard day of walking. The sheets will mask the smell and aerate your shoes so they are fresh for the next day. If your motel room seems musty, place a couple of dryer sheets behind the air conditioning grill. They will help your room smell fresher and more pleasant. The best thing is that a stack of dryer sheets takes very little room in your suitcase or carry-on.
Chances are, you will experience some rain on your vacation, or your trip may include activities near or on the water. It’s inevitable that at some time you are going to get wet. Extra towels can be an incredible convenience and microfiber towels dry a lot faster than regular towels, plus they take up less space. We advise packing two microfiber towels for every individual in your travel party.
Instead of paying expensive hotel prices for laundered services, try bringing some travel-size boxes of laundry detergent and wash your clothes in the bathroom sink of your hotel room. It beats sitting in a hotel Laundromat and you can watch TV while you wash.
Dining on local cuisine can lead to wonderful experiences – and every now and then a really bad one. By taking two Pepto-Bismol pills an hour before your meal, you can cut down the probability of getting food-borne illnesses by up to 80%. Your stomach will thank you.
It’s amazing how many toiletries we usually pack on a trip. By taking a multi-purpose product like Dr. Bronner’s soap, you can still wash your face, body, hair – even your clothes – and have a lot room in your suitcase. Plus you won’t have to worry about liquids spilling in your bag. Btw… if your zipper teeth get stuck on your suitcase, a little soap usually gets it unstuck in no time.
Expensive electronics are a great item to have on vacation, but they can attract thieves as well because the items can quickly be pawned for cash. Another one of our great travel tips is to put a little duct tape over well-placed areas can actually fool those potential snatchers, making them think it’s not worth as much at the local pawn shop.
Speaking of thieves, muggings are unfortunately a reality in today’s society, and criminals like to target tourists. It’s a good idea to keep your real wallet or money clip hidden from sight while a second, dummy wallet is easily accessible. Fill this wallet with a few small bills and perhaps a sample credit card that you get in the mail – just to make it appear more legit. Hopefully, it never happens to you, but offering up the dummy wallet may give you a chance to run and get away while still keeping your real credit cards and cash.
We never know what to expect when traveling. While these tips and tricks may seem out of the ordinary, they could be your ticket to a more enjoyable travel experience.