Travel and packing hacks:
Use cling wrap to Stop your Jewelry from Tangling.
I hate spending precious travel time untangling my jewelry. Use 2 strips of cling wrap to hold your jewelry into place. Simply place a your necklace on one strip of cling wrap, layer another strip over top and they are now tangle free.
Use the Inside of your Shoe as Storage Space.
It may seem an obvious one, but it will save you tons of space. Try placing socks and underwear inside a shoe, this little trick is bound to save space by the end of your packing especially if you pack as many shoes as I do.
Rolling vs. Folding.
When it comes to packing for a vacation, I am the worst. Seriously. I own a lot of clothes and accessories and I don’t know how to consolidate to pack but It’s true that rolling your clothes will save space and prevent your clothes from wrinkling. If you zip block items it will also save some space. I choose to roll and fold but the choice to roll or fold is totally up to you and depends on your preferences, but in my opinion a great trick is to do both. Roll the clothes you want to keep wrinkle-free and fold the thicker items.
Place cords and chargers in a Sunglasses Case.
Place your cords and chargers inside a sunglasses case to prevent them from tangling as well as knowing exactly where to find them when you open your case.
Use a pill compartment for small jewelry items.
Place your small jewelry such as rings and earrings inside a pill compartment to prevent losing them in your bag.
Place electronics and expensive items in your carry on.
I always place my electronics, make up, designer shoes, and jewelry in my carry on and never in my luggage. I have had my luggage lost a couple of times and if it’s lost, at least I can feel fabulous with a full face of makeup.
Charge up all your electronics and make sure to download songs and movies to your phone and or Ipad. I now always travel with a few external battery chargers to avoid being without a cell phone. Place all your electronics in last for easy access.
If you are looking for some good songs to download, check out my top travel playlist. Yes, I am a huge country fan!
My current travel playlist:
1. Luke Bryan – Strip it Down
2. Dierks Bentley – Somewhere On A Beach
3. Easton Corbin – Are You With Me ( current favorite )
4. Luke Bryan – To The Moon And Back
5. Sturgill Simpson – All Around You
6. Jessie J – Flashlight
7. Easton Corbin – Baby Be My Love Song
8. Eli Young Band – Crazy Girl
Put your Underwear in spare spaces.
Last but not least – the one item you’ll never forget – should go into your suitcase last! Place your undies in small spaces and gaps at the last minute to a) save space and b) have easy access to a fresh pair of knickers when you arrive.
Book two one-way flights for better deals.
Make sure when looking for flights to check out two one way tickets vs one round trip ticket. Sometimes you can find better deals if booked separately.
Put all liquids inside of a ziploc bag. This way if anything opens it spills into the ziploc bag instead of all over your things. Also when packing to return, put your dirty socks and underwear inside ziploc bags to separate them from whatever clean clothes you have left.
Before packing make sure to check expiration dates on things such as sunblock if headed to a beach destination. Using expired sunscreen is like putting baby oil on. It does the complete opposite of protect your skin.
Clear your cookies and search history on your computer for cheaper fares.
Many people have reported that airlines and booking search engines are using cookies to show potentially higher airfares on routes that you have searched often. So if you are researching an upcoming trip from New York to London and have checked airfares on the route frequently in recent days or weeks, the site “knows” you really want these fares, and “guesses” that you might be willing to pay a bit more for them and the prices will start going higher as the days pass.
Don’t fly on Friday or Sunday if you can avoid it.
Airlines tend to jack up airfares for Friday and Sunday flights since they are most likely days that travelers and vacationers are going to travel. The cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Don’t forget to check multiple websites.
Like most of us, over the years I have accumulated some booking website loyalties, but they’re not strong enough to keep me from checking fares on multiple sites. Each site has a slightly different search algorithms, and can sometimes return different prices, flight times and combinations as well.
Don’t book flights on days when prices are higher.
Unless you are booking travel for work, it is obviously that most people would shop for and purchase airfares over the weekend, when people have more free time. However it has been said that the best time to book U.S. domestic flights is Tuesday at 3 p.m. Eastern. This varies somewhat for international flights. I have personally found that when I look at flights on the weekend they are drastically higher. I recommend checking prices throughout the week.