Travelling is an amazing way to broaden your horizons and experience new cultures and lifestyles. Many of us choose to partake on a package holiday each year to an exotic resort, or maybe go backpacking for a few weeks around the continent. Whatever the reason for your travel and whatever your taste, you’ll know that planning a trip and making sure everything goes right on your journey can be pretty stressful. Luckily, today we are going to take a look at some genius hacks to use on your next trip away.
If you want to travel without burning a big hole in your pockets, it’s a great idea to go camping with your family or friends. Instead of having to pay for flights, a hotel stay and transport; why not get in the car, drive to a campsite or a secluded area and set up your tent?
Sleeping under the stars isn’t everyone, but it can be an amazing way to bond with your family without technology and to learn about the environment and wildlife in the area. Settle down and cook some S’Mores by the fire, and relax.
If you do plan on taking a road trip out with the family rather than travelling abroad, you will always need to make sure that you have the essentials at hand in case of an emergency. Before you travel there are several checks you’ll want to carry out on your car. The first of these is your engine oil. To check your oil, simply take out the dip stick and check the level. If it’s between the minimum and maximum lines, you’re good to go. You’ll also want to make sure your tyres have ample tread and are inflated to the correct pressure. Once you actually get in the car, you’ll want to keep an emergency kit in the trunk. This could include things such as:
- Phone Charger
- First Aid Kit
- Empty Fuel Bottle
- Spare Tyre
- Sturdy Shoes
- Spare Clothes
Portable Air Conditioning
If you are one to frequent hot countries, the you’ll know well that the rooms can become sweltering under the midday sun. No matter how many ice-cold cocktails you drink and how well you close off the curtains, it can still be too hot for comfort. So, instead of suffering in silence, why not invest in a portable air conditioner? Companies such as acpulse.com offer small air conditioning units you can take with you on your travels, and they can be a lifesaver in a heat wave.
Water Bottle Backpack
If you are an avid explorer, or if you decide on going somewhere with lots of hiking opportunities and vast woodland: it could be a great idea to get yourself a backpack which has a built-in water bottle. The last thing you want to be doing when you are walking and climbing all day is to lug around 2-3 water bottles, instead you can fit a few litres of water into a pouch in your bag and sip on it through a tube throughout the day. A much easier way to stay hydrated in the wilderness!
Always Be Prepared
One of the first rules for any traveller, you must always prepare yourself for every possible situation. Just the same as your car kit, make sure that if you are out and about or travelling by plane, pack for every weather condition. The last thing you want is to be stuck out in a thunderstorm in shorts and a vest!
Pack The Smart Way
Many of you will already know about this simple packing tricks, but in case you don’t, here are the things to remember. Firstly, stop folding your clothes when you pack up your suitcase. Rolling them up is much easier and saves a lot of space, allowing you to fit more in your luggage. Secondly, store your underwear inside your shoes. Again, this saves space and allows you extra room for other things in your case. To avoid tangled cables in your bag, roll them up and tie with a cable tie. And finally, carry as much as you can manage in your hand luggage. It will make life much easier for you when you get on the plane!
Backup Your Documents
Rather than just relying on your paper copies of your passport, boarding passes and other documents; scan them online and email them to yourself. Then you will be safe in the knowledge that you always have a copy to hand when you need it. On some smart phones, you can also scan them to a wallet and use them whenever you need them.
Download Yelp Or TripAdvisor
When you visit somewhere unfamiliar, you might struggle to know where to find the best restaurants, hotels and activities’ in the area. If you download an app such as TripAdvisor, you can search your location and find out where the best places are to visit during your stay. You might even find a beautiful country park or even a historical building to visit while you are away.
Respect The Local Culture
If you visit a country which asks for a modest dress code, don’t be that guy who dresses in nothing but a pair of shorts and sandals. If you respect the local culture you will be treated more kindly by the locals than if you don’t. It will make your stay more comfortable all round.
Coming home can be sad, but can also be a relief if you want to curl up on the sofa in your pjs with a glass of wine. Travelling home can be tiring, but always try your best to unpack the moment you walk through the door. Put away your clean clothes, stick the rest in the washing machine and then have a shower and relax. It will seem like the last thing you’d want to do at the time, but it will feel amazing in the morning when you have nothing left to do.
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