1. Download Google Maps to use offline
Downloading Google Maps is SUCH a LIFE SAVER. If your phone has sufficient space, you can download Google Maps to browse offline on mobile, even if your phone is not connected with internet. All you need to do is go on the map of the area you want to save and press download to access it even when you have no connectivity.
2. Scan passport and itinerary
Scan your passport, identification card, and itinerary and email them to yourself. This provides an extra copy of each in the event of loss or theft. Also save them offline to your phone.
Cam Scanner is a good app that an be used to store scan photos from your phone directly.
3. Call your credit or debit card company
It is important to call your credit or debit card company before you leave for you trip to ensure that your card has been authorized for your foreign destination.
4. Google Translate
If you are travelling to a country where you are not familiar with the language, Google Translate comes very handy in such scenario. It can also be used offline by going into the app settings and choose the “Offline Translation” option. It can also translate real time photos of symbols and signs just with the click of camera. It’s really a must app for frequent travelers.
5. Quick Retrieval Of Luggage
Mark your baggage as fragile. This is a great Travel hack to ensure that your baggage is handled correctly. With this hack the airline will keep your luggage at the top, due to which your luggage will be released on priority.
6. Flight Seating Map
Find which seat is according to your desire for free on Seat Guru. You have to just enter your flight details and read different reviews of passengers.
7. WiFi Connection for free
FourSquare is the app you should have if you need WiFi in a pinch, you can easily log on Foursquare and look around for WiFi passwords. It’s an app where people share tips, ratings and reviews on places to go nearby. Tips section is the best feature of this app, people leave useful recommendations here, most often they even share WiFi password of places.
WiFi Map is another handy app that shows passwords to different WiFi networks (over 100 million of them). The passwords are organized on a map so you can easily figure out the closest one to you.
8. Stinky Feet
Baby powder is a great hack to avoid stinky feet during long haul flights. Throwing some baby powder on your feet is a quick way to deodorize stinky feet.
Shop for Johnson’s Baby Powder at reasonable cost.
9. Currency Exchange
Instead of going to money converters use ATMs to get local currency. The money converters at the airport usually have their own fees and the exchange rates are rip-off. ATMs always dispense local currency, of course, so use your debit or credit card and get your money there.
10. Clearing customs
Make sure you have a pen with you while traveling so you can fill the forms out when you get them rather then looking towards others for one; flight attendants rarely have them.
11. Air plane entertainment
If your airplane doesn’t personal TVs, you can create your own with your phone and a clear plastic bag. Simply insert your device, position it, then hook it onto the back of the tray-table. Apparently, you can also use the metal bits from the sick-bag. You can find it in the instructions here.
12. Personal departures and arrivals board
Get your own personal departure and arrival board by simply downloading FlightBoard app on your phone and experience the VIP lifestyle.
13. Smelly suitcase
Alternatively, you can even just throw a bar of soap in the luggage (mini hotel ones work great).
Keep an extra bag for your “dirty laundry” so that your whole suitcase doesn’t start smelling.
14. Travel Security
It is always wise to keep your belongings safe. The easiest way is to stash your valuables underneath your clothing. Another way is by locking your bags closed and using reflective accents to help folks see you at nighttime. Consider these safety travel essentials:
- Money belt or hidden pocket
- Neck wallet
- Undercover Bra Stash for credit cards and cash only
- Leg wallet
- Incognito All Terrain Money Belt which looks like a real belt!
- Luggage Travel Lock
- Reflective clothing and luggage accessories
- Bring a headlamp or mini flashlight, better to be safe than unprepared
15. Comfort Traveling
Bring a pillowcase instead of pillow, just stuff some soft clothes in that case and go to town. You can also use the pillowcase to compress clothes like a puffy jacket in order to save space in your luggage.
Always wear lose and comfortable clothes. Compression socks will be best for traveling as they do not cause swelling and are very comforting.