Traveling can be a pain, especially in the car. You’re cramped, tired and bored. That’s why it’s important that we take every step we can to make ourselves comfortable; this way we won’t start off our vacations and trips in a bad mood.
To make your life easier on the road, here are some travel hacks you didn’t know you can’t live without!
1. Call your debit/credit card company before leaving
Purchases far away from your usual areas can trigger suspicion alarms at your bank or credit card company. They’re just trying to protect you, but it can be a huge inconvenience if you find yourself without access to your money. Call them in advance and let me know you’ll be away.
2. Charge your phone off a TV
If you forget your wall charger at home, many modern TVs have a USB port in the back that you can plug into.
3. Use a shower caddy for your lunch
Eating in the car can be a challenge, especially for kids. It’s tough to balance your drink and fries while taking a bite of your burger. Use a shower caddy to keep everything upright and neatly on your lap.
4. Roll a belt inside your shirt’s collar
Shirt collars can get crushed and bent after hours in a suitcase. Wrap your belt into a loop and set inside the collar to keep it stiff and unwrinkled.
5. Put your cell phone in a plastic bag
If you’re visiting a theme park or any place where you might get wet, put your phone inside a plastic bag, even if it will just sit in your pocket. You never know when a sudden splash will soak you and you don’t want to ruin your smartphone.
6. Put a dryer sheet in your suitcase
If you travel often, you’re aware of that musty smell clothes take on after being packed away too long without good airflow. Drop a dryer sheet in the suitcase so they smell fresh on arrival.
7. Hang your smartphone to watch movies
When you’re spending a lot of time in the car, you’ll want to watch something. If you don’t have DVD player, simply drop your phone into a plastic bag and hang the bag from the back of the seat in front of you. Instant theater!
8. Prevent bottles from leaking
Rather than spill your lotions, soaps and perfumes all over your bag, secure them closed by wrapping the tops in plastic wrap beneath their caps.
by Jason Arriola,