5 Travel Hacks That We Actually Use

Air travel can be stressful. Jammed airports, crowded security lines, overbooked flights, misplaced luggage, no legroom on planes — the list of complications that travelers face can be never-ending. “It’s important to work through your travel anxiety in positive ways,” says Ingrid Nilsen, an experienced air traveler. She offers some helpful, practical advice in her video on “Working Through Travel Anxiety.” 

We know that flying can be stressful. How do we prepare for that ahead of time? The internet is chock-full of travel “hacks” that promise to make your traveling easier and more stress-free. But do any of them actually work? And do people actually use them? Here are our favorites that we actually use ourselves: 

1. Get a chiropractic adjustment before and after you fly

Traveling in cramped airplanes can cause serious irritation to your head, neck and spine. Dr. Brian Clark, a chiropractor at Discover Chiropractic in Austin, TX says, “I recommend an adjustment before and after flying to keep your spine properly aligned.” Doing this, he says, will save you from unnecessary headaches, a stiff neck, and back pain. 

2. Strike up a conversation with a stranger

Your first reaction to reading this is probably, “what?!? No way!” But we live in an age dominated by screens and headphones where people don’t interact with each other face-to-face. We forget that there are interesting people all around us. Some won’t engage, but if you’re polite and inquisitive, you may be surprised at who you meet when you’re traveling. 

3. A pouch for plugs and cables is a necessity

One downside of modern technology: a wealth of devices. If you’ve ever invested 20 minutes digging through your carry-on for a cell phone charger, earbuds, or USB cord, you know exactly how irritating (as well as elusive) these products can be. A handy pouch dedicated to these cables will save you serious frustrations and make operating your electronics much easier and stress-free. 

Note: Some airlines hand out pouches with earplugs, an eye mask, and also socks to every guest. These baggies make excellent travel tech-cessory pouches. (I personally use the one I got from Qatar Airways.)

4. Curb your alcohol intake before and during flights

Downing four glasses of red wine to unwind may seem like a great idea during a long layover or before a red-eye flight. But it’s important to remember that being on an airplane triggers dehydration in your body. In addition, traveling across time zones will impact your body clock and your circadian rhythms. Consuming alcohol exacerbates both dehydration and your sleep cycle. 

Our recommendation: if you consume alcohol, keep it to one beer or wine. After that, you should drink water for the rest of your flight to stay hydrated.

4. Bring a pen

Smartphones have replaced pen and paper in many aspects of our daily life, but there are still instances when we travel that a pen is needed. Customs forms need to be filled out prior to deboarding when traveling internationally. And you can’t finish that tantalizing crossword puzzle in the airline magazine with a smartphone. So before you leave the house, toss a pen in your carry-on. You’ll be glad you did. 

5. Bring a keychain

Whether you’re staying in a hotel, bed-and-breakfast or an Airbnb rental, you’ll have keys to your residence to keep track of. Bringing along a keychain can help you stay organized and never misplace the key to your vacation rental again. Our favorite is a carabiner that you can clip several keys together (rental car key, vacation home key, etc.)

Remember these tips the next time you fly and watch your stress level disappear.

Tips to keep yourself safe and efficient in airports

In most travels it begins with airports. Thousand people everyday are catching their flights. In order for you to stay safe and on top of your tasks in airports you must follow these steps. This is important to not miss your flight, keep you and your children safe and many more things. First, keep a reminder or watch for your flight time. Many people miss their flight just because they are not paying attention. You can fix this by setting a reminder 25 minutes before. This helps you by when you are waiting either in connecting flights or just a standard.

When you are doing something the timer will indicate you to go to boarding to be a little bit early for comfort. Second, keep track of your luggage. In airports there is many people roaming around and you don’t know if someone is gonna take your luggage. This can be either be accidental or on purpose. When walking around in a busy airport there is no guarantee for thieves. Watch your luggage closely and be very fast to get your luggage. This is important because during luggage pick up anyone can pick your luggage up with no questions asked.

This has happened to many people in america. When they proceeded to try to get it back, the thief was already 10 miles away. Third, keep your loved ones and children close. An airport is a big place and easy for anyone to get lost. There also has been cases of kidnapping. It is important to keep an eye on your children where they go and always go with them. It is very crucial to think of the worst situation to let yourself be the best parent you can. Fourth, think of what you can and can’t bring on the plane. There is many things that the airport let and don’t let on flights. These are a certain amount of liquids and foods that you can bring.

There is certain regulations that you must follow which are different in every airport. So before you board ask a helper to help you with showing you what you can and cannot bring. Fifth, always remember to come early for all flight regulations.

If you don’t come early for things like security you will either have to wait a long period of time. This will cause you to waste your time and even maybe miss your flight. You can fix this by staying on top of your flight. This means checking the time every time that you choose, visit your terminal just to be sure and things that you think will apply to your flight. When you follow this step you will be able to stay on top of your tasks to maximize the potential for you be on time for flight regulations. When following all these steps you will gain the knowledge on how to stay safe in an airport and to stay on top of your tasks.