As soon as I finish up this article, I'm heading out on a European vacation and I can't wait.

However, one thing I always procrastinate is packing. Who in their right mind likes packing?! 

To be honest, sometimes I get a little overzealous and start packing early, but I almost always give up and end up doing the bulk of it closer to my departure date.

With less than 48 hours until I have to be at the airport, I figured I'd try some of the travel hacks I've found online.

Plus, somehow I have to fit a bunch of clothes and toiletries in my carry-on because I'm too cheap to pay for anything more. Let's see how this goes!

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Hack #1: Secure Your Bottles

Hack #1: Secure Your Bottles
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Whenever I travel, I try to keep my makeup and skincare routine pretty minimal. Some moisturizer, face wipes, maybe some mascara. 

But I'm always worried that the bottles I do take are going to explode all over my luggage. Literally the worst.

That's where plastic wrap comes in handy!

I took a piece of plastic wrap and cut it into smaller squares.

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That step is not seen here because this is low budget and I had to do all the filming with one hand while I did the hack with the other.

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As you can see, I placed the plastic wrap under the lid, so if there is any leakage, I should be safe.

As you can see, I placed the plastic wrap under the lid, so if there is any leakage, I shouldbe safe.
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I shook these babies around a ton, so I'm pretty confident they're going to do just fine while flying.

Hack #2: Hide Money In A Tampon

Hack #2: Hide Money In A Tampon
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From experience, I know that most people aren't going to go fiddling around looking for money in your tampon applicator. Generally, people like to stay far away from other people's tampons.

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So I popped the cotton tampon out of the applicator.

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Which you can totally use later if you keep it in a clean plastic bag. Don't waste it, that'd be silly. 

Isn't a tampon applicator a great place to hide some extra cash?!

Isn't a tampon applicator a great place to hide some extra cash?!
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Like I said before, what pickpocket is going to grab a tampon out of your purse? Mind you, I'm no pickpocket, so maybe I don't know.

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Anyway, if you roll up a bunch of bills, they'll be the perfect size for stuffing inside the tampon.

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I'd suggest maybe putting in more than the four $1 bills I rolled up, but you do you, okay?

You've got to pull back the plastic a bit, but otherwise it works pretty well.

You've got to pull back the plastic a bit, but otherwise it works pretty well.
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Then you can easily put it back in the original packaging, and no one will ever know any better.

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Hack #3: Use A Padded Envelope To Hold Your Laptop

Hack #3: Use A Padded Envelope To Hold Your Laptop
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I'm not going to sugarcoat it, I thought this hack was pretty freaking dumb when I first saw it on Reddit a few weeks ago.

However, the person who posted the hack might have actually been on to something.

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A padded envelope works similarly to a laptop case, plus it's way more inconspicuous. I mean, who is going to guess you've got a laptop in there?

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So, in the end I decided this hack isn't actually the worst idea ever, and in fact, it might be kind of smart.

So, in the end I decided this hack isn't actually the worst idea ever, and in fact, it might be kind of smart.
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It certainly fits in my backpack pretty darn well, and that's a win for me!

Hack #4: Use Zipper-Lock Bags To Pack Clothes

Hack #4: Use Zipper-Lock Bags To Pack Clothes
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Like I said, I'm cheap AF. So I'm taking the cheapest flight I could find and I'm not paying to upgrade to more than ONE personal item. 

When I asked for some packing tips, several people recommended plastic zipper-lock bags.

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But first things first, roll your damn clothes!

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If you're not rolling your clothes when packing, what are you even doing with your life? Come on people, get with the program.

Once you've rolled your clothes, stuff those suckers into your zipper-lock bags.

Once you've rolled your clothes, stuff those suckers into your zipper-lock bags.
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Then release all the air that's inside of the bags to compress the clothes to be as small as possible.

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I'm trying to be pretty conservative with my packing, but I'm gone for nine days, so I had my work cut out for me.

I'm trying to be pretty conservative with my packing, but I'm gone for nine days, so I had my work cut out for me.
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In total, I think I have several shirts, a couple skirts, two dresses, two pairs of pants, two jackets, leggings, and panty hose in my bags.

And once I put them all in my bag, look how much room I still have!

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This even includes a pair of shoes. I think I'm doing pretty darn well!

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Hack #5: How To Carry Your Hair Straightener

Hack #5: How To Carry Your Hair Straightener
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This hack is another popular one I've seen online, and one I've even suggested to some of my friends. 

These things are NOT easy to transport, ever.

It all starts with a quick trip to the kitchen!

It all starts with a quick trip to the kitchen!
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If you've got one of these pot holders on hand, you're in luck! If not, they're only $1 at your local dollar store.

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Next time you're in a rush and need to move your hair straightener (or any hot hair tool!), wrap it in the pot holder.

Next time you're in a rush and need to move your hair straightener (or any hot hair tool!), wrap it in the pot holder.
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If you've got an elastic band, you can use that to wrap the pot holder around the iron.

But if not...

Wrap the cord around the whole thing to keep everything together!

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Honestly, this one works like a charm. I highly recommend giving it a try next time you're in a pinch.

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Hack #6: Use Dryer Sheets In Your Luggage

Hack #6: Use Dryer Sheets In Your Luggage
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If you've got a couple extra dryer sheets around the house, think about tossing one in your luggage next time you're packing.

And no, it's not to do laundry while traveling (which is a good idea, if you can!), or for a snack for your dog (bad idea, don't do that!).

And no, it's not to do laundry while traveling (which is a good idea, if you can!), or for a snack for your dog (bad idea, don't do that!).
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I just put my dog in here cause she was curious and cute.

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It's actually so that your clothes will smell nice and fresh!

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But since I put my clothes in the plastic bags, I decided to toss a dryer sheet between my shoes so they'll smell much better all through the trip!

Peace out, I'm going on vacation!

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Do you love when we try out different hacks we've stumbled upon online? Let us know which hacks you want our honest opinion on!


Until next time <3

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