I'm Obsessed With These Cheap And Easy Travel Hacks I Tried

Diply 1 Oct 2018

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!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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It certainly fits in my backpack pretty darn well, and that's a win for me!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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