33 Travel Hacks (2019)

33 Travel Hacks (2019)

hey there today I am sharing 33 travel
hacks for you: travel hacks for the airplane, for getting through the airport
security, and all that area, for packing tips, for staying in a hotel room all
kinds of travel hacks to help you travel more smoothly and efficiently
some of them will help you save space in your travel bag the first travel hack
that I have is to use a sunglasses case or a readers glasses case to store like
your cords for electronics I also store my electronics and little three pouches
that I get or pouches that I have laying around but another thing that my husband
uses is an old gum container they’re hardshell and they store items like that
and USB sticks that kind of thing easily this is something by recoil that we are
trying from Amazon I bought these for a husband this year he is trying them this
week so I cannot recommend them fully but they recoil your cords automatically
the thing that I don’t like about them is they recoil them immediately and I
haven’t read the directions enough to know if you can stop them from recoiling
but it is storage and what you do is your take your long cord for your
computer or your headphones let’s say and you fold them in half so that the
thick part and the thin pointy part you hold those together at the bottom and
then you’re gonna stick this in here and it coils it up automatically for you and
then when you’re ready to use them you just have these both sticking out for
your computer and your phone or whatever you need to stick it into but that’s
another hack that maybe will work for you if you want to try those out I did
buy them though if you’ve been watching my travel tips by Laurie a channel for a
while you know that I always carry an empty crossbody bag inside my carry-on
backpack or my travel bag that goes under the airplane seat and since it’s
empty a subscriber told me that she puts her makeup brushes in her travel bag
like in her crossbody that’s in the backpack and then when she gets to her
hotel room she uses a hotel paper cup to store
upright her makeup brushes I thought that was brilliant and you can also use
a toothbrush holder those that you find in like the Travel section of just your
grocery store the long ones that are a 2 or cylinder shape cylindrical shaped
those can also hold a few of your eyeshadow brushes makeup brushes I don’t
use I don’t take all of my makeup brushes when I travel just so you know I
don’t know how you feel about this travel hack but this also came from a
fellow subscriber you know how you store like underwear or socks inside tennis
shoes or sneakers what this subscriber suggested is that you layer and actually
put on each sock and then take them off as a whole and then they will fit inside
your shoe like a regular sock would you can also store like a glass bottle of
perfume or some kind of item that is fragile inside all of those socks and
they act as even a better protectant for that fragile item in your checked
suitcase by the way thank you for visiting my travel tips by laurie
youtube channel my name is laurie and I’ve been married to an airline pilot
for about 17 years but we have lots of travel tips for you that will help you
travel the globe without a worry in the world
the next trial tip that I have is to not put on jewelry or a belt until you get
to the airport and are through security I just store mine in my little inside
pocket right here and that’s where I keep my passport just while I’m going
through security and your liquids can be in there also it just makes it easy
access and then when you get through airport security you put your passport
away you put your liquids away in your backpack so they won’t go under the
belly of the airplane in case you get separated that’s in my other travel
hacks video but anyway you put your liquids in your under the airplane seat
bag and then you will put on your jewelry and your belt that way it saves
you time you’re getting through and you’re not holding up the people behind
you you just get to that bench after security and then put everything on
another Travel hack that I realized after about 15 years
of travel is to store my tennis shoes in that outside inner mesh pocket of your
suitcase it has so much room for shoes and hardback books like I said earlier I
do not take all of my makeup brushes just first space but I can also
recommend that you just use for travel since you don’t use them in your house
that you use the eyeshadow brushes that come with the makeup palettes that you
may use they’re great for smudges they’re great for putting a little
highlighting color like a darker color in the crease of your eye and then you
can blend it with your finger or a Kleenex when you get to your hotel room
I thought that I had these in my house but I don’t but you know those little
flat cotton pads some people like will clean their makeup
off with or do their finger nail polishes with not a cotton ball but a
flat cotton pad you can put those in your makeup palettes and especially the
more expensive makeup palettes that are more expensive to help protect those
colors and the powders so that they’re not jostled too much especially if
they’re in your carry-on suitcase that all of a sudden got checked at the gate
because there was not enough room and the overhead bins this is a travel hack
for those of you who live in the Northeast or are traveling to the
Northeast the Midwest the northwest the north anywhere where it is super dry you
wear moisturizer and then you also use tinted moisturizer like I use tenten
moisturizer from Mary Kay they have lots of them in the grocery store as well
another travel hack is to use compression sleeves on your calves okay
they are footless okay and they we just put them on like a sock but they cover
just your calf and that way if you are worried about like I am sometimes your
sock or the compression sock being seen through under your jeans these are less
or a little more hidden and there are some really really cute ones I will link
these below as well when you are packing your curling iron
after a location your curling iron might be hot so you can use one sock like a
loan sock to store and protect the heated
curling iron if it’s really that hot and make sure you use the cotton kind of
socks another travel hack is to store your money or hide your money in the
Kleenex compartment in between the Kleenex is just some cash or some cash
for that country that you may be going to another place that you can store it
is in a wet wipes container and those are allowed on the airplane by the way
several people asked me if wet wipes are allowed and they totally are and then my
friend Chrissy gave me a travel hack for storing your money under the soles the
inner soles of your tin shoes or whatever shoes you’re wearing now this
is a packing cube and I love using packing cubes now but if you do not have
a packing cube it just the reason why people use them is it use it puts all of
your clothes that you need in one space and you can smush and squish them to fit
this container and then this container squishes and smushes to go in your
suitcase so that’s why people like them you can also use compression bags I have
some that are no vacuum needed I don’t use those unless I’m carrying like
really thick sweaters in my carry-on and I need more space or I need those to
suck in some like I need to right now wearing my jeans but this travel hack is
to use a pillowcase as your packing cube and then you put heavy sweaters your
jeans just put all your clothes in there you can stuff them in there or you can
fold them and then slide them in there and fold it over and squish and smush it
but when you get to your destination if you need a pillow you can use that
pillowcase full of the of clothes to smush and squish around your face so you
can get a good night’s sleep on your vacation so I have another travel hacks
video I think it’s 23 travel hacks and then I also have a 19 ish life hacks
video but in my life hacks video I had a travel hack for you and that is just
also store money in your the padding of your sports bra I thought this trial
hack was brilliant you just pack a little thin carabiner
hook that would go on a backpack you just pack it in your crossbody bag or
somewhere in your suitcase and while you’re walking throughout a
foreign city or wherever and a sidewalk cafe put the purse or your travel bag on
your on the chair and then use the carabiner hook to hook those straps and
then if anybody tries to make a scene and make you look away they will have
they will be deterred by trying to pull off your bag because it’s hooked with
the straps I love love love this travel hack that many people told me about in
my last travel hacks video and that is by using a pants hanger to close the two
curtains in your hotel room so that that blinding sunshine does not get through
that crack of the curtains in the morning when you’re trying to sleep on
your vacation one Travel hack that a subscriber told me was for your zipper
if it is broken sometimes it gets stuck you can use lip balm or some Vaseline
and you just rub it around where that little stuck part is and it might help
your zipper perform correctly and then if it does break one thing if this
little handle thing right here breaks off there is still that little loop
right there and you can get like a gym clip from the office of the hotel or you
can also use like a little souvenir keychain and that will go right in there
and it will also help flag your suitcase you’ll know that it’s yours picking it
up from baggage claim as well I do not travel with a luggage tag like this just
because it’s cute because I don’t want all my name and stuff in there and it
would fall out of this one and it’s cheap but I travel with a luggage tag
because it’s easily identifiable in the baggage claim you can use a colored
scarf just something little to help it I’d be identified in baggage claim this
travel hack is for the hotel room before you go to sleep at night
just put your tennis shoes in the and point them in the direction of the
nearest stairwell that way if you wake up in the middle of the night and the
hallway is filled with smoke you will know which way the nearest stairwell is
to escape my friend Emily on instagram gave me this awesome idea and that is to
carry a fake wallet like in your backpack or in your
pocket and that way if you do get stopped and a burglar says give me your
money you will have your wallet there and she does suggest putting some like
fake cards and just like a small amount of money so that they do think they’re
getting your real wallet and my friend named Aunt Bea just the letter B
suggests it if you are traveling to a beach location what you need to do to
get the sand off your feet when you get back to your car is just put baby powder
on it pour the baby powder on your heels or on your feet and then the sand just
comes right off and she says that if you put it in the floorboard of your car
like where the driver would be sitting and you’ve got sand on your shoes maybe
that if you put the little baby powder in the floorboard and then when you
shake it out when you get home when you shake it out the sand is gonna come out
super easily one of my favorite travel hacks that I did mention on the 23
travel hacks video that I made was to take a picture of your passport and
email it to a friend and some people said just send it to yourself but you
can send it to yourself but if like you’re in jail or incapacitated that
friend is going to have the email and your important information and your
health insurance information if you can email them a picture of that it’s just
one little way to have it accessible if you are incapacitated like totally
incapacitated another travel hack is to store your money in a feminine-hygiene
like baggy kind of thing and then the last travel hack is to not wear anything
that is really gonna draw attention like big bling on your blue jean jacket or
something like that lots of sequins on your jeans or your boots kind of thing
just be smart think about the people behind you in line
think about the TSA agents who are there make everybody’s day just a little bit
better because you planned in advance to be a responsible traveler anyway thanks for
visiting don’t forget to introduce yourself below happy new year

100 thoughts on “33 Travel Hacks (2019)

  1. First time watcher here! Omg I love this video & I LOVE to travel so I cannot wait to watch more! Btw- do you have a video of luggage suggestions (brand, size, style, etc)? After many years, my husband & I need to replace ours & we're not sure what to look for. Thnx!

  2. Just found your channel and I love your tips. I have a quick question. The Personal item size is supposed to be 9 x 17 x 10. How are women getting thru the gate with Louis Vuitton Neverfulls and Keepalls? These are larger than those dimensions. I try to follow the rules and keep my handbag small but watching these come through is upsetting. The boarding time is becoming trying and a huge time waster.

  3. Since shoes are dirty from walking I use disposable shower caps to put my shoes in sometimes 2 can fit in 1 cap they are cheap in drugstores and sometimes they can be in the hotel bathroom

  4. Just found your channel. Love it! Planning a trip to Kenya this year. Never been on a plane before, EVER! Your hacks have been helpful. QUESTION: If your carry on needs to be checked because there's no room in the overhead, do you have to pay a check baggage fee? I don't plan to have any checked baggage. I want to travel with a carry on only. However, I understand if there is a room issue. Thanks.

  5. Hi Laurie, love this video as I love all of them! My sister and I have had our tags ripped off. So I just used White Acrylic paint and did a 2" Stylized Monogram on my suitcase on all sides (and replaced my tags). So a small E is on every corner to be seen no matter how my suitcase comes on the conveyor belt. I never have to worry which is my bag, and the E is not messy or cheap looking cannot be ripped off, or smudged or removed. I have never seen this done before, so I felt quite proud of my identification idea.

  6. Hey, Laurie – am loving your channel. I’m taking my first international European river cruise in May. At what point do you recommend forgoing the carry on for luggage to be checked?

  7. Hi Laurie. Great video. (Thought it was time I subscribed after watching almost all of them.) I have a navy blue rolling suitcase which looks like a million others. I have some yellow wool wrapped around the handle – which is great for identification if that end of the case is coming toward you on the carousel. What I did years ago was cut a piece of duct tape (the gray stuff) in the shape of a big arrow (not for any particular reason) and stick it on the bottom of my case. If the case is coming onto, or around, the carousel bottom first, I can identify it immediately and don't have to wait until it's almost past me to see the handle.

  8. I love all your comments. I’ll use all of them when we travel to London next month. Wooau!!! So many tips that I can use many times.

  9. Thanks for all the great tips Laurie! I traveled internationally last summer and used a lot of your tips when packing and going through security!

    Here are tips from me: Some airport's TSA have different rules, so make sure to do research about airport rules of other countries if you are going there. If you can't find a lot of information, you can always ask for other traveler's experiences and tips on TripAdvisor's forums for specific cities.

    I also remember receiving a tip about bringing an empty disposable water bottle through security and then refilling it in the terminal. I loved this tip and I used it my whole trip and got my traveling mates to do it too.

    Tip for glasses wearers: Some metal detectors will detect the metal on your glasses if there is any. My metal-framed glasses set off the metal detectors at various airports, so I'd recommend to wear plastic frames or put your glasses in the bin that goes through the scanner. Once I started to put my glasses in the bin, I went through the metal detectors without setting alarms off for additional screening.

    I've been through airport security a lot but I still get so nervous, so not being stopped for additional screening is great (especially since I was in a country I couldn't speak the language of, but I look like a native, so they automatically start speaking to me in that language).

  10. I buy the battery tea lites to use as nite lite. They have an on off switch.If you forget to take them after your stay they are cheaper then the regular nite lights

  11. I use an empty contact lens holder and fill both sides with my facial moisturizer and serum. Keeps me from having to bring my large containers from home.

  12. I have a preparing to exit and packing list template that I refine after most trips…short and long, domestic and international…because I am aspiring to travel with less just-in-case items, and use everything I do take more. 

    I have found I can pack the same weight any season I travel. I wear less bulky winter items many times…and take a lot more lighter summer items that I wear less times due to humid weather.

    Less is best more is a chore?

  13. I learned from a police officer to make sure all my emergency contacts are in my ICE (in case of emergency) in my phone…. which all call phones have in there contact area of your phone….

  14. I buy dissolvable paper- it comes in packs of 25 on Amazon. If you paint the sheets with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, let them dry completely (it’s best to GENTLY lift the sheets and hang them to dry) once dry, I cut them into 2×1 inch rectangles and store them in containers like Altoids. To use, rub between you hands under running water and you have plenty to wash and condition. They take up no space and are great for travel- whether staying in a hotel or camping in a tent!

  15. As well as having a tag on my bag for easy identification I always put my initials on the bottom of my bag using craft paint can usually see it as soon as it comes through the carousel, love your videos I'm in Australia

  16. Please excuse if this is a repetition -I think my comment got lost. Packing cubes are time savers in carryons and luggage if you are required to take things out of your suitcase when going through security or customs. Just remove cube(s). There is no refolding when placing things back in suitcase and small items stay contained. Nylon or total mesh cubes flex to fit any shape space. I also use packing envelopes on longer trips, layering matching outfits together. I always pack medications in my under seat/personal item bag so it stays with me in case I am required to send carryon under the passenger compartment. My pharmacist does not recommend allowing medications to be placed under the planes because of the extreme cold.

  17. Hi Laurie.. I have a doubt. You mentioned that you wear your belt and jewellery after security check. I wear mine thru security and I usually wear a light gold chain and a watch as well as earrings . So I’m planning to travel to Canada shortly so would I have to keep my jewellery to wear after the security check? Are these norms varying in airports around the world? Thanks

  18. As a previous airline employee, myself, and still married to one and having a job that involves travel – I appreciate all your wonderful hacks!!! I have been doing most of them, myself, over the years. Recently, I've adopted the "2 pair of socks" threw security hack. Brilliant.
    1 – About e-mailing pix of important docs (passport, DL, Med card, etc) and credit card info… My husband and I send it to each other if we're traveling together. Or I send it to one of my travel mates. That way, as long as both of us aren't in jail or something, it's convenient to get the info should something happen. This is important when your in a different time-zone, for example. Also, you can take pix and store in "the cloud" with password protection. Can be retrieved from any smart phone or computer. Yes, sending the pix to someone NOT with you is also a good idea – in case your phone is stolen/lost/gets wet…or everyone is in trouble…
    2 – If you park at the airport – take a picture of your parking place number. Do it as you pull your luggage out of the trunk or back of the SUV. If you travel a LOT – this can come in handy if you have to park on different levels/areas every time…
    3 – Another "picture" op – especially if you travel a LOT – take a picture of your hotel room number. Nothing worse than having room 824, one week, then 428 the next week, and then 284 — and trying to remember which one you are in after a long day or a couple of glasses of wine!
    4 – I do not travel anywhere without a sleep/eye mask and ear plugs. This is my favorite mask for price, fit, size of elastic band (does not cut in or curl or catch hair like velcro can), and overall darkness: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0756WJVKV/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I travel a LOT and like to leave the bathroom light on, for example, because I don't want to get out of bed in the dark and think I'm in last week's hotel room…. Eye shades block that light when I wanna sleep. And they block the blinking fire detector light when it has caught my attention and I can't stop staring. If you do wear ear plugs to sleep – be sure to turn up the volume on the room clock for the alarm or the volume of the alarm on your phone! I'm old-fashioned and still request a "wake-up" call, too…
    5 – Also, I pack my most worn out underwear (you know which ones! stretched out elastic, stained…) and throw it out rather than bring it home to wash… This opens up "just enough space" for a small souvenir in my suitcase… Just be sure you have enough "newer" ones, left, for when you get home…
    6 – Throw a couple of these 2.5 gallon Hefty zip bags in your carry on — they're good for wet shoes or a wet bathing suit! They are also good for using like a vacuum bag for one or two sweaters or other bulky items (insert clothing, roll tightly, THEN zip shut and squeeze the air out again before the end of the zip… ) https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00555EWJU/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    7 – In fact, I use a variety of sizes of ziploc bags for EVERYTHING. While the "free with purchase" bags are, well, free, and there's a lot of "cute" packing options out there, I prefer to SEE everything at a glance and not have to remember what I put in what bag. If not ziploc bags, I use fine mesh bags so I can see the contents. Using a variety of sizes – my cords and chargers go in one, hair care samples or 1 oz sizes in another, make-up in another, etc. I have my "in-flight" zip lock that has lip balm, tissue, band-aids, hand sanitizer, eye drops, hand lotion, and more that I can pull out of my back-pack or other carry-on and store in the seat-back pocket – so i don't have to pull out my carry-on and scrounge around for them, later… I'm not a fan of packing cubes because my travel varies so much – sometimes it's 1-night, sometimes it's 7 or 8 – and I would need different sizes of cubes or use them differently each time – meh – I'll stick with ziploc bags…
    8 – This may be more of a life hack, but I cannot say enough about Laser Hair Removal for underarms and legs. No need to pack a razor and shave cream or "enough" moisturizer to shave with… The ocean never "stings" my legs after a fresh shave, and I have less risk of infection from public pools and spas without "micro" cuts from a slightly dull razor or razor cut… Yes, it's an investment – but it is one of the best things I've ever done for myself…

  19. I’m new to traveling and only traveled twice. I’ve never used a small suitcase for my carry on but I’m going to be living in North Carolina now so I’m trying to have an extra suitcase to pack more clothes, what will happen is the plane doesn’t have enough room for my suitcase for the overhead bin?

  20. Love your hacks Laurie! I travel internationally for work and my favorite hack is my portable clothes line. I often travel with only a carry on bag so I love my wash and wear light weight items. My clothes line is 3 thin (1/4 inch or smaller) very stretchy pieces of elastic braided together with a mini caribiner clip attached at each end. Attach your line between two stationary items… (chairs, wall lamps, knobs, hooks, etc…) Simply tuck your freshly laundered items in the braided elastic…no clothes pins needed… wash at night…dry in the morning! I made my elastic line about 2 yards in length… it rolls up into a tiny zip bag and can be any length you like.


  22. When I check into a hotel, I prop the door open with my suitcase and check behind the shower curtain, behind the drapes, under the bed and be sure doors and windows are locked. I also prop the ironing board up against the door at night. Should someone try to break in, it will make a lot of noise I also pack a flashlight for nightstand and for my purse.

  23. Your socks tip was great.  I usually clip my hair up for travel, but am always stopped for the metal hair clip. Just have to remember to put it in the gray bin.  Live n learn.

  24. Enjoying your travel tip videos. Flying to California in a few weeks because our first grandchild is due! I’m definitely not a frequent flyer…went to Cali in 2017 after having NOT flown in 30+ years! But I’m trying to be a well informed, well prepared, efficient traveler. Thanks for all your info ?

  25. The pillowcase also doubles for a dirty clothes bag. We also make large pompoms from yarn to id our checked bags

  26. Laurie if a person has prescription medications and is traveling to a different country, should they leave their medication in there pill bottle or can they separate their medication out in a pill organizer?
    Thanks! love your videos

  27. Thank you Laurie! I travel 2 to 4 times a year and I still am learning from you! Lighter and more space is always good! Happy travels!

  28. I hope this isnt a repeat…i put a cheap $tree pair of socks over my reg socks so that if i have to take my shoes off for TSA, I can take those outer socks off and throw away! Then Im not bringing any airport floor dirt into my shoes! Im not a germaphobe, but I dont want other peoples dirt ?

  29. This past Christmas, I wore a sweater with sequins and going through security, I had to get a pat down because the sequins interfered with the scanning. Lesson learned, don't wear sequins when flying.

  30. Hi, fellow traveler from Philadelphia checking in to say I swear by using laundry 3in1 sheets, (brand name Purex) I only travel using carryon luggage, for long trips this would mean laundering once or twice. 3 in 1 laundry sheets are as small as a regular dryer sheet, smell wonderful, and can be used in a sink or washing machine and then transfer to the dryer to reduce static. Happy travels to all.

  31. I use 'dental floss picks plastic box' to store my earphones, wires, medicines, band-aids, and other small essentials.

  32. Hi Laurie, I appreciate how your thinking ahead blesses your travel and that of others, and how you are mindful of that. I have found that preparedness and cheerfulness benefit not only my experience, but those traits allow me to be more open to strangers who need a compliment and/or a helping hand.
    P.S. As one predisposed to DVT but whose airport “uniform” features capris or ankle skimming pants, thanks for letting me know that compression sleeves for legs are a thing!

  33. Just a quick note to say I have enjoyed your videos. I don't know if you realize it, but the close-captioning for your words is quite amusing! Due to your southern accent, in the above video, "tinted" moisturizer was printed as "tenten", and "tennis" shoes came out as "tin" shoes! Don't worry…I can understand you, but the close-captioning person cannot!

  34. Thank you! Dating an airline pilot now and gotta get my travel and packing game up to par. I totally took heat from him on our last trip. Lol!

  35. Hey, I'm Linda and plan to travel overseas next year. Haven't traveled in over 30 years so all the rules have changed. So happy I found your sight.

  36. Socks hack…be sure you put your socks on in the order, otherwise you will have to take them all off to find the mates.

  37. Okay, I'll introduce myself. I'm a 67 year old American, married for 42.5byears to a British man I met in Copenhagen airport! We have been traveling ever since. Our firstborn had slept in 10 countries before her first birthday . When her scout troop planned a trip to Disneyland and she learned it would only take an hour to fly there she was mystified. Why would you take a plane for just an hour? ?, I know lots of what you share already, but there's always more to learn.

  38. With the hook and purse hack, I usually put my purse on the floor between my feet and wrap the strap around one ankle if I’m somewhere that I can’t put it beside me, like in a booth. It wasn’t really out of paranoia, it’s just something I’ve always done especially when going out with friends or family and there’s no room at the table or if the tables are really close together and it’d get caught on someone else’s chair or be in the way of the walkway.

  39. I take a picture of my hotel room number so I can find them. Especially at Disney which uses a code for different floors.

  40. Hi, is it okay to take electronic hot compress in the airplane, and is it considered an electronic item?

  41. Ever since I was little I was taught to get some ribbon or material and tie a strong bow or just tie it onto your checked baggage. So you can easily see that bright colour material and know its your bag.

  42. We've done duct tape in bright colors or unique patterns on handles of luggage to make our black bag stand out.
    ??? Question for how do you handle winter – change in climate from cold to hot (like 80 degrees difference)?? ???

  43. Love your channel and your tips. Not to talk brands but….What is the brand that you buy to store things…I’m talking about the gum hard shell container what a great idea! Thanks

  44. The pillow hack (8:28) adding onto that… if you are flying with an airline that'll charge you for a 2 carryon items then fit as much into the personal item as you can and whatever you can't fit stuff it into the pillow case. Idk?

  45. Your vedios are amazing I just watched a vedio before that and I can't stop I am continuing watching for some more times also I subscribed from the first vedio hoping the best fie you
    Thanks for your hacks

  46. WHEW I leave for Guatemala Saturday and your videos have provided some relief! Thanks! ( p.s how big can your overhead bag be?)

  47. Ive been doing a few of these for years. Its good to have a reminder for our trip in a few days to France and London

  48. Thank you so much for doing these videos. I have not flown in over 25 years and these are helping me plan my packing for my first trip to Disney World in December 2020. Also, I LOVE my Mary Kay, too!!!!! Most of our vacations are road trips, so some road trip tips would be awesome. Have a great day!!!!

  49. I have been traveling on international flights for the past 20 years… no matter how much you know you can always learn more! I've learned some great tips from your videos! The pink jewelry bag is genius! I have one on order now! Also the travel pillow, I have been looking for a good one and the one you have (rolled up and in zipper bag) is excellent! I have a couple of tips myself…. one is a perfume bottle called Travalo, easy to use and you don't have to pack your expensive full bottles of perfume in your checked bag. I've never had it leak on me in the past 5 years! Another one that I really invested in is a merino wool throw blanket, they are thin and light enough that I just wrap it around my neck and it looks like a scarf! I am always cold on flights and hate that little blanket they give you! When I get in my seat, I pop some sleeping pills, get out my pillow and blanket and sleep through the flight… all 8 hours of it!

  50. Before packing cubes became popular, I would save all of the clear plastic zippered bags that curtains and linens come in and use them. The thinner ones I used for makeup.
    Also, when cruising or traveling on or near water, I put my passport and money / keycard in plastic Ziploc bag…blow some air into it. Not only does it keep things dry If I find myself in the water…the bag will float.

  51. I always put my destination hotel name/address on the luggage tags when traveling abroad. On the way home, I switch it to my home airport information and my first initial and last name. I never put my own home address.

  52. I love Emily's idea about the fake wallet…great way to get rid of expired gift cards. Thieves think they're credit cards. Just be sure your name isn't on them.

  53. Hi Laurie! Question for you: What is the best way to attach your jacket to your roll-a-board so you can be hands free going through the airport?!

  54. All shoes should be put in bags before you pack them! Shoe touch the public bathroom floor so you NEVER want them to touch anything that will touch your face, GROSS!

  55. My husband is disabled so we carry a lot of luggage. To help me identify it quickly, I just use strips of leftover fleece tied in knots with the tails hanging down. It stretches easily for a nice tight knot and it's all the same bright color (pink leopard!).

  56. Hi, I’m a 38 year old mother of two. My husband and I are going away for our anniversary to Las Vegas in March so I appreciate all your tips!

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