Pinterest is full with tricks and hacks to make our travels easier and simpler … But to me most of these ideas haven’t changed my life – they made me philosophically analyse them and question myself, and I came to the conclusion that they possibly made my life more complicated when they were supposed to make it easier …
When it comes to packing there are hundreds of how-to’s, videos and info graphs, but don’t waste your time on those. There is only one person who can pack like a pro and teach you the hows and whats of packing – your mother.
They say to use straws to make your own travel-size carry on portions of ‘liquids’ (as airports say) – products like shampoo, conditioner, SPF and I say: ain’t nobody got time for that. Seriously … buy miniatures or steal them from hotels. Straws should stick to what they’re good at – the perfect accompaniment for a cocktail.
Apparently people use a shower cap to cover the bottoms of shoes, because you know … this way the soles will not touch your clean clothes. But it’s ok for your hair to get the dirt?
My favourite has to be this tip for solo female travellers: wear a fake wedding ring and pretend to be married. I’m not sure this will put off pushy men, and they have the internet too – I bet there is a forum thread devoted to uncovering women using this trick.
When travelling together reserve the aisle and window when confirming your plane tickets. The idea is that you book the aisle and window seat in the hope it will remain empty if the flight is not full … and if this is not the case and the seat gets booked, you can ask them to switch with one of you. What’s the deal with this? Why all the hassle for almost nothing? Also … you are technically not allowed to switch seats.
Putting underwear in your shoes to save a tiny pit of space? Not sure what about you, but I like to at least try and keep things hygienic.
Keeping some cash in empty lip balm in case your wallet gets stolen or to make it less appealing for thieves during a day on the beach – now this seems smart at first, but I don’t know about you guys but my lip balms have their own travel adventures and often barely last a week in my company!
This is apparently an easy travel idea to keep toothbrush to dry quickly between uses. It’s a good thing we always carry a clothes pegs with us, am I right?
Bringing more clothes than you need has always been an issue for women. I often read that you should bring clothes that dry quickly so you can wash them and wear them again to supposedly cut down on the amount of clothes to pack. But are we really looking to reduce our clothes? I much prefer to have a list of excuses on why I need extra clothes!
Do travel hacks work for you?