11. Use a pacifier to help sore ears during flights

One of the reasons that babies often cry on flights is because the change in cabin pressure can hurt their delicate ears. Children are far more susceptible to this than adults, and they also don’t understand what’s happening or how to relieve the pain. If you have a young baby, consider using a pacifier during take-off and landing to help relieve the pressure on their ears. This hack might not work for every baby, but it’s definitely worth a try. For older kids, you can give them a sweet to suck on, or encourage them to yawn or stretch their jaw when they start to feel pressure.

Stress-free Travel Hacks

12. Keep a copy of essential documents with you

This is a good travel hack for any situation, but it’s especially important if you’re traveling to multiple destinations or going on a long trip. Keep a copy of your passport, travel insurance, tickets, vaccine information, and any other essential documents in your carry-on bag so that you always have them with you. Sure, most of this information can be stored on your phone, but it’s always good to have a physical backup in case your phone battery dies or you lose your mobile device.

13. Book everything well in advance

Your flight is sorted, but what about the transport from the airport to your accommodation? Yes, you might be able to sort this out when you arrive, but if you’re traveling during peak season or to a popular destination, it’s best to book your transportation in advance. This will save you the stress of trying to figure out logistics when you’re tired and jet lagged. It will also ensure you get a seat on the train, bus, or whatever mode of transport you’re using.

14. Download an offline version of Google maps for your destination

This is one of the best travel hacks for avoiding getting lost, especially if you’re visiting a city for the first time. Download an offline version of Google maps for the area you’re visiting so you can access it without using data. Simply open Google Maps and search for the city you’re planning to visit, and then click the three dots in the top right corner of the screen. This will give you the option to “download offline”. Just make sure you do this before you lose Internet access. Once the map is downloaded, you can use it to navigate your way around without using any data.

15. Bring a universal adapter

This is one of the most essential travel hacks, yet so many people forget about it. If you’re traveling to a different country, chances are you’ll need a different adapter. To avoid any drama, pack a universal adapter so you can charge your phone, laptop, or camera no matter where you are in the world. Buying one of these in the airport can be pretty extortionate, so save yourself some money and buy one before you travel.

Travel Hacks for Groups

16. Choose your travel partners carefully 

Not everyone is cut out for group travel, and that’s perfectly okay. If you’re the type of person who likes to do your own thing and explore at your own pace, you might want to consider traveling solo or with just one other person.

Traveling with a group can be fun, but it’s not for everyone. If you do want to travel with a group, make sure you choose your travel companions carefully. You should all have similar interests and travel styles, and it’s also important to ensure you get along well. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a long trip with a person or people you can’t stand.

17. Join a tour group

Arranging travel and accommodation for a group can be stressful, especially if you’re trying to please everyone. A great way to take the stress out of group travel is to join a tour group. This way, you don’t have to worry about the logistics of planning everything yourself — you can just sit back and enjoy the excursion. Tour groups are also a great way to meet new people and make friends, so it can be a great way to enjoy group travel if you’re actually traveling solo.

18. Nominate a group leader

While it wouldn’t be fair to dump all the responsibility for planning on to one person, it’s helpful to nominate a group leader. With one designated organizer ticking off all the items on the group’s to-do list, it can make group travel a lot less stressful for everyone involved.

This doesn’t mean the group leader has to do everything — everyone should pitch in and help out where they can. But it’s definitely beneficial to have one person in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly.

Travel Hacks from TikTok

19. Use a pillow as an extra carry-on bag 

Tiktoker @cheaptravelexpert, also known as Chelsea Dickinson, shared how she uses a cheap travel pillow as a way to bring on additional clothing. By simply unzipping the pillow cover and removing the pillow, she can roll up and stuff a variety of t-shirts and underwear inside. With many airlines forcing passengers to pay for any carry-on bag that doesn’t fit underneath the seat, this can be a cheap way to bring an extra bag without having to pay the fee.

20. Use compression bags to fit more in your luggage

TikToker @mylifesatravelmovie offers one of the best packing hacks for those looking to save space in their luggage. She uses compression bags as a way to reduce the volume of air within her luggage, freeing up space for more items. This is a great way to save space if you’re trying to pack light or if you just want to fit more into your suitcase.

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