Maybe you’ve experienced your shampoo busting open onto your clothes in your suitcase. Perhaps your camera got damaged in an unexpected downpour, you barely got any sleep because the hotel curtains refused to close or all your makeup smashed into a million pieces.
It turns out everyday household objects from plastic wrap, Tic Tac containers, buttons and straws can make ingenious travel hacks to prevent common and annoying problems that crop up while you’re on the road.
Check out these clever travel hacks which will keep you comfortable and organized on your next trip.
1. Pack plastic grocery bags
Plastic bags are a must for your suitcase or backpack and can be used to wrap your shoes to protect clean clothes and hold dirty laundry. If you’re traveling on a rainy day, they are also great for lining your bag so it doesn’t get wet. Keep a few in your daypack too – they are an extra protection for electronics like your camera gear if you get caught in a sudden downpour.
2. Wear a scarf
Not just a fashion accessory, a scarf can also be used as a sarong at the beach, a blanket on the plane, a mat, a cover up when visiting religious sites like churches and temples and to block out the sun or light.
3. Bring a pillowcase
Instead of bringing a travel pillow, save room by stuffing your pillowcase with bulky garments like winter jackets and use that as a makeshift pillow. You can also use the pillowcase when you’re dubious about the cleanliness of your hotel linen.
4. Tic Tacs for your toothbush
If you don’t have a toothbrush holder, save your toothbrush from getting dirty in the bottom of your toiletry bag by covering it with an empty Tic Tac container. You can also use old candy containers to store small things like hair pins and safety pins.