Expert Travel Hacks
Instead of insulting your intelligence with hacks like "bring an empty water bottle" or "pack earplugs," we've put together a list of our team's go-to travel tips that will help even the most seasoned wayfarer avoid the inevitable pitfalls of leaving home.
Clear your cookies before booking a flight.
Ticket prices change based on demand. Which means if you've been searching for tickets and then checking back a few days later to see if the price has gone down, you may be driving the price up for yourself. While some like to get around this by using "private browsing" windows, clearing your search history and cookies is your best bet.
Book two one-way flights.
Often, flying two different airlines and booking two one-way tickets is actually cheaper than booking round-trip. And by mixing and matching, you have better choices for arrival and departure times. Some flight-booking sites, such as Kayak, already do this for you, but always do your homework and check the airline websites yourself.
Maximize space in your suitcase (and minimize wrinkles at your destination) by rolling clothes instead of folding.
Keep your suitcase smelling fresh.
Toss a hotel bar of soap in with your dirty laundry.
Store power cords.
Put chargers and cords in a small zippered bag (like this one from Topo Designs) or an old sunglasses case to keep them accessible and from knotting up inside your carry-on.
Don't pay for hotel WiFi if you don't need to. Find the WiFi passwords for local joints near you by checking comments on FourSquare or Yelp.
Use belts to line your shirt collars to keep them crisp. Maintain your shoe's shape by stuffing them with socks or underwear.
around a binder clip.
This will help prevent them from tangling. You can also clip them onto your bag's strap for easy access.