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10 Unconventional Travel Tips from a Frequent Traveler


Wed, July 12

Traveling the world can be a thrilling experience, but it can also be overwhelming. With so many different places to visit and so many different ways to experience them, it can be difficult to decide how to pack efficiently and how to avoid spending extra money. To help make your travels less stressful and more enjoyable, here are 10 unconventional travel tips to help you explore the world uniquely and excitingly.

#1 Pack an Empty Water Bottle

Packing an empty water bottle when flying is a great way to save money and stay hydrated during your travels! By bringing an empty water bottle with you to the airport, you can avoid having to purchase expensive bottled water once you are through security. Instead, you can easily fill up your water bottle at one of the many water fountains located throughout the terminal.

You can bring the empty water bottle through security and then fill it with the drink of your choice. Some airport restaurants even allow you to fill up your water bottle with soft drinks.

This saves you money and ensures you have access to clean, filtered water throughout your travels. Plus, you can reuse your water bottle throughout your trip, making it an even more economical and eco-friendly choice. Packing an empty water bottle is also more convenient since you can fill it up wherever you go, ensuring you stay hydrated no matter the length of your journey.

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#2 Roll Your Clothing as Outfits

When traveling, it is important to pack efficiently and smartly to make the most out of your suitcase space. One great way to do that is to roll your clothes together as outfits when packing. Rolling your clothes together is a great way to save space and also make it easier to find the right outfit when you arrive at your destination.

By rolling your clothes together, you create a neat and organized bundle that takes up much less space than if each item of clothing was packed separately. You can also group items based on the occasion, such as a casual day outfit, and a dressier night outfit. This way, when you arrive at your destination, you can quickly grab the bundle you need for the occasion.

When rolled, your clothes won't move around as much in your suitcase, meaning there won't be wrinkles. This helps to keep your outfits wrinkle-free and neat, reducing the amount of time you may need to spend ironing or steaming once you arrive.

Overall, rolling your clothes together as outfits when packing for a trip is a great way to make the most out of your suitcase makes it easier to find what you need when you arrive. It also helps to keep your clothes wrinkle-free and neat, so you can look your best for your trip.

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#3 Bring Reusable Ziploc Bags

When traveling, bringing reusable Ziploc bags can be a great way to make your journey more efficient and eco-friendly. Not only are reusable Ziploc bags lightweight and easy to transport but they can also be used for a variety of purposes. For example, you can use them to store snacks, toiletries, and other items you may need while on the go. Not only can you save money on buying new plastic bags each time you go shopping, but you can also help reduce your environmental footprint.

Reusable Ziploc bags are also very durable and they are much more reliable than plastic bags. This means that you don’t have to worry about them breaking or tearing in your suitcase.

Plus, you can easily label and differentiate your items by writing on the bag. This makes it easier to keep track of your belongings and to find what you’re looking for quickly. Lastly, reusable Ziploc bags can be washed and reused multiple times, which makes them a great resource to have when traveling.

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#4 Place AirTags in Your Luggage

I have AirTags in all of my suitcases and backpacks since they are great at letting me know where my items are and if they are lost.AirTags are an Apple product that can track the locations of your belongings. These small and easy-to-use devices can be linked to your phone, so you can always know where your stuff is. When traveling, it can be easy to misplace your things, which is why Apple AirTags can be extremely helpful!

To set up an AirTag simply attach the AirTag to the item you wish to track, open the Find My app on your iPhone, and follow the instructions for setting up your AirTag. Once the AirTag is attached, you will be able to see the location of your item and receive notifications if it moves beyond a certain distance. This is helpful when traveling because you get to see where your belongings are and they can help prevent you from losing your stuff.

Additionally, AirTags come with a Lost Mode feature which allows you to mark your item as lost and view its last known location. With AirTags, you can always be sure that your items are secure and accounted for!

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#5 Use Flushable Wipes

Flushable wipes are a great way to help keep yourself clean and healthy when traveling, especially when traveling via airplane! The air on airplanes can be very dry and uncomfortable, which can cause your skin to become dry and irritated. Flushable wipes are an easy and convenient solution because they can help keep your skin hydrated and refreshed.

They contain moisturizing lotion that helps to soothe and protect the skin without the need for lotion or cream. They are small, disposable, and individually wrapped packets that can be used to clean your face, hands, and body.

Flushable wipes are perfect for use in a confined space such as an airplane, especially since you won't have access to a sink or shower. They also help keep your hands and face clean after handling items such as trays, magazines, and seat belts. Also, they can be used to clean up any messes that occur during your flight, such as spilled food or drinks.

Plus, most wipes are biodegradable and can be safely disposed of in the toilet without causing any plumbing issues. This ensures that they are environmentally friendly and will not cause any harm to the planet.

#6 Chew Bubblegum at Take-off

As a frequent flyer chewing bubble gum while on the plane has been a lifesaver. Chewing bubblegum during take-off can be beneficial for several reasons. First, it can help to relieve any nervousness or anxiety that you may be feeling before taking off.

Chewing gum can be a great distraction from any thoughts that arise during a flight since it can help to take the focus away from the situation and onto something more manageable. Picking a gum flavor you enjoy will especially help in relieving your jitters or nerves about flying.

Plus, chewing gum can also help to reduce the amount of ear popping that can occur during take-off and landing. The act of chewing (and especially chewing gum) can help to equalize the pressure in the ears. This means that chewing gum just before you land or take off will improve your chances of not encountering "popping ears."

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#7 Pack Two Toothbrushes and Socks

If you can, consider packing two toothbrushes and socks wherever you go. Both toothbrushes and socks are essential items to bring along on your travels because they can help keep you comfortable and hygienic. It is wise to pack a few extra pairs of socks and toothbrushes - that way, if you lose them, you’ll have a backup pair! It is also cheaper to bring pairs of things, rather than buying a second pair at an airport.

Packing both toothbrushes and socks is especially important if you are headed out on a long trip or are staying in a variety of locations; that way, you’ll be prepared for anything.

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#8 Bring Extension Cords

It is important to bring extension cords with you. An extension cord is a device that allows you to plug multiple electronic devices into a single wall outlet. Having a few extra extension cords on hand can be incredibly useful while traveling, as it allows you to easily use multiple devices in a single location without needing to track down multiple outlets. This can be especially helpful in hotel rooms, airports, and other places where outlets can be hard to come by.

Extension cords also give you the flexibility to use devices in more convenient places, such as near couches or chairs. Extension cords are much easier to pack than bulky power strips, making them the perfect travel companion. So, the next time you go on vacation, make sure to bring a few extension cords with you for all your charging needs!

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#9 Download Movies Before The Trip

Downloading your favorite movies and books before traveling is a great idea, as it can be hard to find reliable wifi while on the go. While some airplanes may have movies and shows available on the flight, downloading entertainment onto your device ensures that you can watch and read what you want, whenever you want.

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#10 Don't Forget to Relax

Although traveling can be both stressful and nerve-wracking, it is really about relaxation. Taking the time to plan out your journey and ensure your safety and well-being is essential and can be a great way to start your vacation. Once you are on your way, remember to take some time to enjoy the journey. Look out the window, listen to music, read a book, or take a nap.

Whether you are flying to a tropical island for vacation, traveling with your class, or visiting family somewhere else, traveling should be fun. When you travel you should take time to make special memories and enjoy the moment.

Take plenty of pictures, savor the flavors of new cuisines, explore the culture, and enjoy the company of your family and friends. With a little bit of preparation and an open mind, your travels can become a unique and wonderful experience.

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Traveling is such a fun and wild experience and with these trips, your travels will be even more unique and special. From downloading movies and books to packing reusable bags and wipes, these tips are sure to get you excited and ready to plan for your next journey. Don't forget to take advantage of the resources available to you and also to be sure to stay safe and have fun! So, get out there and explore the world with confidence and know that you are prepared for your journey.

Cove Johnson Rabidoux
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Cove Johnson Rabidoux is a teenage writer whose work can be found on Teen Ink, The Teen Magazine, The Spearhead Magazine, the Hot Pot Magazine, Leaders Across the World, and on her blog titled Blue Pencil Writing. She serves as an editor for the Trailblazer Literary Magazine, Hot Pot Magazine, and Cathartic Youth Magazine. When she is not writing her novel, Cove enjoys reading, traveling, and baking.