6 travel hacks we wish we knew sooner

It looks like travel is finally back to normal: Airports are crowded again, PTO calendars are full, and everyone is planning and packing the trips they’re taking this year. With airports busier than ever and airfares seemingly at all-time highs, we can all use a few travel tricks to keep us informed of upcoming flights.

Whether you are someone who travels a lot or your trips are rare, there is always a travel hack you may not know about yet. After all, there are so many things that go into a trip, from deciding on a destination to planning flights (or planning road trips) to scheduling an itinerary to packing your luggage.

We share six game-changing travel hacks we wish we knew sooner, so you’re more prepared than ever and have your best trip yet.

1. Travel with CBD to combat travel fatigue and travel anxiety

When you travel, your body and mind actually go through it. The last thing you want is to get to a destination that you’re very excited about, just so you don’t feel like yourself. CBD can help regulate your mood, reduce stress, boost your energy, and make you feel more balanced overall. Our favorite CBD brand, Equilibria, has a lot of products that serve different purposes and can come in very handy when traveling. Our editors are always talking about the Equilibria products we pack when we go on trips because they can really be game-changing for things like jet lag and general travel anxiety. Plus, you can get 20% off your first Equilibria order with code THEEVERYGIRL!

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If you ever feel overwhelmed on the go, Rapid Calming Melts are the quickest solution to getting back to feeling calm. The innovative technology focuses on maximum absorption, which means you can take the recommended dose right before taking off and find yourself feeling relaxed while you’re in the air.

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This all-time editor-favorite roller duo comes with an Energizing Roller infused with mint, jasmine, and lemon as well as a soothing roller infused with lavender, bergamot, and rosewood. It’s very easy to travel with, and having both means you can get an extra boost of energy when jet lag strikes or a sense of calm when you’re feeling anxious or stressed on your flight.

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2. Don’t overpay for your flights

There are so many resources available to save on flights that it would be silly not to use them. We understand that sometimes you just have to do what you have to do if you’re traveling at the last minute, but if you have the time to research your flight, it’s definitely worth it. Here are a few of the money-saving hacks:

  • Use a service like Hopper, Skyscanner, or Google Flights to see all airlines at once and compare your options. Most of them allow you to set up alerts so you know when your flight prices are at their lowest.
  • If you have flexibility in terms of travel dates, use a low fare calendar to see when it is cheaper to travel to your destination.
  • If you’re loyal to a particular airline, set yourself up for a frequent flyer program account to earn points and save for the future. And if your preferred airline offers a credit card or partners with a major credit card, you can save a lot of money by using it as your primary credit card.

3. Put drying papers in your bag to get clothes that smell good

When you shove all of your clothes into a suitcase with shoes, bags, jackets, and more, you’re likely to lose the smell of freshly cleaned laundry—especially if you’re traveling on a long trip. Our favorite hack to keep your clothes smelling fresh is to put some drying sheets in your favorite scent all over your bag in between clothes. Trust us, people will stop you to ask about your good smell. And as a bonus, dryer sheets also help reduce static electricity.

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4. Pack a zip-top pillow case for an extra packing room

We’ve all been there: you go on a trip, you spend a lot of time shopping (as you should!), and then suddenly you can’t fit everything in your suitcase to bring home. One of our editors shared his most genius hack with the rest of the team: bring a zippered pillow case so that in case you run out of space, you can fit clothes in and bring them on the plane with you! This also works if you arrive at the airport with an overweight bag and need to put some things elsewhere. Not to mention that if you bring a satin pillowcase, you can use it during your flight and enjoy its benefits for your skin and hair.

5. Download Google Maps offline

When traveling, you never know when you might not have service — and if you’re traveling internationally, you might already know you’ll be without a data plan. Google Maps allows you to download specific areas of the map (such as cities or neighborhoods) for offline access, and no matter what, you can get an idea of ​​where you are. You won’t be able to get directions, but you can gain your map reading skills and explore the city the old-fashioned way.

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6. Store your jewelry in plastic wrap to prevent it from getting tangled

We recommend investing in a travel jewelry bag, but if you find yourself in a bind before a flight without one (or if you don’t want to buy one), there’s another solution. Extend the entire chain of your necklaces and bracelets and simply wrap them in cling wrap. This not only prevents them from getting tangled up, but it takes up hardly any space in your luggage. The last thing you want is to get to your destination and spend an hour untangling the contract.

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This post contains a sponsored Equilibria embed, but all opinions expressed in it are those of The Everygirl editorial board.

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