Although it’s true that anyone can travel, travelling well is something of an art form. There are so many little things that can make your travelling experience so much smoother and more enjoyable, and even after years of travel experience we’re still picking up new tips and tricks along the way. We’ve been asking our Twitter fans to share their best tips with us recently, and the responses have proven that we aren’t the only travel experts out there!
We’ve compiled our favourite travel tips, as provided by you, our fans. Here are the top ten travel tips you shared on Twitter:
Being sun smart is essential, especially if you’re visiting somewhere like Australia where getting burned can ruin your holiday. Sunscreen can wash off, so wearing a hat or staying in the shade wherever possible is more than just a good idea – it could save you a lot of pain!
Pack a small tube of superglue to fix luggage, shoes, nails etc. – @scottishemma123
It’s true – you never know when you might need to fix something along the way. Although a bit of glue might not be a permanent fix, it’ll get you by until you can repair or replace whatever is broken. Just remember: some superglues are not allowed in your luggage, so buy a non-flammable brand and check with your airline before taking it on board (or buy some at your destination).
Belts, chunky jewellery, watches, glasses etc. can all set off the metal detectors at security. Before you get into the security line, remove all of these items (remember to check your pockets too!) and pack them in your carry-on luggage. It’ll make going through security a breeze, and you can just put it all on again when you get to your gate.
Always pack wet wipes and tissues. – @thebirmanlover
Wet wipes may be one of the most useful things you could ever pack. Use them for freshening up, cleaning spills, removing sand from your bag after a trip to the beach, removing makeup…the uses are almost endless. Tissues are also invaluable, especially when using public bathrooms. It’s wise to carry some at all times – they’re light, take up almost no space and you’ll be so glad you didn’t leave them behind.
Pack a travel plug adapter & a multi-plug socket to charge multiple devices at the same time. – @Tigga266
Carrying a multi-plug socket, or a power board, means you only need one adaptor and you can charge a few devices at once. When you travel with a number of gadgets (check out our favourites here) you don’t want to be caught without any power, so this is a clever way to ensure all your technology is charged all the time.
Efficient packing seems to be a struggle for many travellers – there are plenty of simple ways you can pack more cleverly (take a look at these expert tips), but if you’re really struggling, vacuum bags really do save room. Just make sure you buy the ones that you can roll the air out of, because you might not have access to a Hoover at your destination!
Always take a spare change of clothes in your hand luggage. – @harlequin2603
Don’t even think about travelling without a spare set of clothes in your hand luggage! Not only will this be your only set of clothes if you have the misfortune of experiencing lost luggage, but after a long-haul flight there is nothing more luxurious than disembarking in a fresh outfit.
Keeping a copy of your passport and other relevant travel documents separate from the originals is a smart way to travel. If you want to take it one step further, scan these documents and save the images on Dropbox or email them to yourself so you can access them from any computer, anywhere in the world.
Pack swimwear in your hand luggage in case your suitcase is lost – @kittytothekat
If you’re embarking on a beach holiday and your luggage is lost en route, having your swimwear with you means you won’t waste any time hitting the beach or the pool when you arrive. Also, if you have a long stopover in Singapore, having swimwear in your hand luggage means you can make use of the airport’s outdoor swimming pool while you wait.
And finally, this is one of our own tips – switch an outfit with your travel companion. It’s unlikely that both of your suitcases will get lost or delayed, but if one does, you won’t be stuck without anything!
Do you have a better travel tip? Follow us on Twitter and share it with us!