The best ever travel insider tips for a hassle-free holiday

Going away soon? Every traveller would want to know how to make their holiday so much easier and less painful, but not everyone knows all the tips and tricks, especially if you don’t go away often.

Here’s how to have the best airport and aeroplane experience possible – straight from the experts.

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1. Bring your own headphones

The headsets that are given to you on the plane are not new, despite being wrapped up. They are taken off the flight, “cleaned”, and then packaged again.

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2. Remove old flight tags

It seems silly but many people forget to take off their old flight tags, which can hold up the line when you check in. It could also misroute your bag, so get in the habit of ripping them off.

3. Buy and fly on a Tuesday

On average, the cheapest time to buy a ticket is Tuesday afternoon. The cheapest time to fly is Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday.

4. Put your pet’s name on a carrier

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Airline staff will try to comfort your pet if it’s coming on the plane with you, and having its name on the carrier should help to calm it down – planes are very loud and scary for animals.

5. Bring a tennis ball

Bring a tennis ball with you when you’re travelling – it’s great to roll under your feet and even under your thighs to keep you from getting stiff/sore.

6. Sink plugs are essential

Carry a universal sink plug, too. It will let you do laundry in the sink or use a bathtub that otherwise won’t fill. You’ll thank us later!

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7. Invest in VPN

Sign up for a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It’s cheap (about $5 a month) and easy to use. Once set up, it means that you can use public WiFi on your own computer or phone for secure transactions such as banking and booking hotels online with your credit card.

8. Five factors for choosing clothes to pack

Consider these 5 factors when packing clothes and aim to have each piece you bring satisfy at least 3 of them:

  • Comfortable for daytime, but can be dressed up for the evening
  • Is appropriate for cool or warm weather
  • Doesn’t show stains
  • Folds up small
  • Coordinates well with other clothes.
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9. Don’t think ‘what if’ about anything in your luggage

Go through your packing list, then take every item and ask yourself why you’re taking it. If you start with the words ‘what if,’ or you only plan to use it once during a long trip, it may not be a necessity.

10. Carry dried gingerroot

To combat motion sickness on a cruise, try taking 1,000 milligrams of dried gingerroot (available in health food stores) before flying.

11. Ball up your socks and underwear

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Then stick them inside your shoes – this saves space in the rest of your bag.

12. Download guidebooks to your phone

Use the Kindle app or even just your Kindle to save weight, space and money.

13. Check your plane’s seating configuration

Before you get on board your flight and you want to have a sticky beak at what type of plane you have, check out seatguru.com, which has up-to-date seating charts for every single flight in the world, and tells you which rows don’t recline and rates the seats based on reviews.

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14. Take a power board

This is my number one travel tip! Take along a power board – you’ll be thanking us later. Instead of having to charge one thing at a time with your travel charger, charge 5 or 6.

15. Minimise jet lag 

Jet lag can really knock you about and takes about a day to adapt, or longer. You can cut down on this recovery time by sleeping more before your trip, as well as shifting your meals and bedtime closer to those at your destination. This takes some forward planning but there are apps that can help, such as Jet Lag App.

Do you have any other tips to share?