Travel Tips You’ve Never Heard Of

There are books about ‘em, newspaper columns dedicated to ‘em, and each and every long-lost relative is full of them – Travel Tips.From rolling your packed clothes, to bringing snacks to the airport, these tips – while well-intended – are often so obvious (or so outdated) they’re useless to the savvy traveler.Here’s a few you’ve never heard of – and that will change the way you travel.Be prepared: Take a pen, and wrap a sizeable length of duct tape around the body. You’ll never be stuck when you need to write down a quick note, you’ll be prepared to fix just about anything, and you won’t have taken up any room in your luggage.Budget travelers, forget the sink: Carting around an over-priced “travel laundry” kit stocked with drain stoppers (that leak) and inflatable hangers (that collapse under a tank top)? Forget it. All you need to do laundry is a large ziplock bag, a wee bit of soap, and some water. Insert your clothes, shake it around a bit, and rise. If your room isn’t well supplied with curtain rods or chairs over which to drape your laundry, dental floss is surprisingly durable when strung from door-knob to door-knob.Take the heat: Like spicy foods but hate the burn? When chowing down on a country’s hottest cuisine, get rid of your mouth’s painful burning by rubbing table salt on your lips.Rest easy: When traveling to suspect countries (or as a female traveling alone), the tiny amount of space a rubber door stop takes up in your luggage is well worth your peace of mind. Lodge in against your hotel room and you will you prevent possible intruders.Fake it: If you’re not one to go the money belt route, fool potential pick pockets with a prominent ‘fake’ wallet… and keep your real one buried deep inside your day bag.Lighten your load: If you’re traveling to more than one country – with a guidebook for each – you don’t need all that information. Use an xacto knife to cut out the relevant sections, resecure the booklets with duct tape, and voila! You’ll know have a mini-guidebook for each country, which you can discard as you move from country to country.