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11 Travel Hacks That Even Marco Polo Would Put Into Practice

Traveling can get stressful, from remembering everything you need to pack and having space for it all to making sure it all gets to its destination safely. Besides that, it’s important to be comfortable while traveling to avoid any unnecessary stress.

5-Minute Crafts will show you the best hacks for dealing with these problems.

1. Save space.

What you’ll need:

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Big trash bags
  • Large clothing pieces you want to pack

How to do it:

  • Place the clothes inside the trash bag.
  • Hold the bag, leaving only a gap at the top.
  • Insert the vacuum tip in the gap and suck all the air out, leaving you with a much smaller package.
  • Tie a knot at the end.


2. Lock your suitcases.

What you’ll need:

  • Zip ties
  • A zipped suitcase you want to be secured

How to do it:

  • Close your bag, making sure both zippers are next to each other.
  • Pass a zip tie through both zippers and lock it, making sure people won’t open your suitcase.

3. Get comfortable on car trips.

What you’ll need:

  • A pool noodle
  • A box cutter
  • A seatbelt to stick it to

How to do it:

  • Cut your pool noodle to a shorter length, pillow-sized.
  • Slice through it horizontally. Don’t cut it in half, just make a horizontal slit.
  • Use that slit to stick it to a seatbelt and sleep on it comfortably.

4. Make your phone into a plane TV.

What you’ll need:

  • A phone case
  • A zip-lock plastic bag
  • A phone

How to do it:

  • Remove your phone from its case.
  • Place the case underneath the zip-lock bag.
  • Leaving the plastic bag over the case, place your phone back into it, ensuring the plastic gets stuck between your phone and your case.
  • Make sure it’s secured and use the tray lock on the plane seat in front of you to hang the plastic bag, giving you a hanging plane TV.

5. Avoid spilling if your suitcase breaks.

What you’ll need:

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A trash bag that fits your whole suitcase
  • A suitcase

How to do it:

  • Place the suitcase inside the bag.
  • Close the bag, leaving a gap on top.
  • Place the vacuum tube in the gap and suck all the air out.
  • Tie a knot at the end.

6. Protect glass bottles.

What you’ll need:

  • A box cutter
  • A pool noodle
  • The bottle you want to protect

How to do it:

  • Using a box cutter, slice the pool noodle to the desired height, matching that of the bottle.
  • Now, slide it through the pool noodle horizontally, creating a slit along the length of the noodle.
  • Use that slit to insert the bottle, which is now protected from breaking.

7. Transport 2 bags easily.

What you’ll need:

  • Plastic wrap
  • The 2 bags

How to do it:

  • Place the 2 bags with their backs against each other.
  • Wrap them tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Transport the 2 bags as if they were one.

8. Prevent wrinkles in shirts.

What you’ll need:

  • Baking paper

How to do it:

  • Place a sheet of baking paper down, then put the shirt on top of it.
  • On top of that shirt, place another sheet of baking paper and another shirt on top of that.
  • Do this as many times as needed, always in this order: baking paper — shirt — baking paper — shirt — baking paper.

9. Save space while packing beauty products.

What you’ll need:

  • A contact lens holder
  • Whatever liquid beauty product or lotion you need to pack

How to do it:

  • Remove the caps of the contact lens holder.
  • Make sure it’s clean or clean it yourself.
  • Squeeze your products into it and cover it.

10. Waterproof your bags

What you’ll need:

  • A large candle
  • A bag that’s not made of plastic

How to do it:

  • Get your large candle. Make sure that it hasn’t been lit in a while and it’s solid.
  • Rub it across the cloth/non-waterproof parts of your bag. The wax coating should make them waterproof.

11. Prevent cables from tangling.

What you’ll need:

  • Binder clips

How to do it:

  • Gather the cables you wish to take and untangle them completely.
  • Carefully roll them around your fingers in a circular motion.
  • When they’re fully rolled, place a binder clip on the roll. This will prevent them from tangling and make them easier to store.
  • Do not place the cable on the tightest part of the clip, the cable should sit in the space inside the closed clip.
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