Updated: May 2
Looking for new travel hacks for an upcoming trip? The Travelnista will prepare you to "Travel Like a Pro!" in no time.
1. Mark your checked luggage "Fragile"
Get your checked luggage back from the baggage claim first with this simple trick. “A fragile tag is meant to be put on luggage which is to be handled carefully." Baggage claim employees transporting your luggage will take extra care so as to not break your items. Most often the fragile tagged checked luggage comes on to the conveyor belt first in most instances
While checking in your luggage, ask the employee from the airline over the counter to put a fragile tag on your luggage. Simply ask the employee from the airline to put a fragile tag, even if you don't have anything fragile in your bag.
If the employee from the airline asks what is it that you're carrying just souvenirs made of glass. This requires no extra money, and your luggage comes first on the conveyor belt at the baggage claim. For any of my readers who usually pay for checked bags online ahead of time before arriving at the airport, purchase fragile tags/stickers from Amazon prior to your trip.
2. Freeze your beverages before heading to the Airport
Don't throw away your beverages and pay for another at the airport or during flight. According to the TSA, liquids are allowed through security as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. "Frozen liquid items are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. If frozen liquid items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 liquids requirements."
The night before your upcoming freeze your favorite brand of water, soda, or juice.
3. Download Airlines mobile app before an upcoming trip
Utilize your smartphone to download an airline mobile app before your upcoming trip.
Tracking an upcoming flight: One of the most useful features on any airline apps is a way to track a flight. This is rather convenient to receive notifications for delays, cancellations, etc.
Navigating the airport: Terminals are very busy and large. Utilize the airline's app to navigate to the various gates, baggage claim locations, restrooms, ride-sharing pickup locations, rental car counters, and restaurants.
Checking in prior to arrival: Major airlines usually allow check-in up to 24 hours before departure. Check-in on the airline's app expedites the amount of time you will spend before reporting to be screened by TSA. You have the opportunity to view your electronic boarding pass. There is no need to stop by any kiosk. In addition, there is an option to pay for your checked bags.
4. Weigh your bags at home to prevent extra charges
When traveling some may bring their entire closet. If you can relate, then this is a tip that may help you have to pay for it later. Overweight and oversized baggage fees can be a pain. All airlines have baggage weight and size restrictions If you think you're going to get anywhere near your maximum baggage weight allowance as weigh your luggage before you leave home. An at-home bathroom scale will do the trick. If you have the option to split your items among different bags it may be wiser to do so before arriving at the airport.
5. Complimentary continental breakfast, anyone?
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It's also an essential amenity. Jump-start your vacation day with a delicious continental complimentary breakfast. No need to spend on a costly breakfast outside the hotel.
Usually, breakfast starts from as early as 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Take advantage! If your hotel doesn't have a complimentary breakfast option make the most of your stay and book a Breakfast Included package. It will be worth your while.
One of Travelnista's favorite is #MobilePassport. For those who may not be familiar please keep reading.
"Mobile Passport is a mobile app that enables travelers entering the United States to submit their passport information and customs declaration form to U.S. Customs and Border Protection via smartphone or tablet and go through the inspections process using an expedited lane." - Wikipedia
Does this Custom Border Protection Traveler Entry form look familiar? It is required whether you are a visitor to the United States or a U.S. citizen arriving in the United States
Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The #MOBILEPASSPORT is very self-explanatory for my non-tech-savvy readers. It's optional to use.
STEP #1: Download the FREE app and set up your profile (Takes appx. 5 minutes) Available in the Apple App Store and Google Play App Store.
STEP #2: Answer a few questions
STEP #3: Submit to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
STEP #4: Skip the line and save time
7. "Great deals nearby" - GROUPON
Discover great deals nearby when traveling from attractions, tours, activities and much more. Groupon is highly recommended. Businesses use Groupon to promote their own discounts for services and products. 100% legit. Research the activities you have an interest in and be sure to read the fine print before purchasing.
8. Priceline's Name-Your-Own-Price for Budget Travel
Priceline's "Name Your Own Price" program helps to save up to 60% of hotel prices.
Enter travel dates and destinations, view the hotel rates and decide how much you would like to save.
Keep in mind that the hotels that participate in the "Name Your Own Price" program may not be the ones you have seen upon the initial search. Usually, you find out in just a few minutes whether Priceline accepted your bid! Some reservations take longer to book than others, you will receive email notifications.
Best website for unbiased traveler reviews, comparing prices, and interactive travel forums. Find helpful travel recommendations and advice. Unsure of where to stay? Check out TripAdvisor. This site can be used for traveling research, planning, and booking. It is not only for travel, but they also provide restaurant recommendations too.
10. Customized your checked baggage
A distinctive suitcase or duffle/weekender bag can speed up the time you’ll spend at the airport. It can help prevent mix-ups, misplaced, and lost luggage. Here are a few ways to personalize your luggage to make it stand out from the crowd:
Purchase a suitcase in a unique color
Embellish your luggage with stickers
Create a pattern using Duct Tape
Tie or stitch on fabric or ribbon
Purchase a suitcase cover
Purchase a TSA-approved lock
Unique luggage tag