Posted: September 16, 2014

18 Brilliant Travel Tips
Fold your suit jacket inside-out to prevent creases during trips.

If James Bond were a regular traveler, these resourceful pointers would be right up his British cobblestone alley. The key to traveling smart is to travel prepared, so factor in all phases of your getaway before leaving your door – it'll be sure to save time and frustration. Whether on a business trip or leisure vacation, these life hacks will elevate your travel IQ to the next level.

1. Fold a suit jacket inside-out to prevent creases.
Pop out the shoulders while holding the suit jacket upright and fold the outside of the jacket into itself. This will make your jacket look just as good at your destination as it did when you left.

2. Instead of folding, roll your clothes to save baggage space.
Packing is a game of Tetris, and the way to win is to roll your shirts, pants and ties into tightly packed tubes that you can neatly plant into your suitcase. Folding creates creases, which rolling avoids.

3. Line the inside of collars with a belt to keep them crisp.
For those important business meetings, one of the last things you'd want is to walk in with a saggy, crinkled collar. Roll up a belt to about five-inch diameter and place it inside a collar of a button-down dress shirt.

4. If you forget your wall plug, charge devices through the USB slot on a TV.
Many airport hotels may have TVs with a USB port in the back, which may serve as a great backup phone charger.

5. Save maps on Google Maps for offline use
When you're on the screen you want to save, type "OK Maps" to cache the map for offline use. This is extremely helpful when trying to navigate a new city on foot or with rental cars. For other little-known tips, tap on the menu button (the three horizontal lines) and scroll down to "Tips and Tricks."

6. Sit in the seats by the wings for less turbulence.
Irked by wind turbulence? Book the seats along the wings of the plane to reduce the rocky motions.

7. Put jewelry in a pill container to prevent tangles.
Sunday: Beaded bracelet. Monday: Earrings. Tuesday: Emerald necklace, etc. Use a pill organizer to prevent jewelry from getting tangled and misplaced.

8. Take a picture of important documents before leaving.
In the event of theft or lost items, having a second copy of essential documents will not only be a time-saver but also a sanity-keeper.

9. Use a binder clip to protect the head of shaving razors.
Want to look clean and presentable during your business meeting? In the event you lose the cap, keep your razor protected and face clean by covering the razor head with a binder clip.

10. Keep hair clips organized in an empty Tic Tac container
Hair clips have a tendency to get lost as frequently as No. 2 pencils. Stuff them in an empty Tic Tac bottle and you'll save yourself from rifling through your suitcase to find the diamond in the rough.

11. Wind headphones around a binder clip.
Tangled headphones are a headache that can easily be circumvented. Spin your ear buds around a binder clip, and then clip them to your pocket or shoulder strap.

12. Put shoes in a shower cap.
Avoid dirtying your other clothes from the bottom of shoes. A shower cap is a convenient way to cover filthy bottoms. 

13. Wear your bulkier items on the plane.
Save some space in your luggage and don those jeans, hats and high-top dress shoes. If you're not a fan of that fashion, take into account that those hiking boots you wear on the plane will leave more space in the suitcase for fancier ensembles to be worn in your destination.

14. Leave some room for souvenirs.
Whether you're in New York City for a day or Los Angeles for week, chances are your bag might be a little heavier upon returning, thanks to gifts. Keep a few inches of space open in your luggage for extra purchases. Plus, no one wants to pay steep costs for shipping souvenirs back home.

15. Freshen up a suitcase with a cologne sample.
Put a dryer sheet or magazine cologne sample at the bottom of a suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh.

16. Get guidebooks and relevant pages ready.
Print out destination-specific suggestions on both sides of paper and bookmark key websites to your phone. If possible, download the information to your phone so you won't have to access Internet when visiting overseas. You can also wait until arriving if you're ultra-tight on space. Many airport hotels have business centers where guests can print out pages.

17. Eat like a local
To avoid the pricey tourist traps, seek out the neighborhood restaurants where locals eat. Ask bartenders or taxi drivers where the best off-the-beaten-path spots are. Otherwise, go up to someone on the street and ask where they eat. Generally, they are quite receptive.

18. Use the second bathroom in the terminal.
Skip the long lines for airport bathrooms. Although it may seem obvious, the first bathroom in the terminal is always the busiest. Use the next to one to save precious time.

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