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7 Life Hacks For Brock University Students Travelling Abroad

7 Life Hacks For Brock University Students Traveling Abroad

Part of your time at university is seeing the world, and experiencing everything there is out there. For Brock University students who planning on traveling abroad, there are a couple of life hacks you should take with you. Especially if you want to minimize the stress you’re carting around, so you can focus on the trip experience.

Hack #1: Delete Your Cookies Before You Book Your Trip

Whether you’re booking a flight or a hotel room, your technology might be actively working against you while you’re trying to make reservations. If your computer tracks cookies (and most of the time it does, unless you specifically turned them off for certain sites), then your previous search history can influence the rates you’re getting quoted. If you’re wondering why you aren’t getting the same good deals you may have gotten in the past (especially if you’ve been online comparison shopping for your upcoming trip), clear your history, and watch the prices you’re being asked to pay drop.

Hack #2: Travel Early, Book Late

Red eye flights (those that leave late at night or early in the morning, depending on your view point) are some of the least expensive options you can take. The general formula is that the more inconvenient your travel time is, the less you’ll have to pay for it because the airport still wants a full plane even if it departs at an early hour. Additionally, when you reserve your hotel, do so at a later time of the day. VIPs tend to check-in early, and you’ll have a little more room to request upgrades if you show up after all of the late checkout guests have departed, and housekeeping has had a chance to tidy up a bit.

Hack #3: Roll Your Clothes Instead of Folding Them

When you’re packing a bag, how many times have you wished you could fit more stuff in there? What if there was a way to do that, while simultaneously avoiding wrinkles in the clothes you’re bringing with you? Well, there is. All you have to do is take your clothes, and roll them instead of folding them. This compacts your clothes, ensuring they take up as little room as possible in your bag, and at the same time it eliminates the tendency for wrinkles and creases to form during your travels. It might even mean you can use a smaller, lighter bag for your trips, which is always a good thing.

Hack #4: Embrace Rewards Programs

Whether you only travel rarely, or you’re hitting the road on a fairly regular basis, it’s always a good idea to sign up for travel rewards programs. These programs are free, give you snazzy rewards, and since you’re already incurring these expenses anyway, you might as well get something extra out of them. They can help you acquire everything from frequent flyer miles, to better accommodations, to allowing you to bring more people with you than you could otherwise afford to have.

Hack #5: Bring A Power Strip With You

How many times have you been at an airport cafe, and everyone has been clustered around an outlet waiting to charge their phone, their laptop, their tablet, etc.? Well, if you have a power strip in your bag, even if it’s a small one, you can instantly become a hero to your fellow travelers. And when you get to your room, you won’t have to switch out which devices are getting charged in what area, which is another great bonus to bringing this ounce of preparation with you.

Hack #6: Always Bring Broken-In Clothes

While it’s tempting to get new outfits for your trip, you’re better off taking clothes (especially shoes) that you’ve broken-in, and are comfortable with, when you’re on the road. The last thing you want is to have on a shirt that chafes, shoes that squeeze, or a belt that rubs you wrong when you’re on a long flight, and you won’t be able to change until you finally get where you’re going. Worse if you’re trying to be personable and engaging, but those new shoes are giving you blisters.

Hack #7: Bring Some Plastic Grocery Bags

We all have a drawer full of plastic grocery bags at home, and you should bring a handful of them with you whenever you go on a mission trip. They allow you to separate your dirty clothes without smelling up your bag, they’re good for packing extra stuff in, and they can be a life saver when you need to keep your lotions, shampoo, etc. separate from everything else, and you don’t want to worry about accidental spills in transit. Think of them like duct tape; you might not know specifically what job you’re keeping it in your toolbox for, but you always have a roll of it in there just in case you actually need it.

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