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How to travel like a pro: 6 winter travel hacks

Traveling in winter? Check out these clever travel hacks to plan, pack and get away while remaining sane.

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Travel can sometimes be stressful, especially in winter. Follow these practical winter travel hacks to learn how to holiday like a pro.

Pack smart by rolling instead of folding

Winter travel calls for expert packing skills. And when it comes to space-saving winter travel hacks, the secret is to use these two simple rules: heavy stuff at the bottom and rolling clothes rather than folding. With so many layers required for winter travels, it’s no surprise that we end up with the suitcase full to bursting most of the time. Even if you’re travelling to warmer climes, you still have your airport clothes to think about. To save lighter items from possible damage and keep the suitcase zipper in check, place all of your bulky sweaters, puffer jackets, shoes, and other large items at the bottom of the suitcase. Rolling all the lighter clothing items and tying them lightly with rubber bands will help you keep them compact and save space.

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Plan your outfits carefully

One key to traveling light is only packing what you need. Of course, it’s always easier said than done, but if you stick to one color scheme or pack neutral colors only, you’ll find it easier to mix and match items so that you have a new ensemble each day. Try to visualize your outfits and pack only those items that you know you’ll wear more than once. Overpacking can be a costly mistake thanks to excess baggage charges, so make sure you don’t fall into the trap.

Invest in a portable battery

You’ll be surprised by how useful this little travel hack can be. When you’re exploring a foreign city or setting out on a hike and your phone suddenly runs out of juice, things can get difficult quickly. Keep in mind that weather changes can wreak havoc on smartphone batteries. Both cold and hot temperatures can cause internal resistance which slows your smartphone down and drains its life more quickly. Make sure you’re prepared when you’re on your travels and invest in a battery back-up, it’ll be one less thing to think about.

Mark your bags as fragile

Want to make sure your bags survive the trip in the luggage hold? Use this sneaky travel hack to ensure the airport staff take extra care with your luggage. Plus, your bags have more chance of coming out first! ‘Fragile’ tape is cheap and easily available online.

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Protect yourself from winter bugs

One of the smartest things you can do before your winter trip is to get a flu shot. The stress of traveling, air conditioning on the plane and harsh weather changes, can easily compromise your immune system. Your winter vacation is the worst time to get sick, so get vaccinated two weeks before you travel and no airport lounge will scare you.

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