WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL “HACK?”
|“Hack” is shorthand for a shortcut or a trick that can make your life easier. They can apply to any area of life, from cooking to cleaning to dining out. And, they are not only innovative approaches to tackling life’s challenges, but entertaining as well. We’ve taken a look around and come up with a list of hacks you can use when planning your next trip.
- In a rental car, look at the little icon for the gas pump. The direction the gas handle is pointing is the side of the car where you put your gas in.
- Put your smartphone on “airplane mode” to make it charge faster.
- Forgot your phone charger attachment or have the wrong voltage? Power up by plugging your cord into the USB port found on the back of most hotel TVs.
- Take a photo with your phone of where you park your car at the airport. That way, you can remember where your car is.
- Take a photo of your rental car for scratches and dings BEFORE you leave the lot.
- If on a road trip, take a photo of your car’s license so you have it when you register at your hotel.
- Can’t hear the alarm clock? Set the alarm on your smartphone and put it in an empty glass near your bed. The sound will be amplified.
- Take photos with your smartphone as you pack so you have a visual inventory of what you’ve packed, just in case your bags get lost.
- Take an HDMI cord to connect your laptop, phone, or tablet to the hotel TV. You can then stream your favorite NETFLIX movie, Amazon Prime or other services you might have. We are addicted to MhZ Choice for International Mysteries.
MAKE DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
- Use Google Maps even when you don’t have phone service. When you are online, find the point of interest (like your hotel) and load its profile. Tap the three dots in the top right corner, then click “Save offline map.” When offline, locate the place in the Google Maps app under “Your Places.”
- Did you know you can use a shoe to open a wine bottle? Here’s how: Remove foil. Place bottom of bottle inside the shoe (works best with a brogue or something similar). Find a sturdy wall (brick or concrete) and repeatedly bang the shoe sole (containing the wine bottle) against it. Use force and expect to repeat banging motion about 20 times. The cork will eventually emerge.
- Smartphone + empty toilet roll = instant boom box.
If you cannot do any of the above tips, please come to the lab. You can schedule either a one on one with your phone or take one of our classes.
See you soon.