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Marking “fragile” all over your suitcase with red Sharpie might seem like the best way to travel with valuables, but in reality, it’s probably going to end up crowded in the luggage compartment with a bunch of other heavy bags. Ship valuables to your destination instead to make sure they arrive safely.
Did you know the TSA has the authority to open gift-wrapped packages, even ones in your checked luggage (eye roll)? In other words, do not travel with wrapped presents. Either ship your gifts to your destination instead, or pack them up unwrapped and prettify upon arrival.
The only thing worse than a suitcase full of unwrapped gifts? A suitcase full of sticky conditioner. Open each bottle, place a square of saran wrap on top, then secure with a hair tie and twist the cap back on. Voilà: instant seal.
If you haven’t done this already, it’s a total game changer, especially in packed JFK. Sign up for TSA PreCheck ($85 for five years), which will expedite you through security in more than 150 U.S. airports.
It’s inevitable: Everyone in the whole darn airport will be looking for charging stations. Fortunately, those big TVs that are at just about every gate have USB ports on the back. All you have to do is sneakily plug your phone into one (assuming it’s not too high on the wall).
Why wait for the flight attendant to wheel around those frustratingly small bags of snack mix when you could be eating your own treats on demand? We love clementines--they’re small, tasty, easy to pack and you can sniff the peel to lower your stress level on the flight.
Thanks to the screaming baby in row 6, you’re gonna need a drink. But a $14 glass of wine? What are you, a millionaire? Enter Carry-On Cocktail Kit. Available in Moscow Mule, Gin & Tonic or Old Fashioned, this adorable little kit comes with the perfect mix-ins for a mini airplane bottle of booze (think cane sugar, bitters, ginger syrup) and a little spoon or muddler. Best of all, it’s TSA-approved.
You know what the holidays aren’t about? Sitting on the tarmac at JFK for three hours with a bunch of cranky New Yorkers trying to get to Minnesota. Or arriving in Minnesota only to find that all of your gifts are covered in hair conditioner.
This year, we’re ready for anything. Here are seven travel hacks to help save your sanity on your journey.
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