travel smart(er) | tips, tricks, and hacks for better traveling

  1. Maura Mcgillicuddy says:

    Some of my tips…when you wash your hands, sing happy birthday to yourself twice! Learned that when I worked in a hospital. Also, I packed two pairs of black pants and two pairs of grey pants, all knits for comfort and to weigh less in suitcase. Mixed and matched with three short sleeved white tee shirts and three long sleeved tee shirt–one each on red, purple and white. Packed a Ralph Lauren quilted black vest. Included two light weight sweaters and one tailored sweatshirt that matched both black and grey pants. Since the trip was in October in Europe, I even included a pair of gloves! Even had room for souvenirs!

  2. Suzi says:

    While I am sure these tips are good for those new to your website, most of these seem to be ones you have used before. I love your blog but looking for new ideas and style tips.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      hopefully, you’ve gleaned some new information on this post. of course, certain topics like packing with cubes can sound
      redundant but we added a few other tips too.

  3. Julie Mycock says:

    Hi Beth, I love the packing cubes we use them all the time. I did try the silicone travel bottle, mine were a different make but I wasn’t too impressed as mine leaked so I use travel bottles instead. Some great tips thank you xoxo

  4. Suzanne M Smith says:

    Good travel tips. I do a lot of these things whenever I’m on the road as well. I have been happy to be in one place for once since I’m retired. I’ll travel again for sure, but I was a major road warrior for so many years that I’ve actually been thoroughly enjoying the quiet for now. But I will definitely head out again because I love travel for me! 😉

    • Beth Djalali says:

      i bet you are more than happy to stay home for a bit. when you’re a road warrior for so long it’s nice to stay put.
      mr. style and i did just that for several years after we returned back to the States.

  5. Lindsey A says:

    Quick question Beth – in your cubes, do you group by item (ie, all pants in one cube, all tops in another) or group by outfit options (ie pants with a couple of tops to go with it)?

    I don’t use cubes but tend to put all my ‘bottoms’ at the wheels end of my suitcase and my tops at the other end so I know where things are.

    For my 7 year old though, when I pack for her, I fold the top and bottom together (her clothes are so small I never need the additional space savings gained from rolling!), so that she can have the independence of pulling out her own pre-prepared complete outfit and we’re not left at the end of a trip with a hideously clashing outfit! I’m starting to realize what a time-saving hack it could be for me too – more time on the front end but less on the trip end, which is the right way around! So just curious which way you do it.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      i pack tops in one cube, bottoms in one cube, lingerie in one cube, etc… as i mix and match my outfits all during vacation.
      but that’s a great solution for your 7-year old! all she has to do is open her cube, and voila, instant outfit. genius.

  6. Ali Fraser says:

    Hi Beth
    I always travel with a small torch (flashlight). I use my torch on long haul flights when the plane lights get turned off to find things I in my bag rather than switch on my personal light and disturb other passengers.
    I also keep it on the hotel bedside table in case of a power failure or an emergency situation in the middle of the night. And, if you are sharing the room with a partner or travel companion, you don’t disturb them by turning on the light if you need to go to the bathroom.
    A torch is also useful if walking down a badly lit street and, worse case scenario, could be used to try and defend yourself (fingers crossed this will never happen).

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