As travelers, we need all the help we can get to keep the hands of fate from choking the hopes out of our vacations; most people work all year just for those measly two weeks away from sludge coffee, dad jokes, and endless TPS reports.
To that end, we've cherry-picked the best travel hacks from this Quora thread, and thrown in a few of our own for good measure. Here are 10 solutions to problems you didn't even know you had when you traveled.
Well, there's no quick fix to you being a loser, but instead of kicking yourself for not investing in that Beach Vault when you had the chance, stick your phone (and any other valuables) in a ziplock bag, zip it up, and bury that sucker! Just remember to leave a marker showing where you buried it, to avoid ending up like the guy pictured above.
Or, y’know, don’t bring your phone to the beach in the first place.
Well worth the dollar or two you’ll spend at the duty-free shop -- just make sure it's unopened. Nobody wants sloppy seconds.
By wrapping your earbuds around the handles of the clip, you can sidestep the frustration of untangling. It also gives you the option of clipping them somewhere specific, like to your backpack strap. Sure, you can buy products that do similar work, but binder clips are way cheaper, and can be stolen from your office's supply cabinet.
Bags marked with this sticker are generally put on top of the rest of the pile, and end up being among the first to hit the baggage claim conveyor belt. That means you can get out of that human bingo game and to the taxi line a whole lot quicker.
You’ll probably have to sign a waiver, absolving the airline of any damage that your fragile items could potentially incur, but if you don’t actually HAVE any fragile items, you’ve got nothing to lose.
Obviously, the benefit of this is eliminated if thieves nab your entire bag, or if your thief has particularly parched lips. But it still gives you an extra barrier of protection that need only be applied once.
Just a word to the wise: Most airlines ban the practice and may assess you a fee for your return trip. Check out Delta's policies, for instance.
Try out hidden city ticketing for yourself here.
Just make sure you're using a common beer, and not some rare Trappist lambic.
Sure, it won’t be the artisanal spring stuff you’re used to, you diva, but it’s better than taking out a mortgage just to quench your thirst. Plus, you can buy one of those fancy ones with a filter built in.
Well, it still has its uses, even without a WiFi connection. Save local maps for offline viewing (here’s how to do it), then put your phone on airplane mode; since the GPS is separate from your phone's Internet connection, you'll be navigating like Magellan (or DeSoto) in no time.
Plus, the battery'll last longer if the phone's not continually searching for a signal, and it can still connect to WiFi when available.
Now you just have to worry about someone stealing the damn thing.
Don't be that guy.
Expedite the security process by wearing a jacket and stuffing the pockets with all your stuff, then place it in the bin with your shoes.
Once you’re through, just pop the jacket back on and you’re on the move, while all the amateurs behind you fumble to gather their accoutrements.