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Keep Earrings Together with a Button

Keep earrings together when you travel, so you won’t have to rifle through your bag when you’re getting ready for a big event. It’s easy: just use a simple button. Insert each earring through a buttonhole and attach the back. If the earrings are “French wire” style (with no back), […]

Pack Half in Your Luggage, Half in Your Partner’s

Pack half of what you’re bringing on vacation in your luggage, and the other half in the luggage of your travel partner. And, your partner should do the same: half of his stuff in his bag, half in yours. That way, if one bag gets lost or delayed, it won’t […]

Store Hair Tools in a Pot Holder for Travel

Store hair tools the easy way when you travel–whether on a long-distance flight or a short-distance drive home from the gym. Use a clean pot holder to tuck away your curling iron, crimper or flat iron. The pot holder’s padding will protect your tools, and its heat resistance will come […]

Free Insurance for Your Car Rental

Free insurance is a great travel perk! But did you know that you don’t have to save up tens of thousands of travel miles to get it? Many credit card companies offer free travel insurance when you rent a car with one of their credit cards. Before you travel–and before […]

Bring Ear Plugs and an Eye Mask when You Travel

Bring ear plugs and an eye mask every time you travel (or even when you’ll be spending the night at your BFFs after an evening out on the town). You can’t plan how noisy or bright your hotel room will be, but you can be prepared. When you bring your own […]

Get WiFi Passwords on Foursquare

Get Wifi passwords the easy way while you’re traveling (or in your own home city!). People often post where they are, what they’re doing, and even the passwords that are helping them do it. The next time you visit a café in a foreign country, or a distant city, or […]

Stash Cash in Empty Lip Balm Tubes

Stash cash when you travel, or even when you’re just going out on the town for an evening or going out for a run in your neighborhood. Here’s a simple hack to save your cash from robbers (or overspending after a few too many): use an empty lip balm tube. […]

Reserve Two Seats on an Airplane (and Get 3)

Reserve two seats on an airplane and you are likely to get an entire row. Here’s what to do: when you and a friend are planning to fly together, book one seat on the aisle and one at the window–in the same row. If the flight’s not booked, chances are slim […]

Powerstrip Love: Be the Hero for Other Travelers

Powerstrip love is a 21st century kind of love. It’s what happens when there are a bunch of people crowding around one outlet at a café, library or any other place where people gravitate to get their work done (or watch videos of cute puppies). Typically, there are far too […]

Rolled Clothing Packs Easily – Travel Hack

Rolled clothing is the secret to successful last-minute packing–you’ll fit more into your luggage and it’s much faster than folding each item of clothing! Start with the larger, heavier items like pants and sweaters. Roll each one and lay the rolled items into the center of your suitcase or duffel […]

Fill Shoes with Unmentionables for Traveling

Fill shoes with underwear, lingerie, or any other tiny things that you are planning to bring along the next time you travel. Your shoes can take up quite a bit of space in a suitcase or overnight bag. But the space inside of the shoes doesn’t need to be wasted! […]

Eyeglass Cases Are the Best Place for Cords

Eyeglass cases have more to offer than simply storing your hipster shades. When you’re traveling, put your cords in a hard case to keep them safe on the trip. If you’re flying, remember to pack your case full of cords in your carry-on bag (along with a little extra treat to […]

Luggage Freshness Comes from a Dryer Sheet

Luggage freshness means a lot when your travel destination is important: an interview, a business meeting or meeting the parents, you want to smell fresh and clean–that is, not like the inside of a musty suitcase. The simple way to keep your clothes smelling fresh during a trip is with […]

Pill Cases Are Perfect for Packing Jewelry

Pill cases come in handy in everyday life–you can use them for sorting your medicine or vitamins once a week and be all set. When you travel, these tiny cases double as a simple jewelry holders. Place your earrings, necklaces and bracelets in a weekly (or daily) pill case. They won’t get […]

Travel Hack with a Paperclip

Next time you travel, go a little “MacGyver” with this simple hack with a paperclip. If you don’t have a suitcase lock handy, yet still don’t want your luggage wide open, spilling all over the baggage carousel, the humble paperclip is your best friend. Just take a paperclip, open it […]

Left Part of Your Charger Behind?

Imagine you’re on the road and you feel like you left something behind, but can’t quite put your finger on it.. You know that part of your charger that plugs into the wall–to charge your phone? If that’s what you’ve left behind and you’re traveling, here’s a simple hack you can […]

Travel Hack: Wrap Your Shoes in Shower Caps

Why on Earth would you put your shoes in shower caps? Well, on most days you wouldn’t, but when you are packing your suitcase, remember this travel hack: wrap your shoes in shower caps to protect them and especially to keep your clothes from getting “scuffed.” When you arrive at […]

Airport Hack: Save Money on Bottled Water

OK, Mr. Airport, we’ve got you figured out. First, you charge FIVE DOLLARS for a bottle of water that we could get at the local convenience store for 99 cents. Then, your henchmen order us to ditch that $5 bottle in order to get to our flight on time. Nice […]

Travel Hack: Use a Binder Clip to Protect… Everything

When you’re traveling, you probably want to look good when you get to your destination. But in the rush to pack, you may have thrown your razor in with a bunch things that don’t need shaving. This travel hack will prevent your favorite cashmere sweater from being shred to bits: […]

Traveling with Wine? Try This Travel Hack

Traveling with wine has its ups and downs. The upside is arriving at your destination and not having to shop for the perfect bottle of wine. Just open your bag, and there it is–unless, of course, the bottle broke during the trip. If you’re planning on bringing a nice bottle of […]

For Travel Peace of Mind: Scan Your Docs

Before you travel, scan or photograph each of your important travel documents–your tickets, itinerary and of course your passport. That way, if you… lose your passport, drop your tickets while you’re in line or use the back of your itinerary to make a shopping list, you’ll still have an image of each. […]

Traveling with Cosmetics Is Easy with This Trick

Traveling with cosmetics doesn’t mean bringing your entire medicine chest along in your overnight bag. When you travel, of course you want to look your best, and that means remembering to moisturize each morning and night. If you’re flying, your skin may be especially dry and you will be up against […]

Prevent Luggage Leaks with Plastic Wrap

Prevent luggage leaks of shampoo, suntan lotion, or anything else that can leak onto the contents of your suitcase and get your vacation off to a soggy start. If you’ve ever opened up your luggage and found a mess of lotion or soap (and no dry clothes), this hack is just what […]

A Belt Hack for Traveling

This belt hack saves time and space. When you are packing for a trip, tuck a belt inside a shirt collar. Just wrap the belt into a circle and set it inside a shirt collar. It’s a great way to save space and, when you arrive at your destination, you won’t […]

Credit Card Hack for Traveling Abroad

A credit card hack is what you need before traveling abroad, and this is a simple one. Take a few minutes to call each of your credit card issuers and give your travel dates and destinations. Before you take your international dream vacation, be sure that you will be use your […]

Where Did You Park? Hint: It’s on Google Maps

Where did you park? And who took your car? When you walk out of a business meeting, or leave a restaurant after a great meal with friends, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour looking for your car. You may wonder, “Did it get towed?” “Was […]

Check Your Flight the Simple Way

Check your flight the simplest way in the world, and save a lot of time while you’re at it. Oh, sometimes things are just so easy. If you are traveling by air, there’s no need to go to the airline’s website or to go completely old school and call the […]

Fly and Drink without Spending a Lot of Money

Fly and drink by bringing your own (small) bottle when you travel. No searching for your credit card or cash to pay the cabin attendant, and no waiting for that cart to finally make it to your row. Sometimes it’s nice to relax a bit before takeoff—and again after you reach […]

Charge Your Phone Quickly with this Hack

Charge your phone the quick and easy way. It seems that phone batteries get low at the worst possible times. Charging can take a while, depending on the type of phone you have and the apps running on it. What to do? Convince your phone that it’s going on vacation […]

Egg Muffins Are Simple and Nutritious

These egg muffins are so easy to make that they qualify for “hack” status. This recipe will save time when you make a dozen at once, then enjoy one or two for breakfast each morning all week long. Chop and mix your favorite vegetables (or the ones you need to […]

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Remove Cherry Pits with a Lollipop Stick

Remove cherry pits before you serve a bowl of cherries and you won’t have to worry about your kids chocking on the pits–or spitting them out at their siblings. First, wash the cherries. Use a narrow-necked bottle, like a wine bottle or an old-fashioned soda bottle. If the cherry has […]

Create Font Based on Your Handwriting

Create font based on your very own handwriting. Just a few years ago, creating a font took months of work by a graphic designer. Today, you can create a font based on your own handwriting, the easy way. High tech meets low tech at a website that will walk you through the […]

DIY Nail Art with a Band-Aid

DIY nail art can be simple, fun and oh-so chic–all you need are a couple of Band-Aids. First, paint your nails with a base color. You can add a clear top-coat over the base, or over your “art” or, for a super long-lasting manicure, over both. Place the end of […]

Perfect Mascara Using a Business Card

Perfect mascara can be yours, at last. You want to coat all your lashes, from the base all the way up–but it can get messy. Try this: hold a business card at the base of your lashes. The card will absorb the extra mascara that would otherwise end up all […]

Remove Water Stains with a Hair Dryer

Remove water stains from your coffee tables, dining room table or even your piano bench (!) with the concentrated heat of your hair dryer. Cool glasses of water or hot cops of tea–along with those sippy cups full of juice that your kids love–leave a white mark on wood furniture. […]

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Check Your Flight the Simple Way

Check your flight the simplest way in the world, and save a lot of time while you’re at it. Oh, sometimes things are just so easy. If you are traveling by air, there’s no need to go to the airline’s website or to go completely old school and call the […]

Left Part of Your Charger Behind?

Imagine you’re on the road and you feel like you left something behind, but can’t quite put your finger on it.. You know that part of your charger that plugs into the wall–to charge your phone? If that’s what you’ve left behind and you’re traveling, here’s a simple hack you can […]

For Travel Peace of Mind: Scan Your Docs

Before you travel, scan or photograph each of your important travel documents–your tickets, itinerary and of course your passport. That way, if you… lose your passport, drop your tickets while you’re in line or use the back of your itinerary to make a shopping list, you’ll still have an image of each. […]

Egg Muffins Are Simple and Nutritious

These egg muffins are so easy to make that they qualify for “hack” status. This recipe will save time when you make a dozen at once, then enjoy one or two for breakfast each morning all week long. Chop and mix your favorite vegetables (or the ones you need to […]

Pack Half in Your Luggage, Half in Your Partner’s

Pack half of what you’re bringing on vacation in your luggage, and the other half in the luggage of your travel partner. And, your partner should do the same: half of his stuff in his bag, half in yours. That way, if one bag gets lost or delayed, it won’t […]

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Travel Hack: Wrap Your Shoes in Shower Caps

Why on Earth would you put your shoes in shower caps? Well, on most days you wouldn’t, but when you are packing your suitcase, remember this travel hack: wrap your shoes in shower caps to protect them and especially to keep your clothes from getting “scuffed.” When you arrive at […]

Where Did You Park? Hint: It’s on Google Maps

Where did you park? And who took your car? When you walk out of a business meeting, or leave a restaurant after a great meal with friends, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour looking for your car. You may wonder, “Did it get towed?” “Was […]

Egg Muffins Are Simple and Nutritious

These egg muffins are so easy to make that they qualify for “hack” status. This recipe will save time when you make a dozen at once, then enjoy one or two for breakfast each morning all week long. Chop and mix your favorite vegetables (or the ones you need to […]