Mom Hacks: Helpful travel tips for a family road trip

(WMBD) — Summer break will be here before you know it, and if you plan on hitting the road with your family for a getaway, it’ll take some preparation!

This week, Kyreon Lee spoke with conscious parenting coach and YouTube creator, Nekole Amber Eaton, who offers some tips to make the most out of your family vacation.

Eaton suggests the following tips and tricks for your family:

  • If you are traveling a distance, consider making the travel to and from as spacious as possible. Our little ones might have a harder time regulating their bodies, so incorporating physical activities like the playground, or opportunities to run, jump, slide, swing, or even swim between long stationary aspects of the trip can be a game-changer in terms of patience and adaptability.
  • For older kids, keep in mind that they may desire more alone time or independence to feel calm and open to collective experiences. So remain open to supporting their preferences in these areas, and consider items such as noise-canceling headphones for music, books, or even some fun guided meditations
  • Aiming for novel experiences/activities can not only create beautiful memories but also opens the door for growth, increased creativity, and getting to know ourselves and our loved ones better. Through these experiences, healing conversations and a deeper bonding become more readily available.
  • If at all possible, consider incorporating something meaningful to each person on the trip. This creates an opportunity to see the world through that person’s lens while creating a significant memory for each individual. Eaton said she believes that ultimately this level of intentionality and awareness is what fosters a deeper level of connection to our family members and loved ones.
    • Examples: Favorite meal, outdoor activity, scenic route, etc

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The best packing hacks right now to make travelling a breeze

IN MARCH 2022 Jet2, Ryanair, and easyJet announced that they will only allow you to take one piece of hand luggage on the plane with you, free of charge.

This must fit under the seat in front of you, and if not, you could be facing additional charges.

Follow these packing tips and tricks and avoid having to pay additional baggage fees this summer


Follow these packing tips and tricks and avoid having to pay additional baggage fees this summerCredit: Getty

Since this announcement searches for ‘packing hacks for flying’ have increased by 175% as holiday goers try to save space, and even more importantly, money.

Casumo have put together a round-up of the best packing tips and tricks that are currently trending on TikTok.

With all of these available in one place, you’ll never have to scramble for last minute help again.

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Roll your clothes

Instead of folding your clothes try rolling them. This will not only save space but will also reduce the amount of creases that develop while travelling.

TikTok user @mrsblinks has filmed herself using this technique, and through rolling she manages to pack a shocking amount of clothes into a small weekend suitcase.

Use compression bags

An ‘essential’ packing aide shared by @sideofsequins is the compression bag.

Simply pop your clothes in the bag, roll out the excess air, and pack! Just remember to also pack a steamer so you don’t spend your holidays in wrinkled clothing.

Fill your travel pillow

Upon being asked to pay $60 dollars for a carry-on @anayotothe proceeded to stuff all of her extra clothes into a travel pillow. “Make sure to get a pillow with a zipper for easy stuffing,” she says.

Buy a packing cube

Packing cubes are an ideal item for those long-term travellers. @scorpionbabygirl managed to fit 8 months’ worth of clothes into just one cube!

Use a clothes organiser

TikToker @lorafied has changed the packing game with this ‘1 step pack and unpack travel hack.’

Just fold your clothes, put them in a clothes organiser and then place this in your suitcase. You can then hang this up when you reach you destination.

Do the bag inside a bag trick

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Just pack your items into small bags before placing these inside a bigger bag, and, so long as they all fit you can take all of these on your flight as carry-on luggage.

‘My biggest tip is the bag inside of a bag inside of a bag tip!’ says @laurenkawano. Bags are great for packing shoes as well as your underwear. Don’t forget to pack an extra bag for dirty clothes!

Pillow flies for free

According to @nolimitua this method has been used on many flights, each with the crew none the wiser.

All you need to do is stuff your pillowcase with the clothes you can’t fit into your luggage – although commenters have pointed out that if this method gets too popular flight attendants may crack down on it.

DIY neck pillow

Another viral packing tip is the DIY neck pillow posted to TikTok by @kristenashleyblack. Just roll up any extra clothes into your jumper, wrap the sleeves around your neck, and you’ve got yourself a DIY neck pillow! ‘You criticise, I improvise’ she says.

Use the vacuum trick

TikTok user @bblawncarekc shares this super quick and easy tip. All you need to do is put your clothes in a bin bag and wrap the bag around the nozzle of your hoover! The hoover will remove all of the air – reducing the size by up to 4x!

The string bag/pregnancy hack

This tip may be somewhat dubious. TikToker @miniadventures faked a pregnancy to bring extra luggage onboard a flight.

She used a bag to create a fake baby bump and wore a hoodie on top of this. Later adding that she even got priority boarding due to ‘being pregnant.’

One easy tip shared onTikTok is using a clothes organiser to help with packing


One easy tip shared onTikTok is using a clothes organiser to help with packingCredit: Tiktok/@miniadvantures
Hang the items straight up when you arrive and avoid any stressful unpacking too


Hang the items straight up when you arrive and avoid any stressful unpacking tooCredit: Tiktok/@miniadvantures

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Travel Hacks for the Super Rich, From Bling Empire’s Christine Chiu

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(Bloomberg) — At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we’re doing it right. So we’re talking to globe-trotters in all of our luxury fields–food, wine, fashion, cars, real estate–to learn about their high-end hacks, tips, and off-the-wall experiences. These are the Distinguished Travel Hackers.

Christine Chiu, 39, is the co-founder and co-owner of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery and the Regenerative Medicine Aesthetic Institute. She’s a philanthropist and haute couture collector who recently co-starred in Netflix’s riff on Crazy Rich Asians, the reality series Bling Empire.

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Her favorite airline is Air France, specifically its La Premiere cabin. “I fly everywhere La Premiere, even if I have to connect,” she says, “I haven’t seen another airline that kind of checks off all of the boxes perfectly well: friendly, upbeat attendants, great food, great selection of wine and Champagne, and convenience factors like driving you up to the plane.”

Her annual flying schedule calls for at least 100,000 miles in the air. “If you think about how many fashion weeks there are in a year–add all of them up and on top of that, family trips. And then, if you add both private and commercials, that number gets some rather large quickly.”

She lives in Los Angeles and Malibu with her husband Gabriel and almost-four-year-old son, another Gabriel, though he’s better known as Bling Empire breakout Baby G.

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Here is her advice for those who roam the world, along with her hacks for high-end travel.

Even on a plane, there’s no reason to look slouchy.

“I really love [Air France’s] La Premiere pajamas, and I actually collect them. I have a spare bedroom that is, like, filled with them. They usually collaborate with a designer, like Christian Lacroix. The cut is great, which I really appreciate. They rarely carry extra small and small, just medium and large. So now I call in advance to make sure they have an extra small on board. You also don’t want the bottom of the pants to drag on the dirty airplane floors. Even though you’re sleeping on a plane, you still would prefer not to be dressed in a potato sack.”

Don’t be one of those people who always wants to be seen around Fashion Week.

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“Avoid visiting a city during Fashion Week unless you’re absolutely attending. That is when the entire world congregates in one place, in one tiny space, and so everything is going to require reservations, and hotel prices will be double, triple. So, if you’re not physically attending a fashion show, you’re best to avoid Fashion Weeks altogether, and travel before or after.”

Chiu mistrusts travel agents, so here’s how she finds hot restaurants and bars. 

“I, unfortunately, have had really bad experiences with travel agents. So I don’t rely on them. What I usually do is, I call the hotel concierge first and have them send me every possible activity, like tours or museums. I’ll book one of them, then call the business and get ahold of someone, and I’ll say, ‘By the way, before the museum, I’m thinking of having lunch. Where would you recommend?’ Or, ‘After our tour I’m thinking of having a cocktail, where do you think has the best view?’ I really like to ask the business owners–99% of the time, they’re very open to say, ‘Make sure you try this.’ They do want to help each other out.”

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How to become friends with the hotel concierge: Ask them about themselves.

“I always ask a concierge how long they’ve been at that hotel and how long they’ve been in the area, because that’s how relationships are established. I think Plaza Athenée and Le Bristol in Paris, both those hotels have phenomenal concierges. This just happened in January: I wanted a private tour of the Louvre, and this was the night before, and I had an hour to spare. I was with a friend; he’s never been to the Louvre. I want to take him on a private tour at the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa privately. And the Bristol was able to set it up with less than 24 hours.”

Here’s how to score a private tour of  the Sistine Chapel.

“Some museums or historical sites or venues, they usually have a foundation or a restoration program that you can donate to, and then you work with them to see what’s possible and what’s permissible with that organization. And we’ve taken private tours of the Vatican Museum and at the Sistine Chapel, and then we had lunch in the inner sanctuary garden that way. That’s such a special visit that I really didn’t want to share with hundreds of thousands of people, if I could avoid it.  I think during the pandemic, especially–just for crowd control and safety during Covid–that was more of a priority to take private tours like that.”

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You don’t ever need to set foot in an airline terminal, even when flying commercial.

“So, I’m sure you’ve heard of Private Suite or PS at LAX: We’ve been using them since they started, and we rely heavily on them getting out of, and coming back into, LA. It’s like a hotel next to the international airport where you go in, they have a full menu, full bar, lots of amenities. You can get your hair blown out, your nails done, you can have a massage. And when it’s time to board, they will ask you if you’d like to be first to board or the last to board, and they will drive you up on the tarmac directly to the plane. And then you get into your seat. They check in your luggage for you, and the best part of PS to me is the private [Transportation Security Administration]. I recently started to notice that a lot of the airlines have their own special added first-class service where they do pick people up straight from the plane at other airports. Take JFK. I’ve been coming on my own to New York and not flying private a lot recently. You don’t have to ever step foot in JFK airport when you land: They have a special parking lot where your driver comes in, pre-screened, and they grab your luggage, load your car, and you go from the plane to your car and on to your hotel. It’s Delta VIP Select or American Airlines Five Star Select. I was a little upset with American Express Centurion, because I called and described this to them, and they had no clue about it–and they’re supposed to know about this stuff. I found them by Googling ‘VIP services,’ and lo and behold, airlines do have them. There are all sorts of additional travel services you can add on, like an à la carte to your flight.”

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Turn your flight into a wine bar, Chiu-style.

“I like to do my own wine tasting on the plane. When you get a menu and you have all of the wine selections, I have no shame. I ask for 10 glasses and I take a little of each one, and that’s another opportunity for me to learn about the wine. I tell them I want to do a wine tasting because my vacation has already started. It started with the wine tasting.” 

Travel insurance isn’t the only thing she won’t travel without.

“Always get extraction insurance from a company like Global Rescue that sends medically equipped air, ground, water personnel and transportation to remove you from a place should there be an emergency. It’s not super expensive, and there’s an app and always a phone number to call. One of our friends was stuck in a country where there was a civil uprising one morning, and they were scrambling and in severe distress; they told us to do it. In recent years we’ve found it to be really, at least very helpful for peace of mind, because I know one time we had gone to Morocco, and we stopped in Barcelona and there was political unrest. The fact that we had options was very comforting.”

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If you want to hit the ground running when you arrive anywhere, do this.

“A travel ritual of mine: Always have the hotel do the unpacking. A lot of time is spent just unpacking all of your luggage, and I think it breaks the energy and the vibe of the excitement of being in a new place. And you’re like, ‘Oh, now have to unpack everything and hang everything up.’ And before you know it, you’ve spent an hour, hour and a half, two hours, taking everything out of your luggage, and then you’re exhausted and you just want to lay down. I think it’s a simple luxury that you can outsource to the staff, so when you step foot in the new city, you can go exploring. Just tip them well, of course.”

Chiu’s favorite hotel has its own cows.

“My favorite hotel room would be the house we stayed in at Blackberry Farm. it’s a beautiful home–beautifully decorated, super lux–but in a very Americana comfortable way. I think the entire property is just really remarkable and special, especially to be shared as a family. Whether it’s milking cows in the morning, or goats, or doing a farm-to-table meal prep with a chef, to fly fishing and going to the shooting range, archery, there’s just so much to enjoy, to take in. Especially since we’re urban folks, it makes me happy to see Baby G thrive in a more natural setting. You get all of the trimmings of the farm but in a very, like, five-star luxurious way.”

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Chiu says it’s important to fit in when you travel. Here’s how.

“I tend to go to Google for images of current fashion trends or attire of wherever I’m going, because I like to blend in as much as possible. Not Instagram. Instagram’s tricky, because it’s a lot of tourists, so I use Google. The reason is that you tend to have better service and reception from others when you maybe even look a little bit more like them. This is from personal experience. I went shopping in Paris, it was my first trip. I think I was right out of college or maybe just barely in my last year of college, and I was wearing plain old running Nikes and maybe a fanny pack before fanny packs were in. I looked like a tour bus just dumped me right on Avenue Montaigne. And unfortunately, I did have a little bit of a Pretty Woman moment. I learned very quickly that you can make very small adjustments to your attire, and somehow you just get things done faster and better. It’s like when you go to the Vatican, and you cover your modesty situation. You just do a little research.”

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Never be as gauche as planning just one thing at a time.

“I plan everything in advance, and then I’m not shy about canceling. Of course, I notify the venue or the restaurants or the activity coordinator; I make sure I understand their cancellation policy. But my strategy with travel is to book up my entire day and then see how I feel, because I always have that backup plan. Sometimes, I have double restaurant reservations and I see what I feel like to eat for lunch or for dinner. I always have multiple activities planned. And then we’ll see what the weather looks like today–maybe it’s raining, I’m not going to go hiking today, so we’ll cancel that tour, but we’re going to go into a museum for a private curated session. So, I book out my day to the fullest, like a crazy person, and then I edit.”

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This is her No.1 parenting hack when traveling.

“Any parent of a young child knows that it’s really a schlep, because there’s a lot of stuff you have to bring: a stroller, car seat, toys, books, stuff to keep them entertained, extra clothing, diapers, materials. Your luggage count just doubles, triples, when you have a child. So I think that makes private travel very much appreciated: Your valet takes you right up to the plane and loads all of your stuff, and the kid goes on with you. And if there’s Wi-Fi, they’re watching a movie or they’re running around in a plane. Every airport has airport butler service–you just have to find the number and get it done. On the rare occasions that they don’t, I usually ask the airline if I can book a trolley or, like, a cart, so that way you’re not schlepping through airport terminals with a child and a stroller and a car seat and all of the toys. You have that little cart, with a little beeper, pick you up right when you get off the plane.”

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The 8 Best Airport Hacks Every Expert Traveler Knows — Best Life

When it comes to travel, few places give folks more anxiety than the airport. Why? From flight delays to long security lines, there are a lot of hurdles to cross on the way to a destination. But airports don’t have to be scary or anxiety-inducing. When it comes to air travel, there are some go-to hacks you can use to make the most of your time… because, yes, you’ve earned this vacation!

As a travel writer, I can personally attest to these tips. Airports used to give me so much anxiety. Now, I love heading to even the busiest of airports because I know everything is going to be okay. Here are the best airport hacks from experts that you should commit to memory for your next trip.

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TSA PreCheck Banner at the Airport
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Every day, between one and two million travelers are using TSA PreCheck, according to TSA. That means roughly 10 to 20 percent of all PreCheck users are utilizing their status daily since the program hit 10 million members back in 2020. Even if the waits are a little bit longer than they used to be, TSA still reports that wait times are one-third of those in regular security lines. When you don’t have to take your shoes off, unpack electronics, or remove liquids from your bag, PreCheck changes the whole experience of getting through security.

Plus many credit cards offer reimbursement for the application fee, so signing up doesn’t have many downsides.

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Global Entry Card Inside A U.S. Passport
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In signing up for TSA PreCheck, you also have the option to register for Global Entry. Like PreCheck, many credit cards also reimburse the Global Entry fee as well. This handy feature allows you to bypass the often lengthy re-entry lines coming back to the United States. I can personally say I have never waited in a single line coming back to the States through customs since getting Global Entry—whereas my travel companions have waited upwards of 45 minutes to an hour at times.

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While several airports (like O’Hare) have their own security wait time estimates listed on their websites, TSA has its own system. With the MyTSA app, you can check wait times, what items are allowed through security, and even get help from agents. Knowing how long the security line might take will alleviate the stress of knowing how soon to arrive before your flight.

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As is the case with most aspects of travel, last-minute choices often mean higher price points. Although not specifically about airport parking, INRIX data found that Americans overpay for parking to the tune of $20 billion a year.

Waiting until you get to the airport to reserve parking might also mean the lot you wanted to park in could be full. Save yourself the hassle and a few dollars by booking your parking spot before you’re ready to fly.

Person Holding Phone Open to Airport Terminals

Running through the terminal to catch a short layover flight is stressful enough, let alone in an airport you may be unfamiliar with. Having an airport map downloaded for quick reference ensures that you’ll know where you’re going. Having the map saved to your phone can give you peace of mind (without worrying about having decent cellphone coverage).

Yes, technology in or around airports is still a tricky scenario. Case in point: AT&T announced in Jan. 2022 that their 5G rollout near airports was being delayed.

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Full Airport Parking Lot

Not remembering where your car is is the worst part of parking in a big lot. And if you’ve been there, you’re not alone: A 2020 study by the University of York suggests that there’s no middle ground in site-specific memory. You either remember… or you don’t.

Luckily, there are several ways to ensure you aren’t pressing the car alarm button frantically, hoping to hear a familiar chirp. Taking a photo of where your car is, as well as its section information, can be a helpful trick. Another option is to drop a pin on the car’s location using your phone’s map feature. There are even phone apps dedicated to this purpose: Find My Car and GPS Vehicle Tracker are two good options.

Three Brightly Colored Suitcases

As of January 2022, the Department of Transportation reports that less than 1% of checked bags were mishandled (i.e. lost, delayed, damaged, or looted) that month. Although there’s not much you can do if and when an airline loses your luggage, keeping some tricks in mind can save you time at the baggage carousel.

When purchasing luggage, buy pieces that are brightly colored or patterned. If you have a suitcase already, try tying a ribbon on it or putting a noticeable cover over it. When there is a sea of black or single-color suitcases, yours will be easy to pick out from the crowd. Plus, if it doesn’t match the others around it, your bag is less likely to be accidentally taken by someone thinking it’s theirs.

Phone Open to a Flight Check In Screen

Checking in online for a flight allows you to bypass the check-in desk and head straight to security. That alone is a huge time saver for many passengers, especially if you’re traveling during a particularly busy time like the holidays or spring break. In fact, the Official Airline Guide suggests that passengers get used to this kind of technology and biometrics being the future of air travel.

There are even more perks to checking in early for a flight. Many airlines allow you to change seats for little or no additional fee starting 24 hours before departure. You can also see how full your flight is and even check the waitlist in a lot of cases. If you’re extra lucky, you might even get bumped to a better cabin!

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Emily added: “Sun hats are so easily squashed inside suitcases! To avoid this, pack the head of your sun hat tightly with clothes so that it keeps its shape.”

A stylish sun hat can make or break a holiday outfit so make sure it stays on top form by packing it among clothes.

Emily told “Mini products are cute but they are more expensive and not great for the environment, especially when you’re packing for the whole family.

“Decant your and your family’s favourite products into mini reusable containers so that you can travel with everything you need.”

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Travelling with a baby: Ultimate hacks to ease the stress

With the holiday season fast approaching, your thoughts may be turning to booking a getaway in the UK or abroad with your little one. Already feeling stressed about the travelling? With these top tips, you’ll be able to tackle it like a pro. Baby brand Micralite has spoken to Paula and Matt of @tribeofvoyagers and Moon Hough of The Safari Series who frequently travel with their kids to get the ultimate hacks. Read on to find out more…

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Do your research

Now is the time to do your research (preferably when the little ones are in bed). Paula and Matt recommend to “not overdo things in one day and spread activities throughout the time you are there”. Moon also advises to “stay in a place longer to ensure you can do everything you want”.

Manage your expectations

If you are used to travelling alone, Paula and Matt share that “it can be incredibly difficult to realise that you won’t be able to do everything or even what you had planned to do on days.” They recommend that slow travelling is the best way to enjoy a place and recommend families “plan to visit one thing each day and schedule in some daily baby fun, or downtime too”.


Learn to embrace ‘slow travel’

Book suitable accommodation

Choosing where to stay when travelling with a baby can be tricky. To make sure your accommodation caters for your needs, Paula and Matt suggest booking “an Airbnb or a house rental rather than hotels because they have more amenities that are useful, like a kitchen or washing machine, as well as trying to book somewhere central to walk to attractions”.

Bring a backpack

Put all of your baby essentials in a backpack, that way your hands will be free to push the buggy, pick up your child, wheel the suitcases etc.


Babymel gabby rucksack changing bag, £55, John Lewis


Fly around sleep times

If you’re jetting off abroad, it’s totally normal to feel apprehensive about flying with a baby or young child. To try to make the journey go as smoothly as possible, Paula and Matt recommend “flying around sleep times as having them asleep during the flight makes for a more relaxed journey, especially if it’s their first one as it’s less overwhelming”.

MORE: 17 best sensory toys for babies and toddlers

They also add to be aware of the air pressure and suggest having “something for them to suck or chew on during take-off and landing. You can also massage their ears and the side of the head for extra comfort”.

Be weather prepared

Depending on where you are going on holiday, you must ensure your baby is at a safe temperature and protected from the weather. For a sunny destination, Moon advises “to try and keep your baby cool and keep them covered in the shade. Make sure they are wearing a sunhat and drink enough water”. Paula and Matt also add to “avoid being in the sun completely during the highest sun hours and sun cream (preferably 50+) should be applied every half hour to an hour.”


Kids’ bear cotton hat, £7, Marks and Spencer


For cold destinations, Paula and Matt advise that your baby is wearing “enough appropriate layers, with a snowsuit, waterproof boots and gloves essential for snowy locations”. A good tip is that “they should always have at least one more layer than yourself”. They also advise that no matter the location, to be all-weather prepared, for example, “if you are going to a warm destination, always pack a jacket and if you going to a cold destination pack a shirt just in case of a sudden weather change”.

Keep sleep routines the same

Navigating the challenges of getting your baby to sleep is challenging enough, and to help with this whilst away, both families recommend keeping your sleep routines the same as at home. Moon shares that “even if it is hard or you don’t want to miss out on something, learn to love this new (kid-friendly!) type of travel!”.

MORE: How to wean your baby: when to start, foods to offer and common problems

Don’t overpack

Babies come with lots of stuff and it’s tempting to pack it all when you’re going away for those ‘just in case’ moments. But Paula and Matt advise not to pack nappies for the whole trip, for example. Instead, they suggest bringing “enough to last at least three days and then just buy somewhere you are to help not to overpack”.


Don’t be tempted to overpack

Moon also recommends that ahead of your trip you “speak to the place you are staying about what they can offer so you’re not overpacking items you don’t need as they might already have them there”.

SEE: 9 holiday destinations you won’t believe are in the UK – inspiration for your staycation

Be adaptable

Babies can be unpredictable at home, so expect that when you are away too. Paula and Matt advise that having “the ability to adapt to a situation and roll with it, whether you need to change plans or cancel something, it will save you from disappointment”.

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Travel hacks | The best tips to ensure you never miss your flight

Travelling is back! With it, sadly, also comes extremely long lines, confusion and general chaos.

Whether it be an international or domestic flight, it’s easy to lull yourself into a false sense of security if you arrive at the airport early.

The scenes at Sydney Airport this week are proof enough. Even if you arrive early, there’s every chance you might miss your long-awaited flight.

To ensure you travel efficiently this Easter, 9Honey Travel has compiled a list of tips and tricks to ensure you never arrive at the gate late again.

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Travelling can be chaotic and stressful if you don’t plan it efficiently. (Getty)

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Try to avoid checked baggage

This one is a no-brainer if you want to shave precious minutes off your time spent during check-in.

Using just carry-on luggage (which usually only makes sense on domestic/interstate flights) is a sure-fire way you can glide through check-in with ease and head straight to the gate.

If you’re flying international, try to keep all your belongings in one bag so check-in is faster, too.

Couples travelling together can also put their items together in a single bag to save time.

Check-in online before arriving at the gate

Checking in online will make your experience at the ticket gate a breeze. Everything is handled already and you just need to print your ticket.

If you can do this at the self-service kiosk, even better.

Checking in online is a sure-fire way to save time at the airport. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Travel to the airport via public transport to avoid traffic

Seasoned travellers know traffic is always at its the worst when you’re running late for a flight.

Check your city’s public transport system. Is there a direct route to the airport via train so you don’t have to deal with road traffic?

If so, this is the best option as you’ll get to the airport quickly and without a fuss. Ubers are not 100 per cent reliable when it comes to heading to the airport, so the safest bet is a train ticket.

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Don’t be afraid to tell staff you’re running late

Airport staff understand catching a flight is stressful. If you are patient and kind, they will mirror it right back.

So, don’t be afraid to let the staff know you’re running late and they can help by directing you to a faster line or taking you though a different security checkpoint.

It is against travel etiquette to chuck a tantrum and blame the airport employees for your lateness, so don’t make this faux pas.

Be nice and you shall receive, otherwise you might be told it’s your own fault.

Weigh your luggage before arriving

If your check-in luggage is a few kilos too heavy, you might waste precious time having to take items out or paying for the extra baggage.

Make sure you weigh your bags before checking in so there’s no unpleasant surprises.

If you’re running late, tell the staff. (Getty)

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Keep jewellery in your handbag before going through security

Security can be an arduous task if you’re asked to walk back and forth through the metal detector.

If you are wearing jewellery which will set it off, take it all off and store it in your carry-on until after you have cleared security.

Same goes for toiletries — make sure it is all in a separate, clear bag you can take out and show the staff without a fuss.

If you’re travelling with kids, arrive an hour earlier

Anyone who has children knows it can take a lifetime to get them ready for any event, let alone an airport trip.

Give yourself at least extra hour if you are bringing along kids.

That way, any unexpected tantrums, spills or slow walking won’t make you late for your flight.

Buy your coffee or lunch after you go through security

It can be tempting to grab a cup of coffee after check-in at an airport, especially if it’s an early flight.

It’s a good idea to wait until you have cleared security before buying food or heading to a café.

Anything can happen (plus there are lines there too!), so enjoy your coffee at the gate.

Grab your coffee after going through security. (Getty)

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Keep all your documents in the same place — passport, cards, tickets

You’ll need to show your passport and ticket multiple times during the check-in and security process, so it’s important to keep them all together in a safe place.

Nothing’s worse than rifling through your carry-on for your passport or documents every time you pass a checkpoint. Buy a little folder or keep them in a compartment in your bag for easy access.

Wear shoes that are easy to slip off

If you’re travelling overseas (or wearing shoes with metal), you’ll need to take them off while going through security.

Don’t waste your time untying and tying up a complicated shoe – wear a pair of slip-ons and keep your closed-in shoes in your carry-on if your feet get cold on the flight.

Try to go through the business-class security line if you are running late

If you are running extremely late and are still waiting in line, alert a member of staff and ask if you can pass through the business-class line at security.

These lines are usually shorter and if you ask nicely, a staff member will usually help you get to the gate on-time.

Don’t fumble around for your passport – store it in an easy place to access. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Book an airport lounge

If you want to arrive early at the airport but hate waiting around at the gate, a fantastic way to motivate yourself to arrive on time is a ticket to an airport lounge.

They usually have breakfast or coffee on hand and it’s a nice way to spend the hours waiting for a flight if you like to check-in with hours to spare.

Print your travel documents

We all know airport Wi-Fi can be spotty and you can never rely on mobile internet — so printing off your documents to have them on-hand can ensure you won’t be stuck if your phone isn’t loading.

It’ll also save you time searching for the e-ticket on your phone if you’re like most people and have a million apps open at once.

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Stretch your dollar: Travel planning hacks

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – For travel planning this year this year people are turning to TikTok.

Former flight attendant turned travel advisor Kayla Marbry is now a TikTok star showing users how to save money on travel. Marbury is sharing her travel hacks with News 8  to show viewers how to save thousands on sky-high flight prices.

“Some people don’t believe it or you just have to try it and see it work and it saves so much money for people who want to still travel and comfort because it’s not fun traveling in an economy seat when you’re squished between two people on a seven-hour flight,” said Marbury.

We asked the pro, what is the best way to book without breaking the budget?

Marbury’s first tip is to have a flexible schedule. The travel advisor suggests starting your travel planning early and setting up  you can set reminders to allow emails to come through to when prices drop or flights.”

Marbury also recommends taking advantage of your credit card points when purchasing flights.

Lastly, Marbury suggests using package deals to sift out cheaper flights without booking the hotel for a long period of time.  If you’re just looking for a flight Marbury recommends minimizing the amount of time you’re staying in a hotel to drop flight prices.

Kayla says travel has always been a part of her life and she’s excited to keep sharing what she knows.

Watch the full video above to hear all of Kayla Marbury’s tips.

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