We are pro travelers and these are our top travel hacks
From avoiding excess luggage fees to getting liquids through TSA check, a fleet of globetrotters have revealed their top travel hacks.
DailyMail.com has selected some of the most helpful and interesting tips around, as the US gears up for a busy summer of travel.
One of the more unusual hacks sees a sick bag turned into a simple – yet effective – phone holder, as another traveler reveals how he takes coconuts to airports to keep hydrated because, unlike water bottles, they won’t get stopped by TSA.
Swoop down to learn more about these nifty tips.
Use a luggage storage app when waiting for a flight
After her flight was delayed by eight hours at Myrtle Beach International Airport, TikToker Renata came across a luggage storage app called Bounce
If you’ve got a long wait for a connecting flight and have time to leave the airport, one of the biggest problems is what to do with your luggage.
However, TikToker Renata reveals in a clip how she stumbled across a cunning solution.
After her flight was delayed by eight hours at Myrtle Beach International Airport, she started searching for a place to stash her suitcase and she came across an app called Bounce.
She explains that the luggage storage company has a ‘bunch of participating vendors,’ so she was able to sign up to the app and pay to leave her bag at a local UPS store.
‘This is the coolest thing I’ve found in a while,’ she tells viewers.
Freeze liquids to get them through TSA
Flight attendant Brenda Orelus reveals how frozen water bottles will sail through the TSA security scanners no problem
While you cannot take bottles of water through airport security, dozens of clips on TikTok reveal a tried and tested hack for bypassing this rule.
Seasoned travelers show how frozen water bottles will sail through the TSA security scanners no problem.
Flight attendant Brenda Orelus demonstrates the trick in a video.
She explains to viewers: ‘Want to get your large liquids through TSA? Simple, freeze them. This will allow them to pass through the TSA check point as a solid.’
Some viewers pointed out that it would be difficult to get the frozen water to the airport without it melting en route.
And one viewer said they preferred taking an empty water bottle with a filter and filling it with water after clearing TSA checks.
Pack coconuts instead of water bottles
Paul Saladino shows viewers how he has a bagful of coconuts and he got them through TSA checks ‘no problem’
But it seems that one TikToker has a slightly more unusual way of getting liquids through airport security.
Paul Saladino reveals in a clip how instead of packing bottles of water for trips, he instead packs coconuts to keep hydrated.
He shows viewers how he took a bagful of coconuts through TSA checks ‘no problem.’
One viewer said the coconut hack didn’t work for them, and explained: ‘Bro, I tried bringing a coconut back from Florida one time and they stopped me like I had a bomb and took it.’
Other viewers quizzed Paul about how he goes about opening coconuts on the plane when you ‘can’t bring knives or bottle openers.’
He revealed that he travels with a metal straw and drinks through that, but didn’t elaborate further.
Make a phone holder from a sick bag
TikToker Maiifinds reveals an ingenious way to make a simple yet effective phone holder using a sick bag
To create the holder, the sick bag should be laid over a phone case and with the phone popped back in to secure it. The sick bag can then be hung from the back of the chair in front
Ever experienced hand ache from trying to watch a movie on your phone during a flight?
Well, in a bid to remedy that problem, TikToker Maiifinds reveals an ingenious way to make a simple yet effective phone holder using a sick bag.
In a step by step guide, she instructs viewers to first pop their phone out of the case.
Then, to create the holder, the next step involves laying the sick bag over the case and securing the phone back in.
You then should be able to hold up the sick bag with the phone securely dangling from the end. The sick bag can then be hung from the back of the chair in front by pinning it behind the food tray.
Maiifinds continues: ‘Then, all you do is close the food tray with your new set up and you are ready to watch whatever you want. This is the best hack. It’s so convenient and it’s free.’
Many viewers deemed the hack ‘brilliant’ and ‘cool,’ but some expressed concern around what would happen if you then fell sick and needed to use the bag.
Store excess clothing in a pillow case
Chelsey Carlson demonstrates how she wore a backpack on her flight as she was only allowed one personal item. However, she took a stuffed a pillow case and large fanny pack
She revealed that her hack worked but one passenger on the flight did call her out on her bulky pillow, which was stuffed with extra clothing
In a bid to avoid checked or excess luggage fees, many TikTokers reveal how they use pillow cases to hide extra items and increase their hand luggage allowance.
They claim that airline staff do not pick up on the money-saving hack.
In one video, Chelsey Carlson demonstrates how she wore a backpack on her flight with Spirit Airlines as she was only allowed one personal item.
However, she stuffed a pillow case full with extra clothes and she also wore a large fanny pack under her sweater.
As the clip was filmed before she boarded her flight, one viewer asked Chelsey if she successfully made it through without getting stopped.
She revealed that her hack worked but one passenger on the flight did call her out on her bulky pillow.
Soak cotton pads in beauty lotions
Emily McKeon reveals how instead of taking a spread of liquid beauty products on vacation, you can pre-soak cotton pads and seal them in plastic bags
TikToker Emily McKeon reveals a ‘travel hack for the ladies’ in a nine-second-long clip.
She shows how instead of taking a spread of liquid beauty products on vacation, such as cleansers and toners, you can pre-soak cotton pads and seal them in plastic bags.
In her demonstration, she pre-soaks cotton pads with eye make-up remover and facewash.
To prevent the pads from drying out, Emily highlights in the comment section that it’s important to ensure the plastic bag is properly sealed.
Many commenters praised the TikToker’s idea but some suggested disposable facewipes as a more efficient alternative.
However, in defense of her idea she said that didn’t have time to go shopping for wipes ‘when packing at midnight the night before.’
Test this secret button to put your arm rest down
Gal Ezra reveals an airplane trick that ‘I guarantee you didn’t know about’ so you can exit an aisle seat more easily
Gal’s video left viewers divided, with many saying they already knew about the trick but others said they had no clue the button existed
Ever sat in an aisle seat but found it tricky to get out with your tray table down and an arm rest in the way?
Well in a TikTok, Gal Ezra reveals an airplane trick that ‘I guarantee you didn’t know about’ so you can exit an aisle seat more easily.
In the video, he shows how on ‘most planes’ the aisle armrests have hidden ‘buttons or knobs’ under them.
When pressed or pushed, Gal says the secret button allows the armrest to be elevated, so you can ‘slide right out’ without having to put your tray up.
Gal’s video left viewers divided, with many saying they already knew about the trick but others said they had no clue the button existed.
Take a photo of suitcase and use an AirTag to track it
To avoid the inconvenience of losing your luggage, TikToker Shantae suggests taking photos of your bag before checking it in and kitting it out with an Apple AirTag
To avoid the inconvenience of losing your luggage, TikToker Shantae suggests taking photos of your bag before checking it in and kitting it out with an Apple AirTag.
She explains that she loves using AirTags as she knows exactly where her luggage is when she lands ‘or if I need to file a claim if it’s lost.’
The travel pro claims that if your suitcase is ‘lost, stolen or delayed the airline is responsible for up to $3,800.’
In the clip, she demonstrates how she can pinpoint her bag in the airport on a map thanks to the AirTag.
Many viewers thanked Shantae for her ‘smart’ suggestion.