9 brilliant travel hacks that are absolutely GENIUS

Discover the joy in the journey with nine travel hacks that will make your next trip easier and more convenient.

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  • They say the joy is in the journey, but when it comes to TSA checkpoint lines, in-bag toiletry explosions or that little one behind you kicking your seat (with surprising force), travel can be anything but joyful. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make your next trip a little easier - and a whole lot more convenient.

  • Don't cry over forgotten wall chargers

  • You know the drill; you finally make it to your hotel, tired after a long flight, only to find that you left the wall plug to your cellphone charger at home. And, naturally, you've already received a low-battery warning. What you might not know is that most hotel televisions have a USB port in the back, which will save your cellphone (and your sanity) in a pinch.

  • Cap the shoes

  • Even the cleanest of people tend to have dirty shoes, and if you're hoping to protect your nice clothes from those filthy soles, just grab a couple shower caps. Stretch them over the soles of the shoes and you'll keep dirt and grime off your folded clothing.

  • Wear a scarf

  • Those infinity scarves aren't just decorative. On a long flight, that scarf will be your best friend. Whether serving as a soft blanket in a cold cabin, or wrapped around your head to keep the light out while you sleep, you'll find more function than form by donning a scarf.

  • Shrink wrap it all

  • A burst bottle of shampoo doesn't just leave you without shampoo, it also leaves you with an aggravating - and likely expensive - mess. Make sure your bag doesn't fall victim to kamikaze toiletry bottles by shrink wrapping each container.

  • Steal the soap

  • A few days into your trip, your dirty clothes bag could be making you feel and smell like you have a dirty clothes suitcase. If that's the case, grab a bar of soap from the hotel and toss it into your laundry bag. The soap will act as a natural deodorizer. Or if you happen to plan ahead, throw a couple dryer sheets in for the same effect.

  • Embrace DIY in-flight entertainment

  • No in-flight entertainment system? No worries. Buzzfeed suggests creating your own using your handy smartphone or tablet. Just bring a plastic baggie with you, slip the device inside and lodge the whole thing in the tray table holder. Voila! It's time to Netflix and chill.

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  • Multitask the mundane

  • Put seemingly useless household items to good use while you travel. Store bobby pins or safety pins in a Tic Tac case to keep them contained. Keep earrings and other small pieces of jewelry protected in a pill organizer, and grab a sunglass case to store all those device chargers and earbuds.

  • Wear deep pockets

  • In the airport, your attire can make or break you. Dress for travel success by sporting deep pockets - those that will hold your boarding pass, ID, cellphone and any other items you seem to be constantly digging through your bag to retrieve.

  • Carry on wisely

  • When you're traveling, your carry-on bag is your secret source of power. Not only does it house all your in-flight necessities, but it also serves as your emergency kit if the airline happens to lose your bag. Today suggests tossing in your electronics chargers (especially handy when you're delayed), a notebook and pen, travel arrangement information (including passport, if necessary), a change of clothes and underwear, face wipes, travel toothbrush and toothpaste, eye drops, medications and snacks.

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Kristen has a journalism degree and has experience writing in a variety of fields, including art and culture, health and fitness and financial and real estate services. Kristen has written for USA Today, SFGate and the Knot.

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