Tesla haven’t been having the best time of it recently when it comes to bad press. There have been plenty of stories about their cars not working how people had hoped, or even allegedly setting on fire! However, one story has come out recently about the Model S that has had us all in stitches.
On August 4, 2019, one woman in Arizona decided she was going to try her luck and nab herself a nice new Tesla Model S. Except, she wasn’t planning on paying for it like everyone else. Instead, she decided she was going to try and steal it which then led to a police chase to arrest the suspect.
Trying To Catch Her
The Payson Police Department tried slowing down the woman by using spike strips, designed to puncture a car’s tires. However, it seemed as though the Tesla Model S stood up to this test and the woman continued on her way. That was until the unthinkable happened… The thief wasn’t counting on the car running out of battery. The police then had to break the window to remove the suspect from the stolen vehicle.
Stealing Electric Cars
This car thief ended up being arrested and will be going to court. However, it seems as though she may be in the minority when it comes to stealing electric cars. A report from the Highway Loss Data Institute found that electric vehicles were far less likely to be stolen than gas-powered ones. In fact, the Model S has the second-lowest theft rate in the country.
The institute believes this could be because electric cars are more likely to be parked in or near a garage to be charged. Someone should have told this Arizonian woman that.
Flight Attendants Share 45 Game Changing Packing Hacks
When it comes to packing, there are many approaches. Some people write a list and make sure everything is placed carefully inside. Others leave it until the last minute and throw all of their possessions into their suitcase at the last possible moment. There are people who always forget their toothbrush or their socks. And, there are people who bring five pieces of luggage with them for a weekend away. Well, we’re here to help with these game-changing packing hacks from flight attendants. Happy packing!
Use Hats for Storage
When packing, there are plenty of items that can serve as storage for other items. Naturally, hats have space for where your head eventually goes, so you can fill that space up with other bits and pieces. Try stuffing your socks or underwear in there, or whatever else is rattling around your suitcase.
The best thing about this packing hack is that by stuffing your hat, you’ll actually be protecting it. After all, nobody wants a crushed sunhat or a dented fedora.
Use Pill Boxes for Jewelry
Here’s another genius packing hack to avoid losing important items of jewelry. We can guarantee that nobody wants to spend their first few days of vacation searching for the back of an earring. Instead of putting your jewelry in a pouch where it can get tangled, or loose in your case, place items in a pillbox.
Pillboxes are just the right size for earrings and rings, and some bracelets and necklaces can be gently placed inside. Brilliant!
Put Shoes in Shower Caps
When we’re throwing our shoes into a suitcase, we can forget just how dirty they actually are. Whilst we know that we need our favorite sneakers or that well-worn pair of sandals, we can overlook the fact that they’re covered in dirt, grime, and other unknown nasties.
Rather than having your filthy shoes touching your lovely vacation wardrobe, cover them up with a shower cap. Thanks to their flexibility, shower caps make great shoe covers, and they keep shoes together.
Pack Heavy Items Near Wheels
When we’re packing a suitcase, most people think of it as a flat rectangle, because that’s how we look at it the most. When we’re tucking things into our case, we tend to forget that it will eventually end up upright. For that reason, it’s best to pack your heaviest items near the suitcase wheels.
Otherwise, once you zip up your case and stand it upright, all of your heavy shoes will crush the delicate items underneath. Nobody wants that.
Make a Mega Bundle
OK, admittedly this is an unusual packing hack, but it works, and can be a good solution for some packers. If you don’t have the patience to carefully fold all your clothes using the KonMari method, then consider this option instead.
To make a mega bundle, lay all of your clothes out on top of each other, and then fold them together into one big pile. Then, you can place the bundle in your case, and add other items afterward. This also makes unpacking nice and easy!
Shirt and Underwear Stuffed Socks
Invented by the US marines, the Skivvy roll is a way of folding your items into a burrito-like roll, not unlike the mega bundle seen above. In this image, one shirt and a pair of underwear is folded together and then placed inside a pair of socks. Obviously, this saves a huge amount of space.
Make sure to look up a video of the Skivvy roll, because the socks have to be placed in a particular way in order to roll everything inside of them.
Pack Clothes Inside Out
One of the biggest risks when traveling with a suitcase (asides from it getting lost) is something spilling inside. Due to air pressure, a careless baggage handler, or poor packing, sometimes bottles or packages burst open and leave shampoo, toothpaste, or suntan lotion all over your vacation swag.
There are various ways to avoid this (more on that later) but one simple method is to pack your clothes inside out. This means there’s less chance of ruining your outfits with a pesky stain.
Put Glass inside a Sock
Of course, when packing for a trip, sometimes you bring something breakable or delicate. When packing these items, it’s best to remember to pack heavy items towards the wheels and more delicate items on top. However, when it comes to glass, you’ll want a little extra protection.
If you’re traveling with a glass bottle – such as a perfume bottle – simply tuck it into a sock. As additional insurance, if the bottle does break, there won’t be glass all over your case.
Use the Marie Kondo Method
Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo has sold millions of copies of her books, including 2011’s hugely popular The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Kondo’s Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo brought the KonMari method to even bigger audiences, and folding hasn’t been the same since.
Basically, the KonMari method for folding is to fold the bottom of a shirt up slightly, fold it in half, and then roll to make the first fold. Keep folding until it’s a self-contained package that can stand upright.
Hot Tools in an Oven Mitt
Some people eschew flat irons or curling tongs when they go on vacation, but other people simply don’t have the choice. While beachy waves might look great on the sand in Cancun, they aren’t professional enough for a meeting in Chicago. So, how do you pack them?
Some hair electricals come with their own heat protecting mat, but for those that don’t, simply slip them in an oven mitt or pot stand. It protects your possessions and provides a heat protecting surface.
Protect Compacts With Cotton Pads
Makeup lovers know that traveling with cosmetics can be a risky business. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination and unpacking your toiletries just to see that your Urban Decay Naked palette is now a pile of mixed up powders with a broken mirror. These things cost money, people!
As a solution, place a cotton pad inside your compacts to protect the product underneath. For larger palettes, use several. This packing hack is simple, but it’s effective.
Seal Your Jeans
Of course, the same applies when we’re folding jeans. Marie Kondo’s method is to lay the jeans flat in front of you, fold the left leg over the right, and fold in the crotch. Then, fold the bottom of the jeans toward the waist, leaving an inch of space. Finally, fold inward until the jeans stand upright.
While the KonMari method might sound complicated, it’s very achievable once you’ve seen a diagram or video. Importantly, it leads to very neat suitcases.
Use a Straw for Untangling
There’s nothing worse than reaching for a necklace to finish off an outfit just to find it tangled and tied up in knots. Who wants to sit picking at their jewelry right before they have to leave? Not us!
Well, an innovative way to prevent this is to use a drinking straw. Simply thread your necklace through the straw and fix the clasp at the other side. This way, it won’t be able to get tangled and mess up your evening.
Use Buttons for Earrings
We’ve already suggested pill boxes for traveling with jewelry, but this packing hack is specifically for keeping pairs of earrings together. While many people mightn’t bother with buttons anymore, the practical fasteners do provide a great method of transporting earrings.
Simply fasten your earrings through the two holes in the center of a button, and you’ll never lose an earring back again. Plus, most clothing comes with a spare button, so you should have plenty lying around.
Try Packing Cubes
If you haven’t heard about packing cubes, you must have been living under a rock. Basically, packing cubes are zip up bags that come in various sizes. The idea is that you organize items into different cubes, thereby having a suitcase that works more like a chest of drawers.
You can put pants or sweaters in large cubes, shirts in the medium cubes, and socks in the smallest cubes. This way, you can grab whatever you need without rifling through everything.
Use Contact Cases Creatively
For many people, liquid size restrictions are an irritating and limiting aspect of traveling. How is a person supposed to bring their various lotions and potions when they can’t just throw everything into their bag?
Well, this packing hack solves exactly that. We’ve seen travel-friendly bottles and travel products, all of which can be a solution. However, contact lens cases are the perfect size for bringing liquid beauty products along with you. Just squirt some in, and they’ll stay safe!
Keep Liquids in One Place
Liquid restrictions are a tricky part of traveling, and nobody wants to be caught at the end of a long security line with the wrong quantity of moisturizer – how mortifying! Rather than hauling all of your liquids on board with you, consider keeping everything in one place in your main suitcase.
That way, when it comes to airport security, you just have to slip your shoes off, remove your jewelry, and stride through. Come on, who really needs face wash on a plane?
Wear Your Heaviest Items
We’ve talked about packing heavy items near the bottom of a suitcase, but there are other solutions to dealing with bulky belongings. Depending on the length of your flight and your level of comfort, wear your heaviest pieces of clothing on the journey itself.
This works well with large coats or heavy boots or sneakers. Wearing your FILA Disruptors on board is no big deal, and it saves tons of space in your bag. Just be warned that security could take a little longer.
Pack Based on Itinerary
Obviously, when packing for a trip, it’s best to think about what activities you’ll be doing when you get there. One method for packing is to look at your itinerary (or make yourself an itinerary) and bring specific outfits for each individual occasion.
This means you would have pre-prepared outfits and options for hikes, dinners, and days exploring the nearby town. This also means that you won’t bring additional items that don’t fit into your vacation schedule. Easy as pie.
Use Cloth Bags for Delicates
Whenever you buy a particularly nice pair of shoes or a purse, your new purchase comes inside its own cloth bag. Rather than throwing these out, hold onto them for your next vacation. These cloth bags can be used like packing cubes, and are particularly good for storing delicate items like undergarments.
You can also buy bags like these in environmentally friendly fabrics like cotton, muslin, or linen. Lots of people have bags like these lying around their home, so why not make good use of them?
Use a Packing Checklist
One of the most crucial packing hacks of all is to use a list. There are lots of packing lists available online, and physical list pads that you can buy and tick off as you pack.
However, for some people it can be a good idea to make your own list as it means you’ll really be thinking about what you need to bring with you. Make sure you include sub-lists for electricals, cosmetics, and medications. Happy packing!
Don’t Forget Your Backpack’s Coat
So far, we’ve mainly been discussing packing hacks for suitcases. However, many people hit the road with just a backpack, and use that one bag for many different circumstances. Of course, these people need to have streamlined luggage and cleverly packed goods.
Regardless of how you decide to fill your backpack, we recommend investing in a rain cover. It’s absolutely worth purchasing or borrowing one to avoid all of your precious possessions getting soaked after a particularly bad downpour.
Bring a Laundry Bag
Sometimes, in all the excitement of packing for vacation, we forget that we’ll eventually end up with a pile of dirty laundry. Nobody wants their new vacation swag rubbing up against their nasty old swimsuit, so remember to pack a laundry bag.
Opt for a mesh or canvas bag that you can fold flat on the way there to avoid taking up too much space. Once you’ve worn something on your vay-cay, just throw it into the laundry bag.
Use Matching Luggage Tags
Lots of people use luggage tags when they travel so they can locate and identify their bag if it gets lost. Another hack is to use the same luggage tags as the people you’re traveling with so you can easily spot everyone’s suitcases at the luggage carousel.
If you’re that way inclined, you could even craft your own by sewing some brightly colored tags and decorating them with embroidery, glitter, or embellishments. A hack and a craft project – sounds fun!
Belts to Keep Shirts Square
This great packing hack is for people that travel with button-down shirts. Perhaps it’s for a meeting, or maybe it’s a job interview – either way, you need to make sure your outfit is looking smooth and wrinkle-free. One way to achieve this is to square fold your button-down like they do in the store.
When your shirt is folded and flat, place a belt or two into the collar in order to keep it stiff and upright.
Pack a Dryer Sheet
Many people use dryer sheets to make their laundry softer, less static, and smelling sweet. But, did you know that there are various uses for dryer sheets, including a packing hack?
Well, by placing a dryer sheet inside your luggage, your clothes will stay smelling fresh for the entirety of their journey. When you eventually open your case, everything will smell like it came straight from the dryer. Apparently, dryer sheets can also be used for cleaning and pest control! Who knew?
A Frozen Sponge for Fresh Snacks
Some people like to snack while traveling, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. We all know that airports and airplanes are expensive when it comes to dining, so why not bring your own sandwiches?
A handy way to make sure that your food stays fresh is to pack a frozen sponge in a Ziploc bag. You can either place your snack into the bag with the sponge, or use a small lunchbox. Either way, everything will be fresh as a daisy.
Always Pack a Pen
Even if you don’t think you’ll use one, it’s always a good idea to bring a pen with you when you’re traveling. Keep your pen in your carry-on luggage because it’s possible that you’ll have to fill in a visa or customs form while you’re still on board. Nobody wants to be desperately trying to solicit a pen from a fellow passenger or flight attendant when there’s just 10 minutes until touch down.
Plus, if you get bored, you can always take your pen out and doodle.
Keep Bottles Firmly Closed
Even travel-friendly bottles are at risk of leaking, so it’s a good idea to reinforce your bottles before going on any trip. Put a thin sheet of plastic – either a bag, or a piece of Saran wrap –over the top of a bottle and then screw the lid on. Even if there’s increased air pressure, everything should say safely inside the bottle.
For extra safety, you could place your liquids inside a bag of their own, so everything stays dry and in one easily findable location.
The Half Rule
Fashion designer Coco Chanel once advised, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” A version of this rule should also be applied when packing for vacation, as most people are prone to bringing far too much.
Once you’ve made a list and laid out everything you want to bring with you, go through it again and reduce it by half. This method means you’ll have plenty of space to bring home souvenirs.
Consider Compression Bags
There is a healthy and ongoing debate about the relative merits of compression bags compared to packing cubes. While packing cubes can help organize various items, compression bags help save a ton of space inside your suitcase.
Of course, one downside of using compression bags is that your clothes end up pretty wrinkly by the time you arrive at your destination. However, if you want to bring loads of stuff and have ironing facilities, then compression bags are a great choice.
Strap Your Stuff Up
We’ll admit that this packing hack might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how few people actually use the inbuilt internal straps in their suitcase. For some reason, lots of us tend to overlook suitcase straps, choosing instead to just squeeze everything inside and close the lid.
So, next time you’re packing a suitcase, remember to strap everything in securely once you’re ready to close up. The straps will prevent your precious belongings from moving all over the case.
Save Some Space!
A lot of these packing hacks have been about conserving space, or making the most of the space you have. But what do most people do when they’re on vacation? They shop! And where will all those gifts for your family go if you’ve filled your suitcase with sneakers and curling irons?
When you’re setting off somewhere, remind yourself to leave some room for future purchases. Plus, the luggage weight limit isn’t a goal!
Invest in Shampoo Bars
A wonderful environmentally friendly way of saving suitcase space is switching from a liquid shampoo to a shampoo bar. Lush makes a range of organic shampoo bars which either come completely bare (therefore cutting down on bulky and pollution causing plastics), or in a handy travel tin.
By using a shampoo bar, not only will you be helping the environment, but you also won’t have to worry about airline liquid restrictions or pesky spills. They also come in conditioner options!
Stuff Your Shoes
We’ve already suggested the inspired packing hack of stuffing your hats with smaller items, and now we’re here to say the same thing about shoes. Because of their shape, shoes have lots of dead space inside them that’s just asking to be filled up.
The most obvious option is to fill your shoes with socks or undies, but you could also keep smaller items safe in there. Pop a shower cap around the whole package and you’ve combined two packing hacks in one.
Avoid Bent Books
Packing a suitcase isn’t all clothing and cosmetics – it’s also books, souvenirs and electricals. While most readers will bring a book in their carry on, some will also tuck an extra novel or notebook into their main bag. What they don’t want is a book that’s been thrown around and crushed on its journey.
One way to avoid this is to use rubber bands to keep your book in its correct shape. Place one lengthwise, and one across the width to keep things flat.
Take Photos of Your Documents
There’s a lot of important information that you need to remember when traveling. There’s your flight information, your luggage labels, possible immigration paperwork, and the details of where you’re staying when you arrive.
In the age of handheld technology, we’re lucky that we can carry all of that information in one small device. Take pictures of your documents before flying so you always have those important details on hand. Just make sure you also pack your phone charger, and maybe a phone bank too.
Pack Plenty of Neutrals
When it comes down to individual items to bring on vacation, everyone’s choices will differ. Traveling outfits depend on the type and location of the trip, and everyone has their own styles and preferences. However, in general it’s a good rule to bring plenty of neutral colored items.
Depending on the climate of where you’re visiting, this might mean black, white, tan, or grey staples. By packing your suitcase this way, you can easily mix and match your vacation wardrobe.
Keep Cords Safe
Talking about tangles, nobody wants their various cords and wires to get twisted up in the packing process. Unfortunately, straws won’t do the trick for a phone charger, but it just so happens that a sunglasses case will. Before you leave, carefully wind up your various leads and place them gently into a sunglasses case or a small purse.
This way, when you need to plug your electric toothbrush into your universal adaptor, you’ll know where to look and you won’t have to waste time unwinding cords.
Don’t Bring Everything
When packing for a vacation, it’s crucial not to overpack. This doesn’t just refer to clothing, though it is a waste to bring hordes of outfits that you won’t even consider. But, asides from clothing, don’t feel the need to bring every single product that you use at home.
Realistically, other countries and regions have soap, shower gel, and toothpaste. You could easily pick those things up when you arrive. Plus, grocery stores in other countries are the most fun.
Bring a Power Strip
Let’s be real — traveling abroad is undoubtedly one of the most exciting adventures. And while you can count on having the time of your life, there are some things you should bring along in order to have the best experience imaginable.
Rather than buying a ton of converters for your electronics, why not just buy one power strip and one converter to go along with it? This way, you’re not only packing less but you can also charge various things at a time whether it be your camera, phone, or even laptop.
Saran Wrap for Jewelry
Don’t have a pillbox to pack your jewelry in? Well, don’t fret because we have just the packing hack for you! With plastic (or saran) wrap, you can keep your precious jewels from getting tangled up.
Simply put down a layer of plastic wrap, lay your jewelry out, then cover it with another layer of plastic wrap. Press these two layers together around your jewelry to keep everything separated. Gently fold or roll your wrapped jewelry to create a small, packable bundle.
Pill Bottle for Bobby Pins
Anyone that has ever used a bobby pin in their life knows the struggle of losing it seconds after removing it from your hair. While it can be quite frustrating even finding it in the comfort of your own home, imagine losing the pin while on vacation — and what if that’s the only one you have?!
Rather than packing bobby pins loosely in the suitcase and hoping for the best, why not consolidate a handful of them into a pill bottle? With this hack, there’s no doubt that you’ll save yourself a lot of time and aggravation.
Keyring for Hair Ties
And while we’re on the subject of misplacing hair accessories, why not take a second to talk about hair ties? That’s right — all you people out there with hair totally know what it’s like to lose the only scrunchie you have lying around the house.
Luckily, this hack will help you whether you’re at home or on vacation. Simply place all those ponytail holders on a key ring and you’ll never misplace one again…unless you lose the keyring, of course.
Don’t Cut Your Fingers!
If you’re going on vacation for an extended period of time, then there’s a good chance that you’ll decide to pack a razor. And if that’s the case, then you’ll want to learn about this next hack.
There’s nothing quite like searching through your suitcase after a long flight when suddenly, you cut your fingers on the open-face razor that you packed at the bottom of your bag. By using a bigger clip to protect the razor head, you’ll also protect your fingers from some pretty intense injuries.
Perfumed Tissue Paper
Believe it or not, but tissue paper can become the ultimate packing buddy for any and all of your vacations. None of us are strangers to wrinkled clothing, especially after it’s been sitting in a suitcase for hours on end.
To reduce the chance of wrinkles, you can fold your clothes with tissue paper placed in the middle. The texture of the paper will reduce friction on the fabric. For an added bonus, spray the tissue paper with some perfume and you’ll have yourself the best-smelling suitcase you’ve ever packed!
Traveling with a wad of cash can be quite risky. If you’re someone that doesn’t feel totally comfortable holding all the cash you have in your wallet during your travels or flight, why not try this awesome hack?
Quite inconspicuous, all you have to do is take one of your old (and empty) deodorant containers, and stash your money in there! Just make sure not to forget this secret hiding place as it would be quite a bummer to throw the container out with all that money hidden away.
Bring Along a First Aid Kit
We think it goes without saying that a first aid kit is always a handy thing to bring along with you. So, why not pack a travel kit for your vacation? You’ll be thanking yourself if your kid happens to fall down and split his knee, or if you end up getting allergies due to weather changes.
Whether you want to make yourself a customized first aid kit or buy a pre-packaged one, we guarantee that you won’t regret the decision to bring it on your vacation.
Keep Those Cables Organized
Whether or not you’ve thought about this, glasses and sunglasses cases can be used for much more than just storing your eyewear. Take cables and cords, for instance.
Sure — you can pack those things away in a plastic bag or you can use an eyeglass case instead! If you wear glasses quite often, then you’ll need to pack that case anyway so you might as well make use of it during your flight or travels by storing your cables away.
The Rolling Method
So, we’ve already gone over a few different packing techniques on this list — from packing cubes to a mega bundle and even Marie Kondo’s method. But, if none of those options tickle your fancy, you could try going for the rolling method.
If you roll your clothes to pack them, then you’re that much closer to becoming a savvy traveler, as well as a packing pro! Simply lay your clothes face down on a flat surface and roll away!
Bring Sample Products
Of course, we all know that travel-sized products are a good option when going on vacation, but don’t forget about samples. Every good shopper knows that department and cosmetics stores offer free samples of cosmetics, perfume, or skincare products, and they just happen to be the ideal size for taking on trips.
Sephora offers perfume samples to take away, and they sell a perfume sampler that includes a range of scents. These are perfect for stashing in your purse while on vacation.
Be A Strategic Packer
Lest we forget to provide a packing hack for hand luggage, let’s focus on one of the most important packing hacks of all. When traveling anywhere by plane, make sure your hand luggage has important items in case your main suitcase gets lost or delayed.
We recommend packing a pair of pajamas, a change of clothes, some swimwear, and a pair of undies. That will see you through in most situations. As a backup, put an outfit in your travel partner’s luggage.
Keep Essentials Together
When packing a suitcase, it’s a good idea to keep certain items grouped together. Once you’ve arrived at your Airbnb or hotel, you don’t want to have to rummage through all of your stuff in search of a Chapstick.
Instead, put essential items like toothpaste, deodorant, contact lenses, and face wash together in one small bag. Likewise, keep medications in their own pouch, cords in their own bag, and types of clothing grouped together. An organized case leads to a much better vacation.
Try the Layout
When packing, some people put all of their items directly into their suitcase, but others lay everything out beforehand. We recommend trying the layout, where you place everything in relevant piles so you can clearly see what you’re bringing.
By looking at your possessions in this way, you’ll be able to see if anything is missing, or if you have too much of one thing. You’ll also be able to see if your items match each other, so that you’ll bring coordinated outfits.
Sort Clothes by Day
So far when we’ve talked about organizing our possessions before packing, we’ve advised that items be packed with other similar items. Shirts with shirts, jeans with jeans, and so on. However, there is another way.
For people that like to be really prepared in advance, one option is to pack your clothes by day. Pack everything you’ll need for each day in a labeled bag, and consider taking a photograph of you wearing the outfit as a reference. It’s what the celebs do.