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15 Genius Hacks For Summer Road Trips

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Before you take that next flight or hit the road on a car trip, check out this roundup of 15 genius travel hacks! You’ll save time, money and energy, plus avoid many common travel frustrations with these tips for everything from organizing your clothes in luggage, to packing toiletries and jewelry safely, to making traveling fun with games—and more!

15 Genius Summer Hacks for Road Trips from Spaceships and Laser Beams


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This food travel kit will make sure your family has all the snacks they need.

1. Food Travel Kit :: jtanddolly via DISboards.com

As someone who you really don’t want to see hangry, I love this Food Travel Kit. Customize it to suit your family’s tastes, and avoid all manner of disaster.

Use buttons to keep sets of earrings together while travelling.

2. Button Earring Holder :: The Krazy Coupon Lady

There’s almost nothing more frustrating than realizing that you’ve only got one of your favorite earrings left. That’s why this Button Earring Holder is ingenious. I can’t wait to try this one out!

3. Travel Car Organizer :: Martha Stewart

Using just a shoe bag and some organizational know-how, Martha will take your car from mayhem into tidy bliss, or at least organized chaos.

Use ziploc bags to store kids' outfits while travelling.

4. Ziploc Bag Outfit Storage :: All Things Simple

This Ziploc Bag Outfit Storage idea is great if you have really young kids, prone to getting real messy, real quick. It’s awesome to grab and go, and even if there are additional spills, all the outfits are protected in their own individual baggies. Perfect!

Use a glasses case to store cords, cables and chargers on the road.

5. Glasses Case Cord Storage :: Gurl

In today’s world, cords and cables are more important than ever, especially if you’re on a road trip. Keep all your cords in a pencil or glasses case, and you’ll be able to access them in a snap.

Use a pill box to store jewelry while you travel.

6. Pill Box Turned Jewelry Case :: Polkadot Chair

If you’re going to a conference, or a trip with lots of outfit changes and jewellery necessary, then this is a great way to keep yourself organized for each day.

This DIY Travel Entertainment pack for kids will keep kids entertained on long road trips.

7. DIY Travel Entertainment Pack for Kids :: Making of a Mom

This is an awesome do-ahead road trip hack that will save you a whole lot of grief once you’re traveling. You can even get your kids to help you pack their boxes up before you leave!

Make this DIY Road Trip I Spy game to keep kids entertained -- plus, snacks!

8. DIY Road Trip I Spy Game :: Making of a Mom

This is an awesome game if your kids aren’t quite at reading age yet. All you need for the DIY Road Trip I Spy Game are craft organizers, the free printables, and Twizzlers Bites. Sorted!

Use pegs to make a simple DIY travel toothbrush holder

9. Easy Toothbrush Holders :: Francesco Mugnai

This is a great way to keep things hygienic when you’re on the road, without having to pack too much extra stuff. Just pop a couple of pegs in your bag as you leave, and you’re done.  

Use sticky wrap to store necklaces and keep them from getting tangled while you travel.

10. Sticky Wrap Necklace Storage :: I Heart Naptime

This Sticky Wrap Necklace Storage is a super simple way to avoid the hassle of tangled chains and necklaces, which can be really annoying to separate!

Use a shower caddy as a meal or snack holder for kids. No more messes in the car!

11. Dollar Store Shower Caddy Food Holder :: Lookie What I Did

This Dollar Store Shower Caddy Food Holder truly is a road trip hack. Divide orders up, and keep food together simply by popping it all in a cheap shower caddy. This will (probably) stop spills too!

Use a shower cap to keep shoes from dirtying clothes in your suitcase.

12. Shower Cap Shoe Keeper :: Cosmopolitan

Keep dirty shoes off your clothes by putting them in a shower cap — an old school travel hack that works wonders. This Shower Cap Shoe Keeper is definitely worth a try, wherever you’re traveling.

Use contact holders to take travel-amounts of liquid cosmetics.

13. Liquid Cosmetic Storage Hack :: The Krazy Coupon Lady

Cosmetics can actually take up a whole lot of space if you take full-size products with you on your travels, and they might be too big to take on flights. That’s why this travel hack is so clever — keep your liquid cosmetics, especially foundation, in a contact lens case.

Use plastic wrap to prevent cosmetics from leaking in your suitcase.

14. Plastic Wrap Toiletry Leak Guard :: Ann Le

This travel hack helps prevent spills and messes in your bag — just pop a square of plastic wrap under the lid of your cosmetics, do the lid up tightly, and you’re sorted.

Travelling with a curling iron? Take an oven mitt to prevent burning your clothes.

15. Curling Iron Oven Mitt Storage :: RealSimple, as seen on Society 19

This hack is perfect if you’re in a bit of a rush. Because oven mitts are usually heat proof, you can quickly pack your curling iron away and be out of the door in no time, even if you don’t have time to let it cool.

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Jennifer Carver

As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are busy boys, much of Jen's free time is spent at the ball field, brushing up on video game terminology and building Lego towers. Jen is the owner and creative mind behind Banner Events. With a passion for event planning & party styling and an obsession with the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary, Jen wakes up every morning excited to get to work.