The Top 10 Ways to Travel Smarter, Safer, and Cheaper

The experts at Lifehacker have narrowed down some great tips for travel. We'vi also included some stories from our archives to help you plan your next meeting.

1. Prepare Your Smartphone and Laptop for Travel
Download updates for your apps and be sure to load up on videos in case you find yourself delayed somewhere without WiFi.

2. Protect Your Home While You're Away
Turn your PC or Mac and winto a DIY security system using your webcam and motion-sensing lights.

3. Pack for Added Security
A secure bag or purse and a rubber doorstop can provide additional security in your room, and an RFID-blocking wallet can help shield your passport from would-be identity thieves. 

4. Ship Your Purchases Home
Many stores will ship items for a small fee. Depending on how much you buy, this fee can be less than the sales tax, which you won't have to pay at many stores if your order is being shipped out of state. 

5. Get Discounts at Retail Stores
A tourist discount card can mean up to 11 percent off your purchases. 

6. Compare Transportation Type Costs
We make a lot of assumptions about the cheapest method of travel, but sometimes reality can surprise you. Use several calculators to see where you can find the best prices.

7. Refill Your Travel-Sized Items
The TSA still limits how much liquid you can take with you onboard. Buy spillproof containers and use a set of funnels to take your regular products on the road. 

8. Get a Better Rewards Card and Fly Cheap (or Free)
Oftentimes you can sign up for an airline-branded credit card that will award you with several thousand miles as a bonus, sometimes even in-flight!

9. Consider Renting an Apartment
Are you location scouting? Consider using AirBnB to rent an apartment in the city where you'll be hosting your meeting so that you can objectively compare properties. 

10. Pack Your Bags More Efficiently
Use packing cubes to make more clothing fit into your suitcase or carry-on. You can even sandwich delicate items like jewelry or electronics inside to keep them extra-secure.

Source: Lifehacker