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10 Smart Swaps That Will Upgrade Your Travel Experience

You probably have everything you need to create the perfect travel kit. Use these tips to #staysmart while you travel, and upgrade your adventure with Holiday inn Express.

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1. Swap lip balm for spare cash.

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Reuse an old tube of lip balm to hide a few extra bucks in case you get in a jam. Just don't forget about it and offer some lip balm to a friend... awkward.

2. Swap mints for hair clips.

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Store your bobby pins in an old bottle of mints to keep them organized while traveling — they make it super easy to access.

3. Swap vitamins for jewelry.

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Weekly vitamins are a great way to organize your small jewelry while you travel. It's also a good way to hide your jewelry a bit (because who wants to steal vitamins?).

4. Swap a pot for your flat iron.

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What do you do when you need to use your hair iron to get ready but also need to pack it? Just wrap it up in a pot holder for safety and get going.

5. Swap contact lenses for makeup.

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Contact containers are the perfect size for single-use makeup. Put in a little for quick trips, and you can carry on luggage without fear of expensive makeup confiscation.

6. Swap feet for bottles.

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Protect bottles in your luggage by placing them in a shoe at either end. This is a great way to save space while packing as well.

7. Swap napkins for travel documents.

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Hide important travel documents in an old packet of wet napkins. It might be a little awkward at customs, but it will also keep your passport safe and sound!

8. Swap pills for cotton swabs.

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You never know when you might need a cotton swab. They're handy for makeup, medicine, and hygiene. Store them in an old pill bottle, and you're good to go.

9. Swap your head for shoes.

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Dirty shoes are gross and will make your clothes gross. Wrap those puppies in a shower cap and protect your luggage from getting dirty.

10. Swap soap for electronics.

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Soap containers are big and sturdy. Store appropriately sized electronics in them to keep them from knocking around too badly in your bags.