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10 DIY Ways To Make Traveling Suck Less

There's no way around it: Holiday travel is the worst. These projects will help it be less worse.

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1. Leather Luggage Tag

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Is there anything worse than reaching your final destination only to find that your bag somehow ended up on the other side of the country? (This is why we advocate carry-ons, people!) Hopefully a hand-stitched leather tag will help your rogue suitcase find its way home.

2. ID Case

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You've been standing in line for what seems like hours, so how are people still fumbling around for photo ID when they finally make it to the TSA agent? Stash the necessities (ID, credit card, cash) in one of these cute leather card carriers and keep it close at hand to avoid looking like a clueless jerk.


4. Labeled Shoe Bag

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You're an adult, it's time to start packing like one! Whip up some labeled shoe bags to help designate your heels from your flats and keep the rest of your bag contents from scratching or ruining them.

5. Makeup Brush Organizer

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Keep makeup brushes organized and on hand for quick touch-ups (because NO ONE looks amazing after jumping off of a cross-country, multi-layover flight) with an awesome no-sew roll up holder made out of a sushi mat!

6. Comfy Jersey Top

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Five-plus hours in the air + restrictive clothing = a recipe for frustration. Keep it comfy in a loose jersey tee, which will be the perfect thing to toss on after you eat yourself into a coma over the holiday vacation.

7. Travel Pillow

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Make fun of the moms carting these through airports all you want, but when push comes to shove and you find yourself rolling your head onto the shoulder of your unknown seat mate one too many times you'll be thanking the DIY gods you took the time to sew up a kick-ass custom cover for your travel neck pillow.

8. Sleep Mask

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Movies playing, children screaming — it's not exactly easy to rest on an airplane. Noise-canceling headphones and one of these DIY sleep masks will make sure you arrive with your sanity somewhat intact. And if these fail, alcohol is always a good backup choice.