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Mum and full-time traveller shares her ‘genius’ hacks for saving money while flying

Full-time traveller shares her ‘genius’ hacks for saving money while jetting abroad – including using a pillowcase as an extra bag and washing your clothes BEFORE you fly home

  • Australian mum Evie Farrell travels full-time for the blog @mumpacktravel
  • She has shared her epic tips for saving money and time while transiting
  • She often packs a carry-on suitcase only to jet to smaller destinations
  • And she uses her pillowcase to bring extra clothes along if she needs more room 

An Australian mother and full-time world traveller with a fanbase of 130,000 people has shared her foolproof hacks for visiting a foreign country – and getting there with all of your bags in tow. 

Evie Farrell has travelled to seven different countries since the start of the new year, some with her young daughter and others alone, blogging about her journey on her page mumpacktravel.

While travel after Covid is certainly more of a headache than it was before the global pandemic Ms Farrell has found numerous ways to travel luxuriously for less with the help of carry-on only luggage, using ‘the pillow hack’ and making good use of the ‘sleeping in airports’ app.

When it comes to nailing your airport arrivals and departures the jetsetting mum often opts in on purchasing lounge tickets, which are usually around $50 for four hours, to enjoy the perks of a shower, hot food, drinks and wi-fi.

Evie Farrell has travelled to seven different countries since the start of the new year, some with her young daughter and others alone, blogging about her journey on her page mumpacktravel

If her trip isn’t overly long Ms Farrell will opt for carry-on only so there is no worries about losing her luggage between airports, and it ensures she actually wears everything inside the bag.

To ensure everything remains neat and tidy she swears by packing cubes for swimming costumes, underwear and bras so they don’t end up jumbled together in her bag.

For those struggling to fit everything they own into a tiny carry-on, Ms Farrell has shared her all-important ‘pillow hack’.

To ensure everything remains neat and tidy she swears by packing cubes for swimming costumes, underwear and bras so they don't end up jumbled together in her bag

To ensure everything remains neat and tidy she swears by packing cubes for swimming costumes, underwear and bras so they don’t end up jumbled together in her bag

‘This is a cheapskate tip, and one that my daughter and I tried last month when we went to Vietnam with carry-on luggage only. Every airline allows passengers to carry a pillow, and so instead of an actual pillow inside the case, you can pack the pillowcase with clothes,’ she told Mamamia.

‘You’ll need two pillow cases – pack your clothes in the first one, then slip the other one over it so that the opening of the first faces the closed end of the second.’

When she leaves the country she’s transiting through, particularly if its Asia, Ms Farrell chooses to wash and dry her dirty clothes there to avoid having to do it as soon as she’s landed. 

HOW TO STUFF YOUR NECK PILLOW WITH EXTRA CLOTHES:

Chelsea Dickenson, from North London, who runs cheapholidayexpert.com took to TikTok to reveal her favourite travel tip. 

In the clip, Chelsea, 32, removed the foam from her neck pillow and proceeded to stuff it with numerous clothing items. 

She captioned the video, which racked up over 1.4 million views, ‘If this works it’s gonna be a GAMECHANGER! #travelhack #budgettravel #cheaptravel’

Chelsea said her hack was more ‘lower risk’ than the one she’s seen on TikTok where users stuff clothes in a large pillowcase.

Chelsea Dickenson, from North London, who runs, cheapholidayexpert.com revealed a useful hack to bring more clothes on a flight without checking in a bag in viral TikTok video

Chelsea Dickenson, from North London, who runs, cheapholidayexpert.com revealed a useful hack to bring more clothes on a flight without checking in a bag in viral TikTok video

She said: ‘So I have got a lower risk option for you to try, and it includes this. Yeah, so the other day I noticed it had a zip so I opened it up, there’s the memory foam – goodbye sunshine!

‘And instead, here’s my pants, probably shouldn’t have them on show, soz about that. 

‘Theres some tights that I’m putting in, also my hat, space for leggings also my T-shirt, so much room honestly.

‘Look how chocka full it is, I tightened it up, we are good to go.’  

She said revealed the idea came to her when she 'noticed it had a zip' so she opened it up and packed it full of clothes

She said revealed the idea came to her when she ‘noticed it had a zip’ so she opened it up and packed it full of clothes 

In the clip, Chelsea, 32, removed the foam from her neck pillow and proceeded to stuff it with numerous clothing items

In the clip, Chelsea, 32, removed the foam from her neck pillow and proceeded to stuff it with numerous clothing items

She captioned the video, which racked up over 1.4 million views, 'If this works it's gonna be a GAMECHANGER! #travelhack #budgettravel #cheaptravel'

She captioned the video, which racked up over 1.4 million views, ‘If this works it’s gonna be a GAMECHANGER! #travelhack #budgettravel #cheaptravel’

From inside the airport the travel expert said:’ I am about to start boarding, let’s see if this works.’ 

In a follow-up video, she revealed that her hack did indeed work. 

Her final tip is to use the Sleeping in Airports website to see which airports having the best ratings, hotels nearby or, if you get stuck, the best places to have a nap before your next flight

Her final tip is to use the Sleeping in Airports website to see which airports having the best ratings, hotels nearby or, if you get stuck, the best places to have a nap before your next flight

That way, she’s prepared for the next trip should it be back-to-back.

‘All across Asia, and in many countries around the world, you can get your entire travel wardrobe washed, dried, and folded at laundries very cheaply. I get everything washed the day before I leave, pop it into my packing cubes then back into my wardrobe when I get home,’ she said.

Her final tip is to use the Sleeping in Airports website to see which airports having the best ratings, hotels nearby or, if you get stuck, the best places to have a nap before your next flight.

Ms Farrell said she often slept in airports between flights pre-Covid, with Starbucks being their favourite spot, although usually it’s easier to curl up in a lounge now. 



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