Are TikTok influencers’ journey ‘hacks’ actually definitely worth the time?

Traveling beyond your doorstep seems adventurous these days.

Nonetheless, one Tiktok influencer (two words that disappeared under the lexicon radar in these strange times to become common parlance in these strange times) felt it pertinent to share her top tips for bypassing the draconian low-cost airline rules- To share luggage.

Kristen Black claims she found the perfect packing strategy for taking extra baggage on a flight and shared a video on social media to prove it.

She first put a large sweater on the floor and put some clothes on it. Then she rolled the sweater into a tube shape with the extra clothes inside. Then she used the sleeves to tie the sweater around her neck and pretended it was a “neck pillow”. Her final advice was to balance a souvenir she had just bought at the airport on top of her head and then put on a hat to keep it in place.

The video has been viewed more than nine million times and is hugely popular with people trying to crack a travel hack.

The final word is courtesy of The Sun. I know I’m getting on in years when I’m forced to consult the Urban Dictionary to learn a new meaning for an old word.

There I am told that this is “a clever or elegant technical achievement, especially one with a playful or joking tendency. A clever routine in a computer program, especially one that uses tools for purposes other than their intended, could be viewed as a hack. Students at engineering universities like MIT are famous for performing nifty hacks like disassembling the dean’s car and then reassembling it in his house, or turning a 14-story building into a giant Tetris game by putting up computer-controlled lighting panels install his windows. ”

This makes it child’s play to hide a souvenir under your house. But I don’t want to contradict the enthusiasm of nine million Tiktok users.

The metro was also impressed and took the trouble to ask flight attendants and cabin crew for tips on how to get the most out of every inch of luggage space.

Daisy White was a cabin crew member for 12 years. She explained that the crew always have to haul their suitcases themselves, so they always try to pack light luggage.

“Roll up a pair of socks with two pairs of panties in each pair,” she suggests.

“Try to pack minimal shoes,” she adds. “Flip-flops are cute enough to double as dress shoes, sneakers that also double as sneakers and sightseeing shoes.”

This is a woman after my heart. In the past, to the unbelief of many, we took a three-week vacation with hand luggage. (I should point out that we had laundry facilities available and weren’t total killers.)

And of course it was France. The weather was either hot and sunny or very hot and sunny. Shorts and t-shirts don’t take up much space.

Stays are a whole different story when packing requires planning for each season of the year, often on a summer day.

Now there is a Tiktok challenge …

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