Wear A Wedding Band For Safe Travelling, Even If You Aren't Married

Women are at high risk when travelling alone, even locally. Lifehack.org recommends wearing a gold band on your ring finger to deter possible threats, even if you’re not married.


How To Save Money Using The Opal Card

Sydney’s Opal public transport smart card is about to become the default option for a lot more people, with 14 current paper tickets no longer available as of September 1. Here’s how to make the most of it so you can minimise your spend and maximise your value.


Road Trip Planner Is A Cheat Sheet To Plan Your Journey

Road trips are awesome. Planning road trips is not awesome. This new cheat sheet takes some of the pain out of road trips and tells you what you need to know.


Alongways Finds Interesting And Useful Stops Along Your Road Trip

Planning a road trip is rarely just about finding the fastest route between two points. You also have to consider stops for petrol, bathrooms, food or entertainment. Alongways is a Google Maps mashup that lets you type in your origin and destination, and search for anything you want along the way, from “pizza” to “dog parks” and everything in-between.


Ask LH: Will Switching States Speed Up My P-Plates?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m a P-plater from Victoria who is now living in NSW. The P-plate restriction in Victoria runs for four years. I wanted to ask whether if I transfer my license to a NSW license I’d escape the last year of my P-plate restriction? Which set of rules apply and what’s the best way to switch?


Dress Kids In Bright Matching Colours To Avoid Losing Them In A Crowd

If you’re heading somewhere very crowded, and you’d rather not lose your children there, highly visible clothing colours might help. Hint Mama contributor Karen Witham used neon yellow-green shirts for her kids — hideous, she says, but still useful in crowded areas.

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Ask LH: How Can I Stay Dry Without An Umbrella?

Hi Lifehacker, I recently started working in an office building quite close to where I live. It’s a half hour walk through some lovely suburban streets, across a freeway overpass and into an industrial area. This is the first time in my life I haven’t been driving or public transporting to work and I enjoy it. However, the recent inclement weather, while a boon to struggling farmers, is causing me problems.


Shop For Carry-On Luggage Without External Pockets For Easier Flying

You can save time and hassle by never checking in luggage when flying. Consumer Reports has put together a short video with tips on how to buy carry-on luggage, including avoiding exterior pouches since they can make your bag too big.


ACCC Takes Petrol Giants To Court Over Price Sharing

Consumer regulator the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is sometimes criticised for not doing more to ensure petrol pricing is fair and competitive. That situation appears to have reversed dramatically today, with the ACCC taking Woolworths, Coles, 7-Eleven, BP and Caltex to court over allegations of “price sharing” that has reduced competition in the petrol market.


Schedule Your Workouts When On The Road To Stay Committed To Fitness

When travelling for work or pleasure, it’s tempting to avoid exercise. Many of us get too busy or just slack off. Schedule a time and place for your workouts in advance to keep yourself accountable.