Imagine this scenario: You’re packing for your next trip. The suitcase is open on the bed, and you’re reading your list of everything you’ll need to take with you.
Sandals? it’s here. Camera? yep. hat? it’s here.
Duct tape? Wait….what?
You’ve read that right. A small roll of duct tape takes up very little room in your suitcase, and can save you in a variety of different ways. From patching a tear in your shoes, jacket, or trusty bag to baby proofing a hotel room in ten seconds by covering outlets. Hem your pants. Use as a bandage when you don’t have one. The list is amazingly long.
Here are four more things that you Must Have in your Packing List:
External USB battery charger. Nothing is more frustrating or panic-inducing than finding yourself lost when you need to pull up that email with directions, or that map to your hotel, or make a phone call when you find yourself having your smartphone with a dead battery on you. Save outlet space in airports, hotels, train stations, and other oft-traveled places. Always have a way to charge up your phone, tablet, or other USB powered electronic device, even if there are no outlets available.
The humble safety pin can be an amazing asset. Aside from the usual functions — holding your pants or shirt together, for example, when you lose a button — they also can serve to keep small items like jewelry or keys together, to keep everything organized and in one place. Discreetly place a pin on the inside hem of a slip or satin jacket lining to eliminate static cling. Use them to attach easily-lost things like mittens to the zipper or hood of your kids’ jackets.
A few strips of chamois (or other absorbent fabric) in different sizes. You can keep them all in a zip-lock bag (along with a couple of other bags for temporarily storing used clothes until you can wash them) — but having different sizes helps for different situations, and it’s best to choose fabrics that are also quick-drying. Small squares for cleaning glasses. A washcloth for bigger spills or for freshening up at a rest stop. Use a bandana-sized piece to tie back your hair or, when dampened, tie around your head on a hot day to keep cool. A long, narrow strip can serve as an emergency belt, hair tie, ace bandage, or even a way to tie a bag closed if a zipper breaks. They even make fantastic travel towels, because they roll up into a compact size, suck up the liquid, and dry completely in no time at all.
My contact information. As your travel designer, my job doesn’t end when your trip starts! It’s not common, but sometimes complications arise while you are traveling, and I am always available to you to help you with any difficult situations you might find yourself in. (This is, of course, just one of the many perks of working with a travel agent!) Before your trip, you can make a “favorites” list in your phone of all trip-related contact info — my number and email address, hotel, car rental, reservations, etc. — for easy access. That way, I’m always just a text away.
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