No matter where you’re traveling, there are a few things you can add to your grab-and-go bag that will make things run a little more smoothly. These eight items will turn you into the MacGyver of the vacation set. Think about these items when you pack.
Power Strip Have you ever found an outlet shortage at the airport? A multi-socket power strip helps share the juice from a single public outlet. Forgot your charging electronics in your hotel room? By plugging all of your electronics into the same place, you’ll be less likely to leave one behind. Don’t forget the adapter and a converter for traveling abroad!
Bandana The list of obvious uses for a bandanna is long– hand towel, lens cleaner, eye mask, hair tie, headband, scarf, dampened it becomes a cooling device– but this versatile carry-on can also work in a pinch as a pillow when you tie it around a bundled-up sweater, as a hobo handbag to tote your belongings and even as a sling for a sprained arm.
Duct Tape The reputed all-purpose duct tape can be used from bandaging up exploded luggage to removing lint from clothing. Carry a small roll (about $5) with you to patch tears in bags, clothing or shoes; baby-proof your hotel room by covering outlets and securing drawers shut; hold together a well-worn guidebook when the spine gives out; and more.
Travel Mug Not just for drinks, transport sunglasses or delicate souvenirs in an empty travel mug to prevent damage — just make sure it has a wide mouth and it’s got a secure screw top. During your trip, the mug can be an eco-friendly to-go cup or a great decoy for stashing valuables in your hotel room. Who would target a coffee-stained thermos?
Moist Towelettes Not just for babies, they can sanitize your hands and kill germs on tray tables, doorknobs, tabletops, and other public places. Use them as a refreshing face cloth after a day spend in transit. The alcohol in many wet wipes helps remove ink stains in a pinch, too! Pack a few Shout Wipes for guaranteed stain-protection.
Tote Bag Many shops abroad charge extra for single-use plastic bags, so bring your own expandable tote. Bring one that’s tough enough to toss around as a carry-on and handle farmers market, picnic, and beach items, too. At trip’s end, cordon off the dirty laundry inside your suitcase to preserve the freshness of any clean clothes that are left.
Silicone Travel Bottles TSA-approved mini bottles are old news to an experienced traveler. But, their rigid plastic shells waste expensive moisturizer, sunscreen, and hair products that can’t be squeezed out. Enter squishy travel bottles made out of transparent, soft silicone that are easy to clean, more flexible to pack, and good until the last drop.
Safety Pins How many times have these come in handy as a multifunctional travel tool. Clasp the zippers of your day pack together to deter thieves, use in place of a missing zipper pull, a missing button or to mend other wardrobe malfunctions; tack kids’ pant legs up when hiking through mucky terrain; even prevent static cling in a dress or a skirt by slipping the safety pin into the seam of your slip (the metal has repelling properties).
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