Pack like a Pro – best kept secrets

There are times you get to wherever you’re going and realize I forgot to pack ___!!! And there are times you realize Thank goodness I packed this ___!!!

hand sanitizerMost often its the former. But this trip, I am so grateful for my hand sanitizer and it’s good friend: tissues. You never know when you will get to a bathroom with no TP and no soap (already happened to me twice this trip!). When you are spending so much time on public transit, you’re going to want to eat at some point and you will thank yourself for bringing some Purell. I promise.

There are plenty of other items that merit a spot on your packing list. I will bypass the usuals like ID, phone, chargers, etc and just give you an idea of the type of things you might need that you might not have thought to bring.  So here we go!

  • Hand Sanitizer & Pack of tissues
  • Journal with waterproof pen  – to write memories or directions, phone numbers, etc.  It’s always good to have.
  • Ziploc bags – whether you have a wet towel, dirty laundry, food storage or sea shells you want to take home, you will find a reason to need a ziploc bag.
  • Travel Clothes line – if you plan to wash clothes, you might not have the luxury of a dryer. If you anticipate this sort of situation, best come prepared to air-dry.
  • Sewing Kit / Safety pins – You never know when a bag will rip or your pants will split. And if you need to pop a blister-you’re all set!
  • Earplugs/eyecover – if you are a light sleeper, do yourself this favor.
  • Copy of passport in email!!! – This one is really really good. If you are so unfortunate to lose or have your passport stolen, having this copy could be a life saver. And if you simply print a copy and keep it in your wallet–the theif probably won’t leave that behind for you. I’ve done this for years and it’s so helpful, even for just booking tickets.
  • Luggage Locks – These need to be TSA approved so they can open your bags without opening the lock. Its also nice to have a lock in case you need to put your stuff in a storage locker, etc, anytime you are traveling.
  • Make sure you don’t find yourself here. My pink bow wont be so funny.

    A recognizable strap for your luggage – I’ve been that person who feels so dumb when they walk off with the wrong luggage or waits for twenty minutes as their bag circles them repeatedly. Now I have a bright pink bow on my bags, and baggage claim is so much easier!

  • Cloth bag – just a small tote that you can go grocery shopping with. Some places make you pay for bags, and if you plan to do a lot of shopping, it’s nice to have a sturdy bag to use. Also, you can use it as your “personal item” on the flight home, in case you return with more stuff you started with.
  • Feminine Products – I’ll leave this one to this blogger who says it best: “these are often harder to find than they should be (especially with language barriers), so it’s a good idea to bring at least a month’s supply. Even if you don’t need them, someone else will, and having them will get you lots of good travel karma.”
  • Tweezers/Nail clippers – hang nails and splinters can ruin your day. I can’t travel without these. And if you need to cut a string for your sewing kit, nail clipper are a TSA friendly option.

For this last one, I went to the web to see what people think. To bring a knife or not to bring a knife? And this is what I saw:

Contrary to every man’s instinct, a knife is very rarely useful. –

Seriously. Uncorking a wine bottle, adding an extra hole in your belt, getting a splinter out of your finger, this is the tool of choice. Mock if you like, but mine’s been useful more times than I can count, and so it tops the list. –

I’ve never traveled with a knife, but if your man instincts tell you otherwise, I say go for it!

And there you have it! Did I miss anything? Leave a comment below or shoot me an email.

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