8 Unique Items To Pack for Your Next Trip
Travel, as enjoyable as it is, can sometimes be stressful. There will always be some overlook, regardless of how well you plan. You'll almost certainly forget your toothbrush or your favorite shoes. Of course, you can usually pick up small items left at home after you get to your destination. However, certain items are simply easier to bring with you. Here are some items you may not have considered but should absolutely bring with you on your next vacation.
- Power Strip
There are few things more frustrating than arriving at your hotel room and finding only one outlet. You have to decide whether you want a lamp and an alarm clock, your portable projector, or if you want to charge your electronics. Unless you bring your own power strip, that is. You also don't need to bring a full-size power strip. Compact power strips are available from Belkin, Philips, and other manufacturers. They convert one plug into multiple outlets and, in most cases, also include USB connections. Travel power strips and portable surge protectors are essential for anyone with multiple devices.
- Quick-Drying Towel
You never know when a towel will come in handy. Perhaps you were caught in an unexpected rainstorm and needed to dry off. Or perhaps you arrived at your Airbnb only to discover that towels were not provided. Quick-drying towels aren't the softest or most pleasant towels to dry off with, but they do the job and don't add too much size or weight to your luggage. Best of all, because they dry rapidly, you won't have to wait long to throw them in your bag and go.
- Trash Bags
Packing trash bags in your luggage may appear to be inconvenient. The trash is usually emptied by hotel maintenance before you may fill up a trash can or bag. However, you will not be disposing of waste in a trash can—instead, separate filthy garments from those that are still clean in your baggage with spare garbage bags. Just remember to keep the trash bag in your luggage, so it doesn't get mixed up with actual rubbish. If you don't feel comfortable putting your dirty clothes in a trash bag, bring a mesh laundry bag with you or see if your hotel room has a disposable laundry bag.
- Dryer Sheets
You walk a lot more on vacation than you do at home — to train or subway stations, through the airport, and throughout the city. Your feet will feel the extra strain, and your shoes (and nose) may suffer as a result. Place a dryer sheet in each shoe when you return to the hotel at night to hide the odor and help aerate your shoes. You may also use dryer sheets to gently clean surfaces and freshen up an entire room by placing a sheet behind the AC unit's grille.
- Portable Router
Internet connections are usually hit or miss when traveling, but one thing is certain: a cable connection is nearly always more reliable than a wireless connection. In hotels, this is especially true. It may seem excessive to bring a mobile router, but they're so small and useful that it's worth it if you need to stay connected. You can get one for anywhere from $15 to $50, and they're usually not much bigger than your phone's wall adapter.
- Power Banks
When you're traveling, you're more likely to use your phone to check boarding passes, seek locations to visit and directions there, stay in touch with friends and family back home, and so on. Furthermore, you may be in and out of coverage regions, causing your phone's battery to deplete faster than usual. And when you're on the road, you never know when you'll have access to a power outlet. It's for this reason that you should bring your strength with you. Power banks are plentiful these days, but it's better to get one that's not just dependable but also capable of charging your phone numerous times before needing to be recharged.
Bring towelettes with you if you want to sanitize your hands, clean your face, or clean your electronics quickly. They should pass through security checks, allowing you to sanitize and clean without having to go to the restroom while you wait or while visiting the town.
- Down Jacket
You can never be sure what to expect, no matter how many times you check the weather before leaving on a trip. Even if you don't anticipate chilly evenings, it's a good idea to bring a jacket. A packable down jacket is one of the finest methods to do this without adding weight and size to your luggage. They're small, light, and warm, and they can often be packed into the size of a softball.
You should always be prepared for your trip. You can do that by remembering to include the above-mentioned items on your packing list.