Six Unusual Items to Take on Vacation

Some things obviously need to get packed. Your toothbrush, your underwear, your camera. There are some less obvious things that you may have never considered that might make your vacation even better.

A clothespin: Don’t you just hate how the blackout drapes in so many hotel rooms insist on letting in that little crack of light? I mean, half the reason to go on vacation is to be able to take a nap in the middle of the afternoon, right? A clothespin is just what the doctor ordered. Use it to securely fasten the sides of the drapes together and you can sleep the day away.

Baby Powder: Even if your diapering days are long behind you, baby powder can work wonders on vacation. We all like to dig our toes in the sand, but isn’t it the worst to find that same sand between those wonderful high thread count sheets at night? A sprinkle of baby powder makes the sand magically vanish from your body. Put it in your beach bag and use it when you’re ready to come in.

A Big Plastic Cup: Especially if you’re vacationing at an all inclusive resort, bringing a large cup helps cut down on your trips to the bar. Try to bring an insulated mug like a “Bubba Keg”. These will keep your alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks cold and available for hours.

Half of the clothes you were going to bring: Especially for a beach vacation, you probably won’t go through the clothes you think you will. Especially these days with baggage fees, less is more.

A Color Copy of Your Passport: If you’re leaving the country, pack a color copy of the picture page of your passport in your luggage. This serves two purposes: 1) If you get separated from your luggage it serves as identification to help reunite you and 2) If you lose your passport a copy of it will help you expedite the replacement of it.

A Pen: You wouldn’t think such a commonplace item would be considered unusual to take on vacation. But, if you don’t believe me, just glance around the plane on your next international flight when it’s time to fill out the customs forms. If you want to be really popular, take two pens.

A Power Strip: Many couples and families travel with lots of electronics. In some hotel rooms, power outlets aren’t exactly plentiful. bringing a power strip can be just the thing to keep the peace when cell phones, laptops and gaming systems all need more juice.

What about you? What’s the most unusual item you pack for vacation?

About Catherine Banks
Catherine has been sending people on great vacations since 1989. She is responsible for all of the websites associated with Legacy Travel and is the mother of two great kids. If she isn't working on a website, doing laundry or helping with homework, she's probably out walking Lacy, her Golden Retriever.

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  1. [...] In the event you’re travelling outside of the country and you’re separated from your luggage, keeping a colour copy of the first page of your passport packed inside said luggage will make it really easy to identify your bag if there’s a problem. Additionally, if you lose your passport you can expedite the replacement process if you have a copy. Hopefully you won’t need the copy at all, but it’s a very easy way to be prepared in case of a problem. [Source: Ramblings, the Offical Blog of Legacy Travel] [...]

  2. [...] In the event you’re traveling outside of the country and you’re separated from your luggage, keeping a color copy of the first page of your passport packed inside said luggage will make it really easy to identify your bag if there’s a problem. Additionally, if you lose your passport you can expedite the replacement process if you have a copy. Hopefully you won’t need the copy at all, but it’s a very easy way to be prepared in case of a problem. [Source: Ramblings, the Offical Blog of Legacy Travel] [...]

  3. [...] In the event you’re traveling outside of the country and you’re separated from your luggage, keeping a color copy of the first page of your passport packed inside said luggage will make it really easy to identify your bag if there’s a problem. Additionally, if you lose your passport you can expedite the replacement process if you have a copy. Hopefully you won’t need the copy at all, but it’s a very easy way to be prepared in case of a problem. [Source: Ramblings, the Offical Blog of Legacy Travel] [...]



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