Unusual travel gear that you should pack for your next trip or hotel stay

Anyone planning to travel knows to pack the essentials. But there are a few items that only extremely experienced travelers know to include in or with their luggage. Before you and your family head out the door on your next trip or vacation, here is a list of items that you might not think of bringing along, but might come in handy.

  • Plastic Storage Bags – Quart sized storage bags are excellent for creating a personal toiletry bag for each person on a trip. A travel toothbrush, small tube of toothpaste, travel sized deodorant, and other personal hygiene items can be placed in individual bags so that each person can find his or her travel accessories easier. Gallon sized bags are good for packing underwear, socks, etc. The bags make it easier to identify each individual’s personal items in a shared suitcase.
  • Bath Towels – Line the bottom of each suitcase with a bath towel. The bath towel makes unpacking the suitcase easier because everything can be lifted out upon arrival at the destination and/or upon returning home. Towels also make excellent dividers when placed between sets of clothes in shared suitcases.
  • Pillowcases – Pillowcases are good for bringing home dirty clothes. The pillowcase can be thrown in to the wash along with the dirty clothes upon returning home.
  • Flip flops – Flip flops are inexpensive and are perfect for wearing in showers that have been used by strangers. They are light-weight, easy to put on and take off, and they can be used as a spare pair of shoes when other shoes start to get uncomfortable. Flip flops are perfect to wear during airport security screenings.
  • An Empty Suitcase – A small empty suitcase is handy for bringing home souvenirs and clothing purchased during a trip.
  • Light-weight Backpack – Travel and backpacks are a perfect match. Theme park visits, trips to the beach, or hiking in the mountains are all easier with a light-weight backpack to carry gear.
  • Microwavable Snacks – Most nice resort and hotel rooms have microwaves in them. After all of the sightseeing is over and dinner has been digested, packing snacks for late at night is a smart idea. It also saves money. Some easy to pack snacks include microwave popcorn and microwavable dinners. Instant oatmeal can be made for breakfast using the microwave. Tea bags can be easily packed if the coffee provided in hotel rooms is not to a traveler’s liking.
  • Paper Plates, Cups, & Plastic Cutlery – Bringing along paper plates, paper cups, and plastic cutlery can make eating in a hotel room much easier. A slice of pizza on a paper plate feels a little more like a meal than eating it straight out of the box. There is usually only one or two paper or plastic cups provided in a hotel room, not enough for an extended stay.  Bring a few of your own.
  • First Aid Kit – Be prepared for accidents, headaches, insect bites, etc. Many first aid kits also include emergency sewing kits.
  • Directions – There’s nothing worse than arriving at a destination and then having to ask how to get to the area attractions. For anyone that does not have GPS, it’s a good idea to find out the address of your resort or hotel and then print out directions to any attractions that you plan to visit before leaving home. Many hotels provide maps to area attractions, but sometimes the maps are hard to understand. – Google Maps
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