Unusual Items Worth Packing On Your Next Holiday

Unusual Items Worth Packing On Your Next Holiday

When you travel you take your essentials, but there are a lot of things you might not think to bring that could add a bit extra to your trip. Here are a few suggestions for strange and unusual items you might want to pack on your next holiday.

A Colour Copy of Your Passport

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Split Key Rings

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Duct Tape

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Baby Powder

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A Corkscrew

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A Clothespin

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Got any strange but useful items you like to pack for travel? Share ’em in the comments!


  • thanks! will use some of these ideas on my next holiday 😉

    I always make a copy of my passport and travel papers like tickets and upload to cloud for backup as well as carry a copy.

  • I like to carry an australian spec powerboard.

    Combined with one travel adaptor, this gives you 4 outlets, which is enough for charging two phones and a camera, with one to spare for a hair-dryer or whatever else needs to be used.

    You could carry 4 adaptors, but finding 4 spare powerpoints in a hotel room is near on impossible.

    • +1 to the Aussie power strip. It means I just need one converter for the country I’m visiting… and overcomes the problem of needing to charge phone, computer, camera, etc with only one hotel powerpoint. For this reason I also carry one even when travelling in Aust.

      I also carry my Apple Airport Express. It’s a compact, light, easy, plug-n-forget way to turn one hotel ethernet connection into my own person WiFi room network. All my devices (notebook, iPhone, iPad are already know to it. Works perfectly when hotel WiFi is “lobby only” or just plain crappy in your room.

  • (1) Ultrathin plastic shower curtain from $2 shop to put under dripping washing hanging from (2) clothesline attached by (3) pegs. Clothes washed in sink fitted with (4) plug.

    (5) Oz powerboard connected to locally bought (6) extension cord (prolongateur in French) to reach from wierdly located sockets. Also (6.1) converters always fall out of wall socket. I use (7) gaffer tape to keep converter in extension cable and PC brick in power board.

    (8) Smallest Wiltshire staysharp knife in scabbard for cutting up food along with (9) cutlery and (10 plates.

    (11) PC security cable to secure PC in hotel rooms.

    (12) External HD to back up photos. Also has movies on it for when you get tired of watching A-Team in French. BTW I find it is much easier to watch French TV if I turn on subtitles as I read French a lot better than I can pick up on rapid fire spoken French.

    We have (13) cardboard panels that I make when we arrive that fit side windows of car and (14) foldup sunscreen for windscreen so we can use (15) pee bottle with (16) funnel attachment in privacy as required.

    Andrew Watson
    Lake Garda, Italy
    In E50 hotel with fantastic views of lake
    Free parking, breakfast and wifi

  • I agree with the list, except for the padlocks. Especially in the wake of a certain boogie-board-shaped drug haul, having a proper “travel” padlock makes your bag much less of a target, and it’s obvious when the thing’s been tampered with.

  • I don’t know about the key rings instead of padlocks, I mean if they have the bolt cutters to cut the padlock off, wouldn’t they just be able to cut the key ring off? Do thieves usually pick the padlocks?

  • Just a quick warning just make sure that you put the duct tape in your checked bags as they will take it off you at security as it could be a restrainting device.

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