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


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] [imgclear]

Split Key Rings


If you’re taking a few bags and want some added security, you might consider taking split key rings instead of padlocks. Padlocks may add a lot of security, but they’re heavy and cumbersome. If a thief really wants to get into your bag, a master padlock is not only pretty easy to cut through but it’s also easy to crack. The lock really serves more as a heavy deterrent. Using a split key ring as a bag lock isn’t as secure, but it takes time to remove and will ward off thieves who are just looking to break in, grab something and run. [Source: Rick Steve’s Europe] [imgclear]

Duct Tape


Surprisingly, there is such thing as travel-sized duct-tape. Why would you want it on holidays? In many cases you wouldn’t, but if you end up with torn luggage, a damaged purse, or a broken shoe it’s one way for some temporary repair (although definitely not pretty). It’s also a good way to keep any bottles with liquid sealed during the flight so you don’t have any unwanted spills. While you can certainly seal them before you leave, you’ll still need some extra duct tape for sealing them on the trip home. [Source: Travel Lists] [imgclear]

Baby Powder


If your holiday is taking you to the beach (or anywhere else with sand), you’re going to get sand stuck in your toes and on your body. Oddly, baby powder can make it quite a bit easier to get off. Sprinkle a little baby powder where you’ve got some stubborn sand, and you won’t have to worry about tracking it into your hotel room or into the bed sheets. [Source: Ramblings, the Offical Blog of Legacy Travel] [imgclear]

A Corkscrew


It’s easy to spend a lot of money on holidays because you’re always eating out, but what really drives the price is paying for wine at a restaurant. It’s much cheaper if you buy your wine from a local store. While you might not be able to enjoy it at dinner, you can back in your hotel or even under the stars if you know of a good spot. Tracking a small, pocketable corkscrew — in checked luggage, of course — makes this option a lot more practical. [Source: Rick Steve’s Europe]

A Clothespin


Sometimes you find yourself in a hotel and the shades don’t close all the way, so every morning you’re woken up bright and early thanks to that one little sliver of light that’s just hitting your eye. If you take a clothespin (or two) on your trip, you have a means of easily pinning the blinds exactly where you want them. A more Lifehacker-like alternative? A binder clip. [Source: Ramblings, the Offical Blog of Legacy Travel]

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?

  • The point was the curious would actually take time to destroy or remove (what ever what not) both the key ring and the padlock. But of course, padlocks are more secured.

  • 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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