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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!