16 Crazy Useful Things You Wouldn’t Think to Pack for Vacation

Everyone thinks they have the ultimate packing list figured out — but why not check out this list for a few things you may have forgotten about? These brilliant packing list hacks will ensure you’re always safe, dry and fully charged up while traveling.

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    1. Laundry Detergent

    Many people don’t realize how easy it is to pack light, and wash some clothes in the hotel or hostel bathroom while you’re on vacation. A lot of brands sell tiny, one-use, no-rinse packages of laundry detergent, which are easy to pack in a small suitcase. Challenge yourself to make your next holiday carry-on only!

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    2. Safety Pin

    Many people think of safety pins as just a quick fix for clothing rips or tears, but they have so many more uses that you haven’t thought of yet! In your hotel room, close that stubborn gap in the blinds using a tiny safety pin, and sleep until well after the sun comes up. Use the tiny head of a safety pin to reset electronics, or even secure the zippers on your bag if you find yourself without a lock.

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    3. Sewing Kit

    Even the smallest sewing kit composed of a few threaded needles can be a lifesaver when you’re traveling. If you’ve packed light, and rip one of your only shirts or pairs of pants, you can find yourself stuck without knowing where to go to buy more clothes. A small travel sewing kit will allow you to fix awkward holes, rips, or vanished buttons quickly without fuss.

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