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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The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!