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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If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

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Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.