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

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4. Small Power Bar

Many times, travelers find themselves jockeying for the only outlet in a gigantic airport lounge or restaurant full of people. Make friends with other desperate travelers by bringing a small power bar, which can be plugged into the single outlet and shared between a few people. This can also save you time by charging all your devices at once, so you don’t have to wait around while everything charges individually.

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5. Duct Tape

Although it seems like in everyday life, people use duct tape to solve all their problems, many people don’t think to bring any when they go on vacation. Save yourself from bringing the whole roll by wrapping a few strips around a travel mug, or pill bottle. This way, you can rip off exactly what you need when you need it. Use it to fix broken luggage, or even splint broken fingers or toes. Duct tape can truly be used for anything if you use your imagination!

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6. Reusable Water Bottle

In many parts of the world, water fountains are not readily available, and tourists are accustomed to buying multiple bottles of water per day to quench their thirst after walking and sightseeing. Cut down on plastic waste and excess expense by bringing a reusable water bottle from home. Save money all day long by filling it up wherever you find water available.



Keep Your Flight Boarding Pass and Get Discounts on Your Vacation

After boarding a flight, most people just stuff their boarding pass into their carry-on and forget about it. By doing this, you’re missing out on potential savings. Many airlines offer discounts and freebies for those who keep their boarding pass. Depending on where you land, you could score savings on tourist attractions, restaurants, wine, or even airport transfers.

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.