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

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7. Corkscrew

Having a corkscrew on hand allows you to purchase wine wherever you are, to drink back at the hotel at night, or even al fresco. Packing a corkscrew will save you from having to search one out to purchase in a new city. Many corkscrews also come with a small penknife and bottle opener attached — three tools in one! Just remember not to pack it in your carry-on.

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8. Ziploc Bags

Having a few Ziploc bags packed in your luggage is especially helpful for flights. By packing all of your liquids in bags, you can ensure that even if the cap on your shampoo bottle comes loose, it doesn’t seep all over your clothing. They are also useful for corralling all of your small items by theme: Designate different bags for things like paperwork, electronics, and toiletries. That way, when you need to grab everything at once, it will all be together, and having a clear bag makes it a snap to figure out what goes where.

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9. Laundry Bag

A laundry bag might not be the first thing you would think of to pack when you’re going on vacation, but it can really come in handy. Use it to separate your worn, sweaty clothing from your fresh items. Having all of your dirty items together can make doing a quick load of laundry easy — no need to sort through everything. As well, if you’re staying in a hostel and need to quickly corral all of your valuables together to throw into a locker, use your laundry bag for a quick and secure solution.



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!

14 Ways to Spot a Frequent Traveler

The moment someone goes on their first trip and gets a taste of freedom and adventure, everything changes. They yearn for more travel, and the more they do it, the more experienced they become. It eventually gets to a point where travel is part of their lives, and it pretty much influences every decision they make. Even though you can find many different types of travelers and styles of traveling, there are some characteristics all frequent travelers share.

The Best Gifts for Travelers

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.