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.

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