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

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10. Band Aids

This seems like an obvious choice, but a lot of people don’t think of this when packing for a fun vacation abroad. Even having a few band aids can be a lifesaver if you find yourself with scrapes or blisters after a long day of walking around. As well, in some places in the world, tattoos have a different cultural meaning than you might be aware of. Covering them up with a band aid is a quick fix for a potentially awkward situation.

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11. Flip Flops

Even if you’re traveling in winter, make sure to take a pair of flip flops along. Use them in the shower in shared accommodation, or in the halls of the hotel. As well, getting your expensive pair of walking shoes wet in the rain can make them squishy and damp for days. Bringing a pair of flip flops along for rainstorms can save you days of walking in gross shoes.

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12. Stain Remover

Packing a pocket stain remover stick can help if you travel with clothes that you really like. Nothing is worse than getting marinara on your favorite shirt, and being far away from a washing machine. At the very least, a stain remover stick will help minimize the damage that messy food and dirt can cause.

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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.

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.