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

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13. Flashlight

Having a flashlight can be useful on long plane rides, or in hostels, so that you can read and work without disturbing your fellow travelers. It can also be handy to have one around in case of a power outage. And don’t forget to use it to check that you didn’t forget anything under the bed at the hotel!

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14. Trash Bag

A simple trash bag can be used for so many different things while you’re traveling. If you’re caught without a raincoat in a storm, use it as quick poncho. Tie it over your bag to ensure that it’s waterproof. If you have to sit outside for a long time, make sure that your pants stay clean by putting down the bag to sit on first.

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15. Pill Container

Although a travel pill container makes most people think of their grandparents, your Granny may be the smartest traveler out there. Packing a travel pill container gives you space to tuck tiny things that can easily get lost, like earrings, hair ties, painkillers, or memory cards. You can also easily switch it between your suitcase and other travel bags, which is an ideal way to ensure that you have all the necessities on you for a day of hiking or sightseeing.

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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.