Packing. Some people love it, some people hate it. But whether or not you enjoy it, if you don’t pack smart you can end up needing things you left at home, or bringing so many things that your luggage weighs a ton. I always try to pack light… but I must admit, I am not usually a carry on only type of girl if I am going on an extended trip.
So what are 5 little things I don’t leave home without?
This is one thing I always throw in my toiletry bag. They are so useful. Applying makeup, applying antiseptic, cleaning sand out of your camera….. Not many people thing to bring Q-tips, and I always end up giving out my stash to travel companions and people sharing my dorm.
2) Passport cover
I learned the hard way when my passport was damaged by water that it is very useful to invest in a passport cover to keep it safe. They generally cost less than $20, and don’t add much extra weight to your bag.
3) Pocket Monkey
This is a cool little invention that I was sent to review. The Pocket Monkey is as thin as a credit card, and fits into the card holder in your wallet. It is basically a tiny little multi tool. Here is a basic list of features:
- It’s a bottle opener (that is what we use it the most for)
- Flat Screwdriver
- Micro Screwdriver – think the tiny screws used on glasses and sunglasses… how useful is this!!! We actually used it last week to fix my glasses
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Hex Wrench
- Letter opener
- Phone stand
- Door latch opener
- Straight edge – We have used this to cut those unbreakable ties they use to tie shoes together
- AND orange peeler and banana nicker
I used to keep a bottle opener on my keyring so I would always have one on me, but now I always have one in my wallet. AND it has tons of other uses as well.
4) Refillable 100 ml toiletry containers
These things are so useful. I like to bring my own particular toiletries from home which you often can not find elsewhere. With afro hair like mine, one becomes quite picky about the product used while travelling. (who wants to look like they have a bushel of straw on their head in their holiday snaps?) And of course, you can take these through security without any problem.
Sarongs are so, so, so useful. It can be a beach towel, a thin blanket, a shirt, and most importantly…. a TOWEL. Sarongs are super absorbent and dry faster than anything, even those icky microfiber towels. And the best thing is – they don’t get a stink to them after they have used a few times. Towels are bulky and often don’t dry quick enough when you are on the road, but often times hostels will charge you a fortune to rent a towel. Why not pack a sarong instead, which by the way, packs down to pretty much nothing at all.