When going through your packing list you usually never forget the essentials nor the few travel items that will be useful on your trip.
But how about the small things that you have at home that you would never thought handy when travelling ?
1. Baking soda
This is your new travel buddy ! Not only it is eco friendly but it has a thousand different uses… Known to help digestion, it can also remove stains on clothes or be used as a laundry softener or as toothpaste (it’s a powerful whitener and heals mouth ulcers). It’s also a skin exfoliant and a deodorant, and it can even relieve from an itching or burning sensation, and much more !
2. Coffee filters
Coffee filters will come in handy when backpacking through countries where the water isn’t that safe by simply filtering it. You can also tie up filters with baking soda inside and use it to prevent odors.
3. Duct tape
Duct tape fixes everything, from a broken shoe to a ripped off shirt or anything else really. In case you need to make sure your shampoo bottle is sealed, Duct tape thinking !
4. Zip lock plastic bags
You usually have them in your kitchen and you should definitely pack them for your trip. They can be used to securely lock your electronic devices from humidity, or to store food. As they are reusable and foldable they won’t take too much space in your backpack.
5. Photos and souvenirs from home
When meeting people on your travels, showing some photos of your family, your friends and your home will be a good ice breaker and a great way to gain people’s trust because they will feel like they know you better. It’s especially useful for communicating with persons you don’t have a language in common with. Also, bringing a few souvenirs from your home country or hometown is a good idea for giving gifts away to children or persons who will host/help you out.
6. Bike lock
It might not be the lightest item in your backpack but it is a secure way to attach your belongings.
Going on a treck or simply walking around a crowded city with your friends, you never know when a whistle can be useful. Such a little item won’t take a lot of space on your key ring and can be a life saver.
If you’re not a climber you might not think about packing a rope for your trip… But when you’re in a hostel trying to hang all your clothes on chairs and bunk beds you will be happy to have one so you can use it as a clothesline. It can even be useful when building a privacy fort with towels.
9. Multi-socket power strip
The time we stayed for 2 weeks in a resort in Malaysia where there was only one plug we were very happy to have it with us ! Plus by plugging all your items on the same spot you’ll be less likely to forget one.
10. Copy of your passport
If you ever lose or get your wallet stolen, keep a printed copy of your passport, as well as your visas, and store it in a different place. It can be a life saver.