Here are 7 things to consider including in your suitcase on your next family vacation that you might not ordinarily consider packing, but just might save the day in ways you may not expect:
1. Duct Tape. An all-purpose mending tool and lint remover, duct tape is a valuable addition to your packing list. This material can be used not only address holes in shoes and ripped luggage, it can also be used, among other things, to cover and baby-proof electrical outlets as well as seal the container that won’t shut.
2. Ziploc Bags. These bags are great for packing toiletries and other liquid items prone to leaking. Be sure to bring extras in varying sizes. Small ones can be used as ice packs for boo boos or keeping drinks and leftovers cold. Larger ones can be used to store wet bathing suits or dirty clothes.
3. Collapsible Cooler. This is a handy item to consider, especially if you are flying and need to travel light. It folds neatly and compactly in a suitcase and can be pulled out to store cold drinks or food for a picnic or in a room where a refrigerator is not readily available. In addition, the cooler can serve double duty as an extra suitcase to tote home your trip souvenirs.
4. Baby Powder. This is a valuable extra, especially if you are beach bound. Known to aid in the removal of sand, simply rub baby powder on the affected skin and the sand will come right off.
5. Safety Pins. These little gems are a great aid in temporarily mending ripped clothing, replacing a missing button, and tacking up pant legs. And, because metal has repelling properties, they can even help prevent static cling.
6. Travel Mug. Aside from its obvious uses as a beverage container, a sturdy travel mug with a wide mouth can be used to store delicate items in transit, such as sunglasses or fragile souvenirs. It can also be used to hide valuables you leave behind in your hotel room.
7. Clothespins. These are great in helping to avoid a bright and early wake up call when the curtains in your hotel room don’t quite close. They also serve as functional chip clips and even an anchor in securing a tablecloth while picknicking on a windy day.
What item will you add to your next vacation packing list?