Trash bags, duct tape, power strip and more! Here is a list of things to pack in your suitcase that could save you some time and sanity on your next vacation!
Whether you’re traveling to Europe, Niagara Falls or the Cayman Islands, these packing tips will help you no matter where you’re going!
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Things You Never Thought About Packing But Should
We love vacation but the one thing we hate? Packing! It always seems like you pack to much or too little. Then you always find out you forgot something. Or you didn’t pack something you desperately needed because you didn’t think you would need it! No lists in the world can prepare you for packing on vacation because everyone is different and needs different things. Plus there are some things you should pack that you never thought about.
We know that space in the suitcase is like prime real estate at a luxury destination but with a little planning you can fit all these items. That way you can always be prepared and when something happens you will be able to say “I am so glad I packed that!” Take a look at our list and let us explain.
Items You Need To Bring
1. Copy of Important Documents
You would think this would be a given but a lot of people forget about it. If your purse or wallet is stolen it could cause a nightmare if you don’t have copies of your important documents. (Especially your passport if you are in a foreign country!) It is best to make copies of everything and put them in your carry on. When you arrive at your destination, put them in the safe. If the unthinkable happens you will be prepared!
2. The Right Credit Card
If you think all credit cards are created equally, think again. Having the right credit card can save you a ton of money while you’re traveling! If you’re vacationing overseas, you’ll want to make sure you have one that won’t charge you a foreign transaction fee. Or, if you’re planning on checking bags, having the airline’s credit card can save you from having to pay to check those bags.
My favorite credit card to use while I’m traveling is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. This card doesn’t charge you a fee when you make purchases outside of the country and you get great travel insurance when you book travel with the card.
Some countries require credit cards to have the chip feature (no swiping allowed) while others require your cards to have raised numbers. So double-check before you go to make sure you bring the best method of payment.
3. Duct Tape
No one really thinks they need a roll of duct tape for their vacation. It can be surprisingly useful though. Especially when you need to make an unexpected repair to your suitcase, handbag, or anything else. It is light, so it won’t add much weight to your suitcase.
Another item that you just don’t think you need. Until you’re trying to find something to cut that duct tape with. Or that wristband, loose thread, or even the price tag off a new shirt. Plus, most hotels or places don’t have scissors in the room. Just make sure to put them in your checked bag because airlines do have rules about scissors being in carry-ons.
5. Garbage Bags
These can be used to hold damp bathing suits, or dirty clothes. At the end of your vacation, they can become extra padding for breakable souvenirs.
6. Power Strip
If you are traveling alone you may not need this, but if you are traveling as a family, this is a must. Everything needs to be charged nowadays, and this will save you a lot of headaches because you can plug in multiple devices at one time. If you are traveling abroad make sure the one you purchase will work with the outlets.
Also, check with where you are staying because some places have rules about power strips. For instance if you are traveling on a cruise ship you can’t have a power strip that has a surge protector. It can short out the electrical wiring and cause a fire.
More Helpful Packing Ideas
- Packing List For Europe
- What To Pack In Your Carry On
- Printable Cruise Packing List
- Packing List Free Printable
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Excellent ideas for packing light!
There were so many great suggestions. Thank you for sharing!
You’re very welcome!
I never thought to pack duct tape!!!! Adding it to my car kit now 🙂
One thing that’s proven handy for me countless times is having a small stash of various sizes of safety pins in my bag. I also always pack a couple small binder clips because I’ve never not used them. They’re great for keeping pamphlets and visitor guides from attractions together, clipping a parking garage ticket to the sun visor, keeping chargers from getting all tangled, and I’ve used slightly bigger ones to clamp closed a few untimely backpack zipper failures too.
That’s such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
Also great for keeping curtains together in hotel rooms- they always have that little crack of sunlight that beams in!
Thanks for advice!
We went on a cruise to Hawaii and my husband broke his raw hide shoe lace on his casual shoes. try to find shoelaces in Hololulu!
They take up so little room, why not take an extra pair.
I NEVER would have thought of that! When you’re on an island where sandals are the norm, who needs laces?? Thanks for sharing!!!