We’re back to traveling in 2022! Here are some things no one thinks to pack but maybe should.
• Power strip: Outlet shortage at the airport? A multi-socket power strip helps share the juice from a single public outlet. Forgot your device in your hotel room? By plugging all of your electronics into the same place, you’ll be less likely to leave one behind.
• Bandana: The list of obvious uses for a bandanna is long — hand towel, lens cleaner, eye mask, face mask, hair tie, headband, scarf, cooling device (when dampened) — but this versatile carry-on can also work in a pinch as a pillow when you tie it around a bundled-up sweater, as a sling for a sprained arm, and even as a handbag to tote your belongings.
• Duct Tape: From bandaging up exploded luggage to removing lint from clothing, duct tape earns its all-purpose reputation. Carry a small roll with you to patch tears in shoes, bags, or clothing; baby-proof your hotel room by covering outlets and securing drawers shut; hold together a well-worn guidebook when the spine gives out; and more.
• Safety Pins: The safety pin: a multifunctional travel tool. Clasp the zippers of your day pack together to deter thieves; use in place of a missing button, zipper pull, or to mend other wardrobe malfunctions; tack kids’ pant legs up when hiking through mucky terrain.