These items frequent flyers pack are clever and offer so many uses. Savvy travelers pack all or some these items. Be prepared for any situation.
Power Strip Outlet shortage at the airport? A multi-socket power strip helps share the juice from a single public outlet. Forgot your charging iPod in your hotel room? By plugging all of your electronics into the same place, you’ll be less likely to leave one behind. One catch: abroad, you’ll need to use an adapter.
Bandana The list of obvious uses for a bandana is long—hand towel, lens cleaner, eye 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 hobo pouch 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(about $5) 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; for marking your luggage so it will stand out in a sea of black bags on the baggage carousel.
Travel Mug with Lid To prevent damage, transport sunglasses or delicate souvenirs in an empty travel mug with a wide mouth—just make sure it’s got a secure screw top. During your trip, the mug can be an ecofriendly to-go cup or a great decoy for stashing valuables in your hotel room (a coffee-stained thermos is an unlikely target for thieves)
Moist Towelettes They aren’t just for babies! Not only can you sanitize your hands and kill germs on tray tables, doorknobs, tabletops, and other public places, you can also use them as a refreshing face cloth after a day spent in transit. The alcohol in many wet wipes helps remove ink stains in a pinch, too. (For guaranteed stain-protection, pack a few.
Inflatable Pillow You cannot only use the pillow on a plane but it can also make a long bus or train trip more comfortable too. If your room doesn’t enough pillows put the inflatable one under the bed pillow for more support or use it to elevate your feet after a long day of sight-seeing.
Tote Bag Many shops abroad charge extra for single-use plastic bags, so BYO bag with an expandable tote. Bring one that’s tough enough to toss around as a carry-on and handle farmers market, picnic, and beach items, too. At trip’s end, cordon off the dirty laundry inside your suitcase to preserve the freshness of any clean clothes that are left.