If you’ve read our Things you Think you Need to Pack but Don’t article, you probably wonder if we pack anything aside from underwear. Well, here are a few things that we can’t live without. We’ve all spent countless hours, trying to convince each other to get rid of this extra crap. And we’ve failed.
Travel towels: You know, those super quick dry, extra expensive, but always there for you towels. They pack about the size of a baseball, but yet save the day so many times.
GPS (for car trips): Electronic device to tell you what road to take = $200. Not having to rely on that map printed in 1950 or your spouse’s non-existent sense of direction = priceless.
Coffee Pot: Used to be a small Turkish coffee pot, recently upgraded to Handpresso portable espresso maker. Nothing makes a day better like a fresh shot of espresso.
Pocket Knife: Never underestimate the need for a knife. Even if you don’t plan to cook. I can think of 500 ways I’ve used my pocket knife in the last 15 years. Most of them critical to maintaining a positive travel experience.
Corkscrew/bottle opener: Nothing sucks more than buying a $5 bottle of wine and then not being able to open it. Been there. It wasn’t funny.
Headphones or earplugs: Can you really put a price on silence? My husband can’t.
Camera equipment: Although I’ve packed in various degrees of ridiculousness... most of the time it’s at least 25 pounds of very expensive fragile stuff. Was it a pain in the butt to haul around? Yes. Was it worth every second of the hassle? Yes.
Mosquito Repellent: Good ol’ fashion DEET. If there’s a mosquito within 2 countries of my destination, I’m packing some super-duper repellent. Why? An estimated 2 million people die every year from diseases carried by mosquitoes. Also, the itching is annoying.
Sandals: I’ve tried to live without them. I just can’t do it. Something about a hot sunny day, a sandy beach, an afternoon picnic, or possibly, a nasty shower and a dirty hotel floor, that just screams for a nice pair of sandals.
First Aid Kit: Sometimes my first aid kit consists of a bottle of Aspirin and a few band-aids. Other times it has all these things in it. I’ve loaned things to others far more often then I’ve used them myself. Either way it was worth bringing along.
Plastic Pot Scraper: It’s a 50 cent piece of really hard plastic about half the size of a credit card. Amazingly effective at cleaning anything. If camping, it’s remarkable.
What can’t you travel without? Let’s hear it in the comments?