Five Unusual Items You Will Be Pleased You Packed

September 26, 2018

When you have traveled as much as I have, you pick up a few tricks. Often, they are only little things. But, this hard-won knowledge can make a huge difference to how much you enjoy your vacation or trip. This is especially the case when it comes to packing. Getting it right is tricky. All too often, you end up not packing simple items that would have come in very handy. Here are a few examples of what I mean:


Shapewear, which can easily be bought from somewhere like JD Williams makes my list. Now I know most of you are probably scratching your head wondering what on earth I am thinking. But, bear with me and you will soon see why I have included it on my list.

When most people go on holiday they like to enjoy a few nights out. If you really want to look your best, a lightweight piece of shapewear can really help.

Control camisoles are also great for wearing under a lightweight top, during the day. They are surprisingly comfortable.

A multi-socket USB charger

In most hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins there are very few plug sockets. So, packing a multi-socket USB charger is a must. It means that there is no squabbling over who gets to charge their phone and tablet.

A small first aid kit

Not packing some basic medications and first aid items is a mistake that a lot of travelers make. Trying to find a chemist that is open during the siesta to buy painkillers is frustrating. Nor, is waiting hours in a far-flungclinic or hospital, to get a bad cut cleaned out and dressed. So, be sure to pack the basics. This guy has done a good job of explaining what you need to include in your first aid kit and why. You just need to click the link to see what he has to say.

An exercise band

Going on holiday does not necessarily mean that you have to skip your workout. If you like running, wear your trainers during the journey. That way you will not have to try to fit them into your case.

Or, if you prefer, pack a jump rope or exercise band. Neither of these items takes up much space and you can get a pretty good workout using both or one of them.

Fold away waterproofs

You can never be completely sure what the weather is going to do. Getting sopping wet is awful, especially if it happens in the middle of a day of sightseeing. Having a mini compact umbrella or a set of waterproofs that fold up into a small pocket-sizedpack ensures you can always stay dry. So, these items are always worth having in your handbag or backpack.

Tips for traveling with kids

I wrote the above with adult travelers in mind. If you are going on holiday with kids, especially toddlers, the list of essentials you need to take is actually quite a long one. When you click through to read this article that I wrote about traveling with kids, you will see what I mean.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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