Traveling Tip Tuesday – Tip #3:
There are some household items that always seem to make their way into my checked suitcase when I’m out of town for a week or more. These basics include:
- several plastic grocery bags
- one garbage bag
- plastic zip-lock bags of various sizes (especially quart-size)
- one roll of duct/masking tape
- several scented dryer sheets
- one pair of scissors
- one black marker
- one folder
Grocery bags can be used to organize your souvenirs, pack your alcohol bottles (more on that soon!) and carry wet swimsuits, while garbage bags make great ersatz laundry baskets (so you’re not questioning what is clean and what is dirty…). Shampoo broke open in your carry-on quart-size bag? Rinse off all of the toiletries and replace the oozing bag with the fresh one you packed. It’s oh-so TSA-friendly. Zip-lock sandwich bags also work well for storing smaller souvenirs and for stashing away snacks from the hotel’s breakfast buffet for when you’re later dying of jet-lag hunger. A roll of tape can be a quick fix for a ripped suitcase or broken sandal and a few dryer sheets in your bag can keep your clothes fresh and smelling like home (a remedy for homesickness?). Also, when you need a pair of scissors or a black marker, nothing else will do. Just give in and pack them!
I think one of the most well-used items in my suitcase, however, is the folder. I love keeping restaurant receipts, city maps, and museum tickets as tiny mementos but hate when they get wrinkled or downright destroyed on the journey home! A simple folder (or one with complimentary advertising for Duquesne University) keeps them safe and sound. Folders are also perfect for holding extra copies of flight itineraries, cruise documents, and travel insurance paperwork in addition keeping flat that souvenir photo of you on a camel in Tunisia. Some things need permanently documented.
Squeeze the air out of the grocery bags and put them in one of the quart-sized bags for more space. Store everything in the mesh zip pocket of the suitcase’s lid. Done!
I’d love to hear ideas from you about mandatory supplies you pack in your suitcase! Leave a reply! I need all the help I can get…