Following on from the top 5 tips/destinations name your top 5 items you never leave home without.Obviously passport will be there but what about the more obscure items.Answers on a postcard to:
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Or better still just post them here:
Deck of Cards
Swiss Army Knife (with corkscrew to open the wine)
Tea Tree Oil
1) toothbrush (can't always find the right one)
2) cash/credit card/debit card
4) phone number/address/e-mail address list (in case of emergency and occasional postcard mailings)
5) your sense of humor
Prickly Heat Powder
Po Chai Pills (Very effective against stomach upset.)
Other than the normal stuff......
1. Body Spray...so even if it's hot and everyone is icky sweaty, I still smell good
2. Notebook to write everything and anything in, and keep addy's of my friends so I can send postcards.
3. Ziploc bags....always home in handy for the anal-retentive suitcase packer in me.
4. Lotion...regular and suntan...you can never be too sure...dry skin and sunburns are not fun!
5. Snowboard lock....fits into all the zipper "eyes" on your bag....it's great to attach your bag to your hostel bed and lock it closed with one lock.
1) laces ( very handy item )
3) my calender ( with adresses, notes , dates , t.. )
5) and for anything else there's VISA
1. duct tape (loads of threads about the uses)
2. copies of important documents (and a pen)
3. camera (with extra batteries)
4. deck of cards ( cures more boredom for long flights/ trains etc)
5. music (whether its cd's, mp3s, etc)
1) camera (and extra film, if it's cheaper at home)
2) bandaids and a needle - those blisters are going to KILL
3) photocopies of your credit card, passport, tickets, etc. Leave copies with people at home, too - they can just fax those to you if you ever need them. Also, make sure your bank and credit card phone numbers are handy in case you have to call and cancel your cards.
4)I second Katie on the lotion! Face cream, especially.
5)A comfortable day pack/purse/etc. - one that fits well and is difficult for pick-pockets to get into (leather, wear the opening against your body, don't keep your wallet on top, etc.). And be obsessive about protecting your stuff - even when you stop, make sure you've got a strap around your ankle or just keep you bag on your lap. Those muggers are swift and quiet.
Well, that's a list with advice thrown in for good measure!
ditto on everyone with the camera, document photocopies and bandaids....I consider those "normal" items so I didn't mention them! Traveling without a camera is like traveling without clothing...it's a must!