I'm always listening to music/radio, and normally take speakers everywhere with me. But for some strange reason, i though that earphones would be enough and decided against taking my speakers [unpowered] with me on my long trip. I started to regret it after about a week, although I could rig my headphones with the volume at max on my MP3 as a kind of substitute option.
4? months later in Japan, i bought myself an even smaller pair of speakers, which are perfectly designed for travelling, and they've not left my bag since, and have been used in hostels, hotel rooms, outside at parties, in parks/fields/on beaches etc, up mountains, in a restaurant and on buses, trains and boats.
Alternatively either a towel or silverware or an alarmclock. For some reason it is always one of these things that I forget to pack, though I have been without them more than once by now.
I've forgotten my toothbrush a couple of times but as it is a readily available commodity anywhere, it was okay.
when i go on holidays i always seem to forget something and it's usually something to sleep in!
I like this thread.
Cheese-slicer has already been mentioned; corkscrew and can opener too, I suppose? I once forgot all three, and especially the slicer is rather hard to come by outside Europe...
Two things I so far always have needed at one point were a) a thread and needle, and b) a pencil (pens and backpack heat don't sit well together).
As for "I wish I hadn't taken this", my cell phone would absolutely top that list. Utterly redundant, and just one more valuable item to look after.
One thing that i hear often that people wish they had (and often people remark how clever it is when they see me with them, and i end up lending them out often) is bits of stationary: I carry a glue stick & sellotape - mostly for sticking tickets and stuff into journals and for packing parcels - some small post it notes, some elastic bands, plus a few pens/pencils dotted around my bag/person.
The number of smokers who don't have a light (not just travelling) always amazes me, and i ALWAYS have a lighter on me even though i've never smoked. When travelling i normally actually have 2 or 3 around my bag, plus some matches. My Swiss army knife never leaves my person either, which helps with the corkscrew/bottle opener thing. Most people have one, but having it on them when they actually need it happens much less frequently.
4? months later in Japan, i bought myself an even smaller pair of speakers, which are perfectly designed for travelling
Gelli, could you please break them out of your pack and tell me what brand they are? I've been looking for small travelling speakers for over a year in Germany now and had no luck.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 8, 2007, at 4:18 PM by t_maia ]
i don't even need to do that. As my bag is always packed and with me, i use the speakers even when i'm in the office
They are Panasonic, and they look extremely similar to http://www.carbolicsmokeball.com/catalog/413/K1000_Portable_Minispeakers/.
The only differences are that the ones i have are powered by my MP3 player (i.e. no batteries in the speaker) and are also entirely control-less (these look like they have a volume control on them). They are brilliant and I swear by them, and to be honest, leaving my old ones (which were bigger, quieter and more tempramental) at home worke out great as it mean't i got these!!
One strange thing is that certain players (it seems to be North American bought ones) are really quiet on them, even at max volume. Both my MP3 players, however, produce a much more than adequate volume, even at lower settings, so no problems for me. Only occassionally when I try and plug somebody else's player into one.
I would have to say, corkscrew. Its a pain in the ass whenever you have a bottle of wine and you can get your hands on one. My Swiss Army had one but I found that really tough to use. I was sorry I didnt invest in a handy-sized one to bring with me.
Also, I didnt bring any photos of my family. The amount of people in South America who asked me what my family looked like! and I had no pictures to show them.
well I know th first backbacking traip you always load up on crap you neveruse and leave things that really are useful, but as for things that I continually forget to bring is a good knife, lets face it, trying to get meat with the knives at some hostels is a near impossible task, just a little folding pocket knife. and like a mornon when i was in laos I forget to bring bug spray and had to pay and arm and a leg for some when I got there. duck tap a sewing kit are also sme things I continually forget.