Great Thread - My Dad's answer - THE TELEVISION!
Years ago (maybe 20) we were driving down the Motorway, about 30 miles from home towards LGW. My father mentioned to my mother very casually, "I wished I brought the Television" My mother looked at him with strange look on her face "Why on earth would we want to take the Television to Greece with us" My father replied "because the passports are on top of it"... Bless him mush easier than saying he had forgot the passports!
We sped home, picked up the passports, arrived late at the airport, but managed to get the flight!
Thanx for bringing this great memory back of my dear old Dad, I shall remind him of this story when I see him next time I am in the UK...
Hehe... hilarious...!! That sounds like my dad!!! (Last time he left his mobile phone on top of the car and realised it when he has been driving for an hour!! No hope of recovering the poor phone...)
Great thread guys... Very useful for a first timer like me!!
x x Miromar x x
I wish i hadnt bought a tent.
It may seem obvious but.....dont buy an 11 kilo tent if you dont have a car
Between two of us travelling in South America last summer we had no camera (Brought one, broke it, fixed it then promptly lost it. It was kind of refreshing to be able to actually enjoy the sights while everyone else was frantically snapping away...and then give everyone we met our email addresses and choose our favourite photos!), no watches, no phones, no alarm clocks(missed a few tours, luckily we never booked flights/buses in advance or we would have lost a lot of money!), no sunglasses (lost about three pairs each in two months), 1 jumper (had to invest as soon as we hit Patagonia!) and one credit card
Basically, we were total disasters.
However, to the great amusement of everyone we met, we managed to keep our ghd's for the entire trip! They took the piss, but all the girls (and some of the boys!) loved us as soon as they saw them!!
I reckon the only thing I'll change next time is get a waterproof watch with an alarm clock.
A can opener
Okay, a swiss army knife.
I heard they have one that's a flash drive too...might be useful.
My sunglasses on a trip to Africa, luckily it wasn't too difficult to replace them
Don't forget some kind of tape (insulating/duct) as there'll always be something that needs to be fixed.
Also, I don't suppose Air France leaving my bags in Paris when I went to Rome counts??
What great ideas! I always carry a length of thin rope. I use it for hanging my clothes or towels to dry, tying things onto my backpack, tying belonings up off the ground, hanging a sarong or towel as a curtain for privacy or to keep sun out so I can sleep,etc. Many uses.
I also carry a small tube of antibiotic cream or ointment. I've been able to help folks a number of times. In a village in Guatemala, a mother brought her little boy to me and showed me a very infected sore behind his ear. He was quite dirty. I gave her an unopened bottle of water, a small hotel soap and the tube of ointment, explaining that she should wash the area with the special soap and water and use the cream twice a day. I told her to take him to a doctor when they went to town. The boy healed and I seemed to be quite revered in the village. What a feeling! Other incidents included fellow travellers scratched in questionable waters, a motor bike burn on a leg, and start to swell.
Also sealable plasitc bags and a needle and thread are handy for many things! I love to learn about local teas or herbs that can be collected. You can wash them and string them on a thread with a needle to dry, and then take them home in the baggies.
The most useless thing I've taken were rather heavy (new and expensive!) athletic shoes to Southeast Asia. They don't dry in the jungle and just don't grip right for trekking. Buy the local rubber nike's for jungles. They're cheap and light weight. Most of the time sandals are sufficient. I love my Chaco sandals.
Maybe you can tell...I'm an older lady traveller - a wise woman! I like my comforts, privacy and safety! And love to travel!
a small mirror. There was one hut that didn't have a mirror at all and I hadn't brought one. Now I bring a tiny one with me just in case.
bottle opener....last year I had to struggle to open bottles with the doorstop....not fun!
I've forgot two things already listed here, Bottle opener, Nail clippers and the worst i think is Gloves when i was taking a trip to canada in the winter..
a lip balm and lotion... these are things that I wasn't able to bring during my last trip to the US... I ended all dried and bruised up with cracked lips... I had to buy one to keep my skin and lips moisturized... I don't know but I usually dry up in the US.. probably to the cold but dry weather.. here in the Philippines I don't use these...