old thread i know,
but i didn't bring a pair of hiking boots to SE Asia, oz and NZ thinking I would pick up a pair over there. I didnt, and ended up doing one hike in north laos in a pair of 70 cent converse style trainers, and another hike in malaysia in a pair of rubber style pumps. neither a good experience!
My UK/overseas plug socket adaptor. Just forgot to pack it. And in some countries it's so tough trying to find one. I've ended up cutting bits of wire and wrapping them round the terminals.
Had a similar problem when the phone charger in my car packed up. I was driving through the Italian Dolomites when I decided to just dismantle it and connect it directly to the car battery. There I was with the hood up, when an Italian 'road-racing' cyclist (one of hundreds I saw) pulled over to see if I was alright. When he saw what I was doing, he just told me of an Italian saying 'To the day!'. I wanted to write it on the back of the car, but didn't have a felt tip and now I can't remember the exact translation. But I do remember the moment.
edit: To get back on topic though, I once put a £10 note by my passport for when i left for the airport, but thought I'd lost it on the way. Tried to let it go, but it bugged me the whole time till I got back. So much for 'to the day'.
[ Edit: Edited on 03-Apr-2010, at 06:46 by fabyomama ]
On a recent trip to Senegal...
My phone charger - doh! Needed this as an alarm clock too so doubly annoying. Fortunately managed to find one for about £3.
Most useless things I took with me:
1) Universal plug - no conventional sink in the house I was living in so didn't leave my suitcase
2) Hang anywhere washing line - mainly because they don't hang anywhere! The 3 year old in my house did use it as a skipping rope though, so it wasn't totally wasted!!
Hmm, I wish I brought my hammock with me while I was in Krabi
[ Edit: Edited on 22-Apr-2010, at 03:17 by lizwarner ]
One thing that i always travel with is a roll of small plastic bags. They're great for packing wet clothes, or protecting your camera in the desert, wrapping food, shampoobottles that might leak etc. When I was in mongolia we used an entire roll, because everyone (5 people in total) needed them for various things. It's something that I missed having on my first few trips, and now i can't travel without them. just remember to never throw them away in nature! I also always bring some salty licorice, which is impossible to get outside of scandinavia, and is soooo god when it's hot. I tend to buy stuff for trips and then forgetting them, like flashlights, travelmugs, etc
Edit to add: sporks may seem handy, but are rarely use more than once!
[ Edit: Edited on 22-Apr-2010, at 05:32 by SuperYepa ]
i would have taken my laptop.
a head torch! i always take one away with me and it always comes in useful
Didn't think I would need, but spent 95% of time outside and eventually got badly sunburnt. I found sunscreen at the store but everywhere I went it was really, really expensive! It was the first thing I bought for my trip this year.
On previous trips it has been lotion. I don't ever use lotion at home, but for some reason on trips I always need it. It helps with dry skin, chaffing and sunburns. Bring the thick stuff, it works best.