I went back twelve pages here seeing if there was anything like this...I tried the search option under "Hints, Tips, Tricks" Came up blank....So here goes.
My big trick....
I have been in many a hotel or hostel room in 36 countries. Many of them have leaky faucets....I CANNOT handle that!!! I can't sleep...It's the same with a ticking clock. I won't even GO INTO the night I fought to find a cricket outside my door in Cartagena....
But back to the dripping faucet....
So, a faucet was pounding away dripping in a dilapidated guest house in Placencia Belize. I tried the towel route under the drip first...Sooner or later, the towel (Wafer thin in this joint) soaked through and the drip was back. I was staring at the ceiling, playing old TV eps in my head for something to do.
Then I remembered an episode I saw of CSI from the first season....it dealt with water and string. For some reason, I had brought an old pair of shoelaces from a pair of shoes I dumped just before I left on this six monther. I tied them together and then on to the shower head, exactly in line with the drip....The water slid down the laces and then sloughed off into the drain....No more drip....So if you are drip sensitive, there is the first "Little Trick"
Sorry, forgot to say this....somehow, I missing being able to edit the seminal post.....Of course, I hope that you will add your own trick....my trick is sort of dull....So is the dryer sheet in the pack thing...but it's damn good.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 1, 2008, at 4:52 PM by Piecar ]
I got nothing, except maybe the back of an earring makes a poor substitute for fixing a blister.
I really just want to know if you found the cricket.
This could be a great post.
Washing clothes on the road:
I carry one of those air tight water proof bags(dry bags). I use it to pop my camera into during the day in case it rains.
But what if you need to do some hand washing when on the road. I have spent many years handwashing and find that soaking in detergent is the best if yhou want to avoid endless hours wringing and scrubbing (which also destroys your clothes). Also in a hostel there may not be a clothes washing facility or enough buckets. Answer:
Put detergent into dry bag. Then add water (60 degree temp is best to kill the smelly bacteria in those socks), add items of clothing. Seal the bag. Leave over night, or for at least a few hours. You can leave it in your locker or anywhere else safe as it's completely waterproof (never had a leak yet). Give the bag a good shake or even mash up the contents inside with your hands (its water tight so no leaks). Then rise out clothes to dry.
This is a good method for small batches of clothing.
Could be a great thread indeed. We had a similar thread (wow, one of the first 50 threads here!) which really ended up helping our packing list which is literally accessed thousands of times a month. So, we can try the same here; best three tips go to the 'Travel Tips' page (that might actually be better off in the wiki in the not too far future actually). I'll pop this on the home page as well.
Friend of mine keeps all his old expired bank cards and credit cards when he travels. Then he puts them in obvious "hidden' places to discourage casual thieves. That;s another little one.
Piecar...instead of looking for an unused shoelace in the hotel room to fix the leaking faucet...you could have placed a peice of cloth/rag in the sink to stifle the dripping sound.
Sponge.....First...It was a shower stall, which I didn't mention...The head was not over the drain. Second, I invite you to try your idea. What happens is this: It is quiet for a while, but then the towel, rag, shirt, whathaveyou, gets saturated and you have a LOUDER drip that is sort of squishy. I know whereof I speak.
Now, a dripping faucet means nothing to many people. I get this. It's a quiet and familiar noise. People yelling and talking outside my window randomly or a screaming siren in the middle of the night means nothing to me. I am a city kid....but a constant and rhythmic noise causes great angst.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 6, 2008, at 8:29 PM by Piecar ]
To help remove odour from footwear (boots, sneakers etc.) place a tea-bag in the toe area overnight and the smell should be gone by morning. This has always worked for me.