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Handiest item to take on a trip?!?!?!

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1. Posted by Keelzy (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y

OK guys.......what is the handiest thing to take on a trip?!?!?!

I was going to say my wicked pocket knife (very handy tool....)...but then I realised that my deck of cards got used so much more!!! Boredom relief when stuck on transport....great way to meet weired and wonderful people.......learnt some wicked new drinking games!!!

But I haven't really travelled all that much...and since I'm going to be away for all of 05 & 06......thought you guys could help me out!!!

2. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 12y

I would say my PDA. It helps me with all my travel info, addresses and even a good book or game on a long plane ride.


3. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 12y

From my experience I would say money.

But apparently its duct tape.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Money or Passport...

Ignoring that, it's my swiss army knife (you can normally make cards from paper etc if needed, but you can't open wine etc if you don't have an opener). But it never leaves my person anyway, even around the house.

For me, being a non flyer who spends his time being bounced around Europe, the Thomas Cook Rail TT is the handiest, although i know thats very specific and not much use on the grand scheme of things.

One different thing that can be very handy is a couple of maps of home (to show others - you try expalining where Wales is to a Kazak using only 1 word of Russian, and not a helpful one at that, without a map), plus some photos of family/friends/your home town/area. Especially away from the main tourist areas, and sometimes even in them, they can be a great conversation piece/help.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5914 posts) 12y

A bottle opener seems to be just about the top of my list too ! Last trip we went through about 3 of them. I once had a pocket knife too, but it must have fallen out of my pocket while sleeping on a train - grrr.. haven't bothered buying another one since, apart from a touristy one from Toledo - which was meant to be a present if the picture hadn't faded by the time we got back home.

My laptop was probably the most useful thing on our last trip! I know it's not really the 'roughing it' backpacker kind of thing to pack, but it sure is handy to be able to take care of bookings and stay in touch without having to constantly search for internet cafes. The downside is worrying that you might lose it, but with a decent enough insurance + lock that's not such a problem. Of course, being able to some work on TP while away for 4 months is kind of handy too. ;)

6. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y

You know Peter I think you possibly have the perfect job!

Do you mind me asking is TP a full time thing or do you manage other websites/do other things?


7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5914 posts) 12y

Hi mim, yeah, I couldn't really imagine a better job for myself. :) TP is pretty much full time now - I do occassional video editing / web work on the side, but not much. Beats the 9-5 grind of the past, that's for sure!

8. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

What, no duct tape? heehee

Yeah Swiss Army Knife is a good one....although if you don't have a bottle opener you can always get a guy to do it for you Or just get creative. I tried opening a beer by myself once....not a good idea.

Katie ;)

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y

What's the go with the duct tape? Obviously you guys have more "fun" than I've even considered

10. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y


By asking that, you seem to have missed the single mosty impprtant discussion in TP's history....