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21. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I always pack too much, even when my bag is light

22. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting xs.if

pen knife (no idea if the jokers at immigration would let me throu with it - help?)


I pretty sure they won't since Swiss Army knives are a major no-no. Even tweezers can be iffy. They don't want anything sharp going the plane in case someone goes nutty.

Katie ;)

23. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

A knife is fine as long as you don't pack it in your carry on.

24. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Speaking of carry on, I went through security at New Orleans International yesterday on my way back home. They had us remove our shoes, our jewellery, went through bags, asked a zillion questions, and made everyone feel like a potential bad-guy-in-waiting.

And, ironically, not a machine or a guard ever remarked on the six 3-inch pins stuck into the souvenir voo-doo doll in my carry-on bag. (I only remembered, in a panic, that I'd stored it there instead of my checked bag when I was yanking off my shoes in line.) Although, I guess all I could have done was poke someone in the eye. Or, um, the elbow.

25. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

when i was flying to the states before they took a bottle opener off me and the hair pins that were trying hard to hold my uncontrollable mop in some sort of order....... what did they i was going to do with hair clips ????

26. Posted by HeidiHo (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

I always take a sarong. Not just to wear, but its very light, dries quickly, scrunches into any nook in your pack and can be used as a sheet, tie it up to make a bag for washing, a sun shelter, and lots of other uses. Also, a handful of freezer bags for loads of uses (again, they weigh nothing and packed flat don't take any room), and a very small sewing kit with a couple of safety pins of varying sizes (airlines don't usually have a problem with these)

27. Posted by spammy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I'm just getting ready to go traveling through Europe. Leaving with my friend at the end of this month. Well i hope she's going still. Not had any contact for a couple of weeks so otherwise its just me and the friend in my head. Anyway, it's my first time going out in the big bad bad world alone so i was wondering if anyone had any advice. Anything would be appreciated. I'm worried that i might have forgot something or theres something i havent thought about. I already know about the baby wipes. Always take them if i go camping. How i love my baby wipes


28. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

but who else wants to know more about Gelli's life? A constantly packed bag for jumping on the plane at a moments notice, pocket knife always at hand, even going upstairs, and a rope as standard kit? and he can jet off set for anything with all of 15L luggage......

Ok, so i'm kind of strange. As for what i do, as little as i can possibly get away with, and it generally comes down to travel and drink beer, but i get paid to be a cartographer.

Pocket knife stays on keyring which never leaves me (i never have an instance where i can't open beer/wine in a hurry...), although admittedly as i don't fly i don't have those issues yet. I use rope for a belt - have for years, and swear by it. Also handy if i suddenly need to tie somebody/thing up for whatever reason. And normally, why do you actually need more than 15-20l (30 at most)of luggage anyway?

I want your life.

The last person who said that was pointing a avery large gun in my direction, so i hope you'll excuse me if i don't take you up on that very generous offer...

29. Posted by serene.y (Full Member 15 posts) 11y

this is an 'optional' list by all standards but they are a must for me:

- 2 cameras (a pocket digital & lomo LCA)
- mobile phone (can't use it to make calls but serves well as an alarm clock, calculator and camera)
- a good book
- mp3 player
- sarong/shawl
- very good black pen/s
- sketch book doubles up as a journal

take that hand washing lotion (that does not require water) rather than baby wipes, since it lasts ages, is antibacterial and never dries out . .I always seem to leave the baby wipe packet open somehow!!

I have the same problem with leaving the packet open too! hand washing lotion is definitely a prefered choice for me!

30. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Plastic bags of assorted sizes - from snack-sized zip-locks to drawstring garbage. I keep them in the carry-on and larger suitcases at all times and replenish upon arrival home.

A small spare carry-on tucked in wherever it will fit for bringing those voodoo dolls and other fragile eccentricities back.

A small sewing kit and jewelers-sized tool kit - always in checked baggage. (At this age, backpacking is no longer on the agenda.) These 2 items alone guarentee our luggage will be tossed by security. (Hasn't failed yet! My husband and I bet, on every trip, whether our luggage will have been inspected or not. It has.)

Oh, and my collection of "Inspected by Security" leaflets that they place inside each time they toss it all. I keep all of them in the case, as travel souveneirs, and to give the security people a chuckle at the stack I have accumulated. What would we do without Homeland Security around to protect us from ourselves...