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51. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

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!

52. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

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.

53. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

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 ]

54. Posted by harissa (Budding Member 38 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

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!!

55. Posted by lizwarner (Inactive 6 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

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 ]

56. Posted by RandomPerson (Inactive 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

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 ]

57. Posted by chrisvasil (Full Member 102 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

i would have taken my laptop.

58. Posted by laurengold (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

a head torch! i always take one away with me and it always comes in useful :)

59. Posted by bsnodgrass (Budding Member 36 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


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.

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