Little Tricks for the Traveller...

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21. Posted by kramer2be (Budding Member 42 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey all,

1) always always always always have a bottle opener!!! never a sadder moment then buying your first bottle of italian red (in italy) and having to dig out the cork with a knife!

2) always always always always have a knife incase you dont have a bottle opener.

3) in cambodia i bought some cigarettes pretty cheaply and gave them to or tuk-tuk drivers each day outside our hostel. they seemed to really like it and were always friendly asking us to play football and always giving us the best rate so we didnt have to haggle. this didnt work so well in thailand, not sure why, but simple repedative gestures to locals can make the trip more fun.

22. Posted by Kuku (Full Member 56 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Oh no !! I will never ever use tea bags in a hotel now. :(

Sandwich idea looks good but can we really do it ?

Ok, here's one from me.
Keep some good sized thin polythene bags. They don't use space or weight but come handy in case you have some wet clothes & there's no time or place to dry them and you are on the move.

I'll add some more later.

23. Posted by Piecar (Inactive 1218 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

At the borders, if you are a softheart (which I am) keep the small denominations close to pass out to the local gang....You are going to end up with them anyway. A souvenir for you is a bowl of soup for them.

Learn a phrase of pharsi or two...There are folks at borders who are going to try to rouse you into a sucker line up to pay a sucker tax...Give them a line of a completely confusing language and just keep moving....It has worked for me.


24. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Always travel with a Swiss Army knife that has a corkscrew attachment.

It's invaluable to ream out the holes in the crusted over shower head in that $5/night hotel room-the one that just sprays water all over in tiny sharp jets but won't really get you wet.

You might have to use a towel and some elbow grease to wrench the head off but then you can sit on the bed and ream away until the thing is functional once again.

Note-must be a corkscrew not an ordinary spike for some reason the angle on the tip of the screw works best.

(Don't ask how I know this and I won't bore you half to death OK??

25. Posted by Piecar (Inactive 1218 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

With the advent of Digital Cameras, I have been doing this: I find a wall map, or big city map posted somewhere and take a shot of it. I keep it on my camera, and if I forget my map, or lose it, or never find one, I have one with me as a back up always. It ain't the best way to look at a map...But with Hi Def.,it's a great backup...I do this as soon as I find one.

And, by the by...I agree with SalmonBoy...You need to bring a multitool....I carry a Leatherman and have used it AT LEAST once a week for fifteen years. If you think that carrying a little knife with you always is archaic, it's time to get out of the city,friend.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-May-2009, at 16:26 by Piecar ]

26. Posted by Bixa (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Oh ~~ I love this thread!.

Re: the crudded up shower head -- here's a good tip for home or on the road: Get some vinegar, put it in a plastic bag & tie the bag over the shower head. After a while it will dissolve out the minerals. If you can unscrew the head, you can put it in a bowl or something & let it set. But on the road you're more likely to have a plastic bag than an appropriately sized bowl.

Vinegar is also great for getting rid of the itch from bug bites. The best dispenser for it I've found is one of those travel size hairspray sample bottles. Buy one & dump out the hairspray, wash well & fill with vinegar & keep it with you at all times.

(yeah -- I know people don't travel with vinegar. Just buy a small bottle & leave what you don't use if you don't have room when you're traveling on.)

A really good liquid to have is hydrogen peroxide. You can gargle with it, splash it on cuts, and if there is a water shortage, dab it copiously in your pits to kill the bacteria that might be making you smell less than fresh.

Besides the useful multi-tool (or even a pocket knife), make room for an immersion coil. I make up a kit with the coil, a container of instant coffee, lightweight cup, small light plate, & a fork and spoon. This allows me to have coffee before leaving the room in the morning and a little plate is nice to have for cheap meals of fruit, bread, cold cuts or whatever in your hotel room. You can use the bottom as a cutting surface.

27. Posted by CWai (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

1) I find insoles the best to beat foot odor. Fresh pair either new or wash just before travel.
2) As for sewing kit, I never travel with it. I just make sure all the buttons/hems sort of 'secured' for all the clothes I'm bringing so I have one less worry on the road.

28. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Keep some good sized thin polythene bags. They don't use space or weight but come handy in case you have some wet clothes & there's no time or place to dry them and you are on the move.

There are also good for packing sandwiches.

When travelling in Europe I always have silverware with me (in my daypack) and often a small plastic plate and a big cup that can double-function as a small bowl. I also carry an airtight plastic container (tupperware or similar). This is my "on the go kitchen".

I usually stay in hostels that don't offer breakfast as they are cheaper. Also I am muslim and very picky, so even if a hostel offers breakfast I usually don't eat it. I prefer to buy my own stuff in a supermarket so that I know exactly what is on my plate.

I then use the silverware and the plastic plate to make sandwiches and the cup-bowl for fruit salad, muesli, cornflakes, joghurt, etc. The plastic container is for carrying tomatoes, boiled eggs, peaches, etc without messing up your bag.

29. Posted by smithie (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

some great ideas on here really helpful for me as a first traveller but about the multi tool kits surely customs confiscate them if on your imeadiate person or do you pack them away until need ed to prevent this from happening.

also as another good idea you can get washing lines that roll up into a small role of string and then just attach to a tilled wall (above bath) via suction pads and hang your clothes to dry in your dorm if you can lock it inexpensive but uesful.
and if not youve got some extra string for those leaky faucets lol (loved that idea)

30. Posted by smithie (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

just thought of another useful thing although not sure it will help out the women as be kinda hard to do but here goes

for the lads instead of buying loadsa crappy throw away razors that always always end up cutting your face to bits so it looks like you had a fight with a lawnmower (no matter how you style it never a gd look)

you can get a pretty cheap set of clippers or a beard trimmer and they are pretty small these days and pack away easily some are rechargable and you can shave with that also can shave your head if ur hair gets a bit outta control (i mean its always going to grow back right)

just a thought i know ill try ity and let u know how it goes