Welcome to Day 22 of 30 Days to Packing a Better Bag.
Being prepared is half the battle when it comes to packing better. We want you to have the least amount of items that cover the most amount of situations. However, there are those extra bits and bobs that may not be 100% necessary but add so much value that they are worth packing. We’re going to call these travel tools for this section, and here is a list and when they might be right.
Headlamp or Mini Flashlight: Staying in hotels? Chances are you won’t require one of these. Staying in a hostel? A headlamp or mini flashlight will help you find your belongings in a dark dorm room at night without disturbing your roommates. Of course, campers and hikers will put these at the top of their list. For everyone else, even a small keychain light can come in handy more often than you think.
Sewing Kit: Hotels will often come stocked with a mini sewing kit, but backpackers and hostel-goers should think about packing a tiny kit of their own to fix random holes, lost buttons and tears. Just a couple needles, buttons, safety pins and tiny bit of thread will suffice.
Umbrella: Umbrellas are generally awkward to pack. There are several pocket-size umbrellas that can be packed or carried in your purse without much space-usage, but if you’re traveling to a place where you know it will rain and you’ll be outside in it, then take one that will offer better coverage. Luckily many hotels these days stock umbrellas for their guests. See other ideas for things to pack to keep you dry.
Pocket Knife or Multitool: A tiny multitool can serve more purposes than you might think. Get one with a tiny pair of scissors, pocket knife blade, and flat head screw driver.
Yoga Mat: Yoga mats are great for those that like to exercise when they travel, but they can also double as a sleeping mat on a long layover in an airport.
Reusable Water Bottle: A reusable water bottle is perfect for the traveler that wants to cut down on disposable plastic bottles and cut back on beverage fees.
Take Action: Pick Your Extras
What extra items do you plan to pack? Let us know which items you choose, and why you think it will add so much value to your travels in the comments below.