Consider packing these overlooked items

The more you travel, the more you learn what overlooked items you need to bring with you on vacation to make the most of your trip. If you are like us, it is a lesson learned the hard way – by NOT having what you need. Every trip without fail, we get to our destination and find ourselves saying “I wish I had …….”

We get it. When it comes to packing for a trip, you want to bring as little as possible. If you are flying, there are luggage weight restrictions that you need to adhere to. Carting a lot of luggage around the airport, train station, or up to your hotel room is never fun. However, there are some things you may want to pack in your luggage to save you money, time, and just for your own convenience. This list is a collection of various items are things that we have wished we had on many trips over the years. You may not think you need them, but a lot of these overlooked items will come in handy on many vacations. Trust us, we have learned a few things along the way – and usually from where we went wrong.

• ‘Go-Bag’

This is a small backpack that you can pack all of the items you will need for the day when you are out exploring away from your hotel, cruise ship, or tour bus.
Here you will be able to carry sunscreen, water bottles, tourist maps, snacks, and more.

For tips on what to put in your Go-Bag – click here.

 

Passport and document protector• Passport protectors

Damage to your passport can lead to you not being provided entry (or re-entry) into a country. Have a plastic pouch cover to protect from water damage, and on a lanyard that you can wear around your neck to protect from theft.

 

 

Travel Packing cubes keep your luggage organized when travelling• Luggage cubes

Suitcase cubes are a great way to separate your luggage into sections, keep things from wrinkling, and they help to save space. This last reason seems counterintuitive, but it does work.

 

 

Roguetrippers have bottle openers on keychains when we travel• Small bottle opener (key chain)

When you travel, you will often have drinks that are not all twist caps. Whether you are referring to sodas or alcohol, you will be the hero of your group if you have a simple bottle opener to crack a cold one when the need arises.
We have a very basic one on our key chain at all times, and it comes in handy more often than you might think. We like to drink a lot on vacation.

 

Roguetrippers always travel with a little note book to write down details on the trip, and for Travelblog ideas.• Small notebook and pen

We love to write notes as we travel. We keep a journal of where we have been.
As travel bloggers, social media enthusiasts, and avid Tripadvisor reviewers, Roguetrippers always have a little notebook on hand whenever we travel. You will want to remember where you have been, what restaurants you ate at, and what experiences you had. Writing a quick note in your book will help you to remember more about your vacation when you return.

 

• Plastic bags (laundry) dirty or wet clothes

Travelling with dirty clothes can be a bit stinky, and you don’t want that smell transferring to your clean clothes. Having a plastic bag to put your clothing after you have worn them will prevent the smell transference.
Hotels and cruise ships usually have these in rooms, but typically only one. So pack a couple of extras.

 

Lint rollers help you look your best on vacation• Small lint roller

This is a very simple thing that you may see as unnecessary. However, if you are planning on a night out at a nice restaurant, or are having a formal night on your cruise, you will want to look your best. Small lint rollers do not take up a lot of space and can be purchased cheaply at a local dollar store.

 

Gel and memory foam insoles for your shoes when you travel • Memory foam or gel insoles for your shoes

You can’t underestimate the importance of good comfortable footwear. You will be walking around a lot more than you think. With all of the places you go, foot comfort will be crucial. Having an extra layer of comfort in your shoes will help eliminate aches and pains associated with too much walking, so you can continue to enjoy the rest of your trip.

 

Slip a poncho into your suitcase when you travel• Portable Raingear

Ponchos, umbrellas, and a rain coat. These are the most overlooked items when we pack for a vacation. They don’t take a lot of room in your luggage, so just pack them. You may not need them, but if there is a change in the weather, you will be glad you did. Some locations like Alaska, Norway, and Iceland are very cold and wet. In these locations, an umbrella or poncho will come in handy.
Some locations like England and Seattle are notorious for their rainy weather.

roguetrippers pack a small umbrella in case it rains when travellingEven hotter destinations like New Orleans, have such high humidity that it can rain without clouds.
If you are visiting Niagara Falls – the spray causes a misting that will get you wet.

Money-saving tip: These are $1 – $2 at the dollar store, but can run up to $5 -10 when you buy them in tourist areas or on cruise ships.

• Zip-up hoodie

Of all of the overlooked items when you pack for a trip – a sweatshirt or zip-up hoodie is one you will never regret having. The temperatures can get chilly even in the warmer destinations and having a zip-up hoodie will be a welcomed addition to your bag. I recommend zip-up instead of pull-over because you have more control over how warm you will get. Pullovers are all or nothing.

• Walking stick

I will admit that I never carry a walking stick, but I do see the benefits of having one. If you like to hike, or if the destination is a little hilly, or uneven (San Francisco, Sardinia, etc) having one can be very helpful.
A walking stick can also be an added layer of safety in your hotel room. It can be used to prevent a door from being broken into.

 

• Portable alarm clock

A small slim design, battery operated (or wind up) alarm clock can be purchased at your local dollar store. It packs nicely in a suitcase without taking a lot of room.
We still do not pack this, but someone we travel a lot with does. So far, our cell phones have done the trick without fail. Everybody has a cell phone that they can use as an alarm clock. However, if the battery dies, or there is a power outage, this small inexpensive alarm clock can make the difference in keeping you on schedule.

 

• Small flashlight (battery operated)

You never know when you will need one, but when you do, it will be great to have a tiny LED flashlight. We keep a small flashlight in our “Go-Bag” as well as in the glove compartment of our car – you never know when you need to explore a dark cave or do some UrbExing when on a road trip.

 

• Whistle

A little whistle necklace will give you some peace of mind if you are threatened or attacked on your vacation. You can never be too careful and having a few safety and protection items will help. There are also small personal alarm systems that you can get that attach to your purse or bag, as well. They will run you about $10-15 on Amazon.

 

• Rubber door stop

Go to your local dollar store and pick up a cheap rubber door stop just for travel. You can put this under the door of your hotel room or cruise stateroom on the inside to make it harder for anyone to break in. This is a small thing that will help you feel safer when you travel.

For more tips on travel safety – be sure to check out our “Travel Safety Tips”

 

roguetrippers pack a road atlas or maps of the area when we travel• Paper Atlas & maps of the area

YES, I KNOW your car has GPS and your phone has Google Maps. What if they aren’t working? Cell service can be sketchy (or non-existent) in some places, as can the satellite signals for the GPS. In the event, your GPS or Phone do not have a signal, or if where you are going is off the grid, having an ‘old-school’ map will be a great idea.

 

Travelling with the bare essentials can be fun and relaxing for some, but most of us now like some of our comforts of home when we travel. We know you don’t want to fill your luggage with ‘stuff’, but these often overlooked items should be considered when you pack for your trip. You will be glad you have them when you need them. Plus it will save you money if you need them while on vacation.

For more travel tips on what to pack for your vacation, don’t forget to check out Roguetrippers’ articles on packing a health & wellness kit, technology accessories, and your pet supplies if travelling with your dog.

Author

Nick is a life longer traveller that loves to explore new and unexpected places. He was introduced to travel at a young age through many family road trips. One particularly formative experience was a promised trip to Walt Disney World for March Break.... which never happened. Halfway there his family stopped in Virginia at Colonial Williamsburg, which as a child is pretty much the exact opposite experience. What this did though, was to inspire a love of finding the unknown and unexpected adventures that continues to this day. . Follow Nick’s travel adventures on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/nick_kulnies/

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