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 that we have wished we had on many trips over the years. You may not think you need them, but many 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.
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.
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.
Suitcase cubes are a great way to separate your luggage into sections, keep things from wrinkling, and help to save space. This last reason seems counterintuitive, but it does work.
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.
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 in after you have worn them will prevent smell transference.
Hotels and cruise ships usually have these in rooms, but typically only one. So pack a couple of extras.
This is a straightforward thing that you may see as unnecessary. However, if you plan 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.
Travel Tip: The paper lint rollers also come in very handy to check your dogs & yourself for Ticks after a hiking adventure.
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.
Ponchos, umbrellas, and a raincoat. These are the most overlooked items when we pack for a vacation. They don’t take a lot of room in your luggage, so pack them. You may not need them, but you will be glad you did if there is a change in the weather. 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.
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 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. You can use this to prevent a door from being broken into.
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 a difference in keeping you on schedule.
You never know when you will need one, but it will be great to have a tiny LED flashlight when you do. 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.
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. 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.”
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. If your GPS or Phone does 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.