01 Aug Did you pack your…? (5 Items You Shouldn’t Forget)

Take it from someone who has spent quite a bit of time traipsing about the world: you will always forget to pack SOMETHING. However, if you can avoid leaving the following items behind, your trip might go a little bit smoother. 5) Plastic Bag [caption id="attachment_954" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? No? Me neither.[/caption] http://img2-2.timeinc.net/toh/i/g/products/1009-plastic-bags/00-plastic-bags.jpg You probably have a dozen of these crammed in a closet right at this very moment. Though it may seem strange to bring one along on your international journey, the uses for a plastic bag are endless. Wrap it around your lotions and mini shampoo bottles to prevent spills. Use it to keep that wet swimsuit away from the rest of your dry clothing. Can’t remember which socks need washing? Segregate them to the bag. Unexpected downpour? This is the perfect way to protect your electronics! Take one along, you won’t regret it. 4) Pen & Paper [caption id="attachment_955" align="aligncenter" width="670"] Scribble, scribble, scribble.[/caption] http://www.truenorthquest.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/pen-and-paper.jpeg It doesn’t matter if you take a nicely bound notebook or a few sheets of loose leaf, paper and a pen to write with are hugely useful. (Also, very old school) Does that helpful man giving you directions want to draw a map? No problem! Do you need a way to remember the name of the restaurant your hostel buddies recommended? Got it! No smartphone service overseas? Thank goodness you wrote your friend’s contact info down! And, should the urge to sketch...

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