Antibacterial wipes. I like the smaller cloth-like
sample-sized packet. Easy to carry and easy to dispense.
I always bring a journal and wonderful German crayons.
They come in little, thin tins (for easy storage)
that I buy at an art store. When you put a bit of
water over your drawing, you get a water color effect.
Take time to play!
I suggest you put all your daypack stuff into a "stuffsack"
and secure it well. It will not only stay dryer in
a rainstorm, it will also stay safer. Thieves who
think about cutting your bag or trying to get in will
have a much harder time reaching your essentials.
Ed. note: An outdoor
equipment shop would be the best place to find this
Dental floss is extremely small, takes up no room
and it's useful for many, many things. Think improvised
washline, flying a kite, sewing your pack, and even
cleaning your teeth.
You've probably heard of these from other travellers,
but I'm including it in my list because I never leave
home without one. These towels are small, very absorbent
and quick to dry. I found mine at a camping store.
Regular towels are simply too bulky and they get stinky
when you are forced to pack them when they're still
Carry a plastic doorstop. Stick it under your door
anywhere (including your train compartment) and, of
course, your hotel door (with an iffy lock) and no
one will get in except Superman.
I don't leave home without an assortment of bandaids
- all shapes and sizes. I hope I don't need them but
one never knows. Ed. Note:
Cute guys (both young and old) very often need bandaids
- it pays to keep your packet where they're always
Carry a little flashlight plus, I always bring this
bigger one made by Ever Ready (I believe). Go to the
flashlight section of your department store. This
model is yellow with kind of a flared out thing around
the bulb area -- you can't miss it. It's small enough,
it has a wider beam and it doubles as a lamp. You
pull on the base and the middle becomes this nice,
soft light that will be very welcome should the power
go out, or in your tent, or if you just plain want
to read and everyone else in your hostel room is sleeping.
Cost: About $6.00 P.S. Always carry a spare bulb and
A safety-pinned zipper is harder for a thief to open.
Pin all your zippers to discourage casual rip-offs.
Buy a combination cable lock. They're small, cost
about $10 and they allow you to park your pack more
readily. (i.e.) Lock your pack to the overhead holder
on a train and go get a sandwich. Most thieves are
just small time potatoes, they'll look for an easy-to-grab
bag. I use my lock all the time. Tiny locks on the
zippers are great too. Most casual thieves won't bother
to cut your pack. You'll have peace of mind for only
This item weighs almost nothing, takes no room, is
warm or cool as it needs to be, is easy to wash, keeps
between you and questionable bedding. Use it on a
train, right in your sleeping bag or anywhere. They
are the greatest!
||Pants with zip-off
Presto, you have shorts when the sun comes out. No need
to buy expensive gear - check out clothing chains like
Old Navy and the Gap. They offer much less expensive