Dollar Stores A Traveler's Best Friend
know those thin colored plastic tablecloths sold in the party
supply section of the dollar store? They have a multitude
of uses and are definitely light enough to pop into your pack.
Pick your favorite color, pay your four quarters and you now
have a tablecloth to cover your hotel bed as you snack and
watch TV. Or, use it to lie on while sunning in the park or
to protect yourself if you're caught in a surprise downpour.
there be light...
supply of electricity we experience in North America and Europe
is not the same everywhere in the world. In developing countries,
you must always be prepared for power outages. I found a funky
little key chain ($1.00) that supplies enough brightness to
help you see something very close to you. Use it to locate
the two, short fat candles (2/$1.00) in your bag. Presto.
Let there be light!
in your diary...
a one dollar notebook with a thick cardboard cover into a
great place to hide your emergency money. To begin, make this
scribbler your official trip diary so that anybody looking
for valuables will most probably bypass it. Now tape an emergency
credit card plus $100 dollars on the inside back cover of
the notebook. Once that's done, you move on to the tricky
part. Camouflage your stash by stapling a fake itinerary to
the cover (be sure to staple all sides). Voila, your savings
are out of sight and safe. I've even left my notebook back
at the hotel in one of the drawers. The housekeeper might
have read my diary but she certainly didn't take it. My life
just isn't interesting enough!
I have a husband...
creative one dollar solution is perfect for the solo woman
traveler. Pick up a tiny picture frame and fill it with a
photo of a huge man. In some countries you will be constantly
challenged with direct questions like, 'Are you alone? Where
is your husband?' When that happens you can smile sweetly,
pick the frame out of your bag, flash it, and say, 'This is
my husband. I'm going to meet him right now.' End of problem.
always good to have a few souvenirs from home to hand out
along the way. It promotes good will across cultures and most
important of all, you're sure to get a big smile from the
recipients. Before travelling to Japan I bought these attractive
black, white and red pens emblazoned with Canadian flags.
They were listed at 3/$1.00. At that price I could afford
to stock up, even if I saved some to give away next trip.