DECIDING what to pack when you go on holiday is always tricky – with hundreds of expensive luggage and gadget options to choose from.
But a travel expert has revealed three unusual items they always take with them on a trip – and they won’t break the bank.
Seasoned traveller Peter Rothbart said that one of the items he packs whenever he goes away is something that you might even have lying around the house – silica gel packets.
The little sachets often come inside clothing and food packages and are used to keep moisture from damaging the products.
The same theory can be applied to your luggage when you go on holiday, and by chucking a couple of packets among your clothes and electronics, they’re less likely to get damp.
Peter told Insider: “I put them in my shoes overnight when I’m hiking, and I keep a few in my camera bag or with other electronics when humidity is high.”
If you haven’t got any at home, you can buy them from as little as £4.95 from Amazon.
The next thing Peter encouraged travellers to take with them is something you’ve probably got in your wallet, purse or drawer.
He said he always packs a postage stamp – which cost around 70p – just in case he ever needs to send something by post.
Depending on where you’re staying, a post office might not be easy to find and if you’ve got a last-minute card or important document that needs sending, you could waste a lot of time trying to find one.
By having a stamp with you, it eliminates that stress and means you can get your letter sent off without much hassle.
Peter said: “If I’m not staying near a post office or at a hotel where I can buy postage, then having a stamp with me saves as much as an hour of valuable vacation time.”
The final item Peter said he always packs is a mini torch, which can be bought for as little as £2.99 on Amazon.
Although most people have a torch on their phone, if your phone dies you won’t have a light so it’s handy to have a separate torch available.
Peter said: “It’s great for night use outside urban areas, to facilitate a late arrival to a dark Airbnb rental, or simply as a reading light.”
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