DECIDING what to pack when you go on holiday is always tricky – with hundreds of luggage options and expensive gadgets to choose from.
But a travel expert has revealed three unusual items they always take with them on trips – and they won’t break the bank.
Seasoned traveler Peter Rothbart said one of the items he packs every time he leaves is something you might even have at home – silica gel packets.
Small sachets are often found inside clothing and food packaging and are used to prevent moisture from damaging produce.
The same theory can be applied to your luggage when you go on vacation, and by throwing a few packets among your clothes and electronics, they are less likely to get damp.
Peter told Insider, “I put them in my shoes overnight when I’m hiking, and keep a few in my camera bag or with other electronics when the humidity is high.”
If you don’t have any at home, you can buy them from £4.95 on Amazon.
The next thing Peter encouraged travelers to take with them is something you probably have in your wallet, purse, or drawer.
He said he always packed a postage stamp – which cost around 70p – just in case he needed to post something.
Depending on where you are staying, a post office may not be easy to find and if you have a last minute card or an important document to send, you may waste a lot of time trying to find one.
Having a stamp with you eliminates that stress and means you can send your letter without too much hassle.
Peter said: “If I’m not staying near a post office or in a hotel where I can buy postage, having a stamp with me saves up to an hour of precious vacation time.”
The last item Peter said he always packs is a mini torch, which can be had 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 nighttime use outside of urban areas, to ease a late arrival into a dark Airbnb rental, or simply as a reading light.”
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