Five everyday items that make great travel gadgets

These five everyday items can be turned into clever travel gadgets.

lady holding dental floss for use as a travel gadget

These five everyday items can be turned into clever travel gadgets with just a little bit of creativity.

Shower cap
Turn your shower cap inside out and wrap it around your shoes. You can then pack your shoes without fear of the soles getting dirt on your clothes. When you turn the shower cap out the right way to wear it in the shower, the outside gets clean too.

Dental floss
Opt for a non-minty dental floss and suddenly you’ve got a multipurpose tool at your disposal. You can string it up as a DIY clothesline in a hotel room, use it as durable thread to hold together a split bag in a pinch, or even slice bread and cheese by holding it taut between two hands.

Tic Tac case
A Tic Tac case has multiple uses – it can store and dispense bobby pins with ease, or, for the budding travel photographer, it is a lightweight, water-resistant case in which to store spare SD cards and a backup USB drive.

Sarong
A sarong isn’t just for around your waist. It can be used as a towel, a privacy curtain, a makeshift bag or a light top sheet in warm weather, when the synthetic bedspread is too sweaty to bear.

Garbage ties
Those wire and paper garbage bag ties could be the difference between losing your passport to a pickpocket, and having a stress-free trip. Simply close your bag and thread the garbage bag tie through both zipper ends. With a few firm twists your bag takes five seconds longer to open, making you an unappealing target for pickpockets on public transport.

Which everyday items do you ‘MacGyver’ into travel gadgets?

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    Blissful9
    6th Jul 2016
    12:06pm
    A sarong or large scarf can be used over a pillow that isn't 100% clean. I've done this many time when travelling and staying in hostels.
    Ellem
    6th Jul 2016
    2:36pm
    As well as a sarong, pegs are really handy as often curtains won't close in the middle and I peg them together to shut out the light. The sarong/s can also be pegged up at the end of the curtains if light comes in there too. I also take a thick black piece of plastic (usually a garbage bag which can be cut up ) and that can help block out those pesky lights that seem to come from TV's, airconditioners and other appliances in the room. If you buy traveller's block out curtains they are very expensive and this is a cheaper and lighter option. As you can see I like it dark!
    Aussie
    7th Jul 2016
    10:57pm
    Some plastic bags are always usable to wrap your shoes or dirty clothes you did not wash
    do not forget the aerogard or small first aid kid or just some bandages and things just in case get cuts
    Always take gastro pills (Old sulfa pills works well if you can find them) especially if you go to any Asian country because the water is always bad

    Get some duct tape or any other strong construction tape (Just small roll) is strong and will serve to patch up your bag when gets cut on the corners or if those plastic ones can be use to repair any cuts

    I suggest you always put a security belt around your bag to avoid any handling problems
    When packing your bag use a towel pushed all around the top so support your clothes from any misfortunes if your bag breaks or open due to mishandling (Typical if you travel in China I have seen bags throwing up and down the plain by hand ...)

    Have a great and safe trip and do not forget to make copies of your passport several of them and keep in separate places just in case ......and yes yes yes get international driver's lic. in NRMA or RAAC or other institution on your state - do not expect that your Australian Licence is valid in other country ...trust me on that ...


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