Travel Bloggers Share the most USELESS item they just HAD TO PACK with them!
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Every day I come across things that we “just” might need on our trip.
Yesterday it was a poncho at the dollar store. You cant go wrong with a poncho right?? and YES i bought it. it was a dollar! I will let you know if it makes it in the suitcase!
There are so many decisions when you think about what needs to get done before you begin to travel long term. You can check out my post about what to do before leaving Canada to travel to read about some of them. Packing is a big thing on that list. While i am working on what i THINK i need, I decided to ask some bloggers what was their most useless item, that they just couldn’t seem to leave at home!
But before I tell you what they said, here was my most useless item that i just had to pack.
It was it was in 2011 on our first overseas trip with Matti. He was 10 months old. You defineitly need quite a bit of stuff with an infant, but I just made it a whole lot worse when when I INSISTED on brining my laptop. We had 4 days in London, then took the train to Paris where we spent another 4 day. We then went back to London and picked up a rental car for a week in Peterborough. I just HAD to have my laptop, exclusively to download my photos onto (this was before I was a blogger and my laptop was not very tiny). I had brought my Canon 7D which takes expensive CF cards, not cheap SD cards that I could go out and grab for $10. I was worried that I would take 100 photos of the Eiffel Tower in France and run out of space on my memory cards! Because of this decision, it meant I had to bring a rolling carry-on JUST for my laptop (we did also use the rolling suitcase to pack all of the baby stuff into. But that meant we had 6 rolling items: a stroller, 3 suitcases, one for myself, one for Raimo and one for my mother-in-law, a luggage rack for our car seat and the silly laptop case!
I would have much rather brought a backpack big enough for the laptop (mine was a small daypack and it did not fit in there with my camera, and enough warm clothes for Mattias for wet weather in the spring).
Arnt I CRAZY??? But at least I am not the only one who has brought something useless along on their travels. Here is what some fellow travel bloggers had to say about the most useless item they packed:
Christa from www.travelfearlesslyblog.com – My tripod. I always take it but NEVER use it and it’s so bulky! Even with my husband watching our toddler I just don’t have the time to be setting up a tripod anymore for photos. Besides, she never stays still anyway!
”ª Stefan and Sebastien of www.nomadicboys.com – Our useless purchase pre travelling was a whistle. We thought it could be useful if ever stuck in a train toilet or stranded at sea as you can whistle out for attention. We’ve since learnt (after travelling on numerous trains and taking many boat trips for snorkelling/scuba diving) that we could have just left this behind…but it does make quite a cool necklace no?
Micki from www.thebarefootnomad.com/ – Back in 2003 we traveled to Thailand and Malaysia for the first time. We were worried we wouldn’t be able to find bottled water everywhere, so we took a bulky water filter with us. Turns out, there’s bottled water for sale everywhere. We didn’t use the filter once, but lugged it around in the bottom of our backpack for a full year!
Nicole from www.globalmousetravels.com… -… I took a suitcase full of bulky ski gear to the Alps even though I knew I wouldn’t be skiing – my 3 year old wasn’t ready to be left on his own. I convinced myself that it was going to be freezing cold there and I’d need multiple layers including salopettes, ski jacket, thermals and fleeces. It was actually really warm in the resort and I spent the days we were there wandering around in my jeans with my heavy suitcase full of expensive gear untouched! (It’s still bagged up at the bottom of a cupboard somewhere)
Melissa from farawayfive.wordpress.com… – a blow up booster seat, a 4 year old’s violin, a microphone to record music…we dropped so much stuff along our way in SE Asia that we came home with two fewer suitcases than we left with.
Chelsea from somedayilllearn.com Wine. It’s like I’m worried I’ll get STRANDED somewhere that has no good vino.
Rebecca from www.rwethereyetmom.com I used to way over pack things for my kids to do while traveling – elaborate crafts, games, too many books, toys – so their poor little carry-ons were too heave for them to carry and I ended up carrying them all. It was finally with the 3rd kiddo that I learned they DON’T need a bunch of “things” to occupy their time while traveling – they enjoyed exploring new areas & simply looking out the window more!
Kimberly from stuffedsuitcase.com – Too many shoes. I used to think that I would change shoes with outfits and occasions and while sometimes I do, the majority of the time I wear my one basic comfy pair.
Jessica from www.bring-the-kids.com – Running shoes. I mean honestly…working out on vacation? I’m too exhausted from trying to not lose a kid.
Emma from www.southwestreviews.co.uk – I took a hairdryer to Menorca… not only were there hairdryers provided in both bathrooms, but the weather was warm enough to dry my hair naturally very quickly anyway. It stayed in the suitcase,
Exploramum does not travel without her tea pot! Check our her post here!I just love it! (and secretly wish I had that set! )
”ªWhat is the most useless item you just HAD to pack and just did not need or really regretted taking along? Let me know in the comments!
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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.