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Multi-use Items Help Shrink Luggage Size and Weight

December 6, 2013
November 23, 2014

Why bring the entire arsenal with you?
Some objects are multi-purpose (even if you're not using them as such) and help you shrink luggage size and weight.

Although I tend to pack lots of objects, I myself take account of the multiple functionalities that certain items can have.

It's simple, easy: you'll have to bring less items, which can (anyway) substitute others.

Yes, we know this, but the purpose of my idea is to bring you deeper into the issue of using multi-use items.
And we're not talking about survival in the wilderness...



#1 USB cables


Many smartphones, digital cameras allow charging through a USB cable. So, why bring their charger?
Just connect them to your laptop or tablet and they will charge.

But, why bring your laptop or tablet? Even modern flat-screen TV's have USB plugs. Connect your devices there to charge their batteries.

Of course, the individual chargers will generally recharge the batteries faster than the USB cables.



#2 Use toothpaste for cleaning dishes


Clean your cutlery, your tea cup with toothpaste. It's as good as dishwasher paste and it's good for hygiene, kills bacteria.



#3 Hand sanitizers and alcohol wipes help remove stains from clothes


Should you spill something on your clothes when abroad - no worry, just use a sanitizer get and/or alcohol wipes. Especially the sanitizer gels are effective.

Sometimes they can remove even oily spots, stains, which would normally have to go through the washing machine.



#4 The ingenious binder clips


It's amazing how many things one can do with a binder clip!
Use it to hang your clothes, organize cables (like fasten your earphones' cables to your shirt), cover the hear of your razor, use as money clip or as a holder for your smartphone (when watching films) and so on...



#5 Fully exploit your smartphone


Smartphones can be: alarm clocks, light sources, GPS devices and you can even book travel services online through them.
One particular aspect I like about them is the fact that I can use the phone to produce light. Mine is quite strong, so I don't require a flashlight.



#6 Layered-clothing


Multiple layers of lighter clothes can sometimes be even more efficient than a single piece of thick material on you.
Simply: put more of your clothes on you to keep you warm.



#7 Pajamas can be substituted


Pack light dual-use light clothes will be good for wearing them home, you don't need pajamas.
I laugh at people who bring their (typical) pajamas on their trips. How much space do those pajamas consume from your entire luggage's volume?





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About the Author:

Escape Hunter, the young solo traveler in his early 30's explores the World driven by curiosity, thirst for adventure, deep passion for beauty, love for freedom and diversity.
With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...



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