9 Items You Never Knew You Needed for Your Next Adventure

Going traveling often involves spending an entire day in the week leading up to your flight packing your bags in preparation for the trip. While some people find this task mind-numbingly boring, others find it enjoyable.

Sometimes, you end up throwing something into your luggage on a whim and then later discover that it was the best thing you’ve ever done. A Reddit user has recently opened up a discussion about the very best “unexpected items” to pack for a vacation.

Wet Wipes

One of the items she now considers “essential” when traveling is wet wipes. She said: “I don’t use them when I’m at home, but they come in so handy when I’m traveling – wiping down surfaces on planes/trains, cleaning your hands when there’s no tap handy, a quiet wet wipe shower after a long – they’re a must-have for me now.”

A Deck of Cards

Whether it’s a pack of traditional playing cards or a deck of uno cards, bringing some form of playing cards can be invaluable when traveling. One user said: “Playing cards have helped me to get to know a bunch of cool people late at night at the hotel.”

Travel-sized Board Games

Following on with the theme of games, one user said that she always packs a board game with her. She said: “They are always a huge hit, and I played one for a few hours straight with some random Aussie next to me on the plane on my way home from Bali once.”


One popular suggestion came from someone who suggested moisturizer because “skin gets so dry on planes.” This prompted another user to suggest lip balm for the same reason.

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