Tricks to the trade of travel

Are there any items you bring with you on travel that simplify your life? Any tricks to the trade of travel?

Is there something you must bring with you that has saved you on many occasions? I’ve begun to ask my road-warrior friends this same question and have received some incredible answers:

  • Rubber bands (for securing shoes together to take less space)
  • Travel blanket that folds tightly and into a small container
  • Swiss army knife (in checked luggage only)
  • Extra set of headphones
  • Airline drink coupons
  • Empty sports water bottle
  • Extension cord

Please share your best travel secrets in the comments.

MPD: Plan ahead and think creatively before travel.