Call me the MacGyver of family travel! For young readers, MacGyver is a fictional spy from the late 1980’s who used all sorts of everyday tools to get the job done. No gun required. I’m certain that if MacGyver wrote a travel blog, he’d include these three packing essentials too. Curious? Read on!
As the self-proclaimed MacGyver of family travel, I recommend these little beauties for their versatility. Binder Clips are so useful that I give them as wedding gifts! True. Some things I use them for during travel include:
- Chip clips — keeps snacks, cookies, and cereal fresh.
- Shade makers — clip a beach towel to the edge of the umbrella to provide more shade.
- Beach towel anchor — keep the towel from blowing off my chair.
- Paper organizer — holds necessary papers together better than a paper clip
- Garbage bag holder — clip a garbage bag to the pocket on the back of the front car seat so kids can get to it easily
- Emergency belt — yes, it’s true! We forgot our daughter’s belt one trip and used a binder clip to tighten her skirt. 🙂 Shhhh…. don’t tell.
- Anchor for clothes line — need to hang the swimsuits? Tie a string around a binder clip and attach it to the shower curtain. Tie the other end around the shower head and voila! Instant clothes line.
- Ice pack — just add ice to treat bumps, bruises and sunburns!
- Laundry bag– pack wet clothes for the trip home in a gallon size bag so other items stay dry
- Carry-on organizer — when we travel by plane, each family member packs emergency essentials in a gallon size bag. Sickness, food spills and travel interruptions are easier to manage with fresh clothes. Bonus: the dirty clothes can be repacked in the bag keeping other items clean.
- Collections — kids love to collect things. Why not give them a bag to control the size of the collection?
- Barf bag!
- Receipt storage — instead of carrying all the travel receipts in wallet or purse, keep them in a ziploc bag. After vacation, everything needed to reconcile the credit card statement is in one convenient place.
- Treating larger scrapes — medical use, of course!
- Keeping an ice pack in place
- Replacing a belt (yep — I did that once too. Our daughter is really thin and, apparently, I am quite forgetful!)
- Securing luggage — overpacked bag? Broken zipper? Medical tape packs small but holds strong.
- Fixing a shoe
- Repairing broken glasses