5 Essentials and Useless Things I Packed

Find out what we didn’t need and what we couldn’t travel without.

Some of you have emailed and left comments regarding our packing list – wondering what items we packed were useful and what items we could have traveled without now that we’re home. We didn’t do too bad if I do say so myself. Here are our packing essential and some of the useless things we packed for our big trip.

Essential

A dollar

$250 U.S. dollars to be exact in 20s, 5s and 1s and all in new, crisp condition. Getting foreign cash in another country has never been easier but it’s U.S. dollar that is difficult to come by and often the preferred form of currency when you’re applying for Visas or tipping in countries like Cambodia. Be sure to bring crisp, new bills. Our slightly wrinkled ones were rejected in Vietnam at visa upon arrival, but luckily we brought extras.

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Passport photos

Bringing extra passport photos for our many visa runs saved us a lot of time. Plus, I made sure we carried one of each others in case of an emergency and one of us gets lost.

Uses of the sarong

But not just a sarong: In humid weather, it’s the perfect blanket. At a beach, it’s a beach mat. On clothing crisis days, I wear it as a wrap, a dress or a skirt. You can use it as a picnic cover, a sheet and a towel. One sarong, endless possibilities. I even saw guys in Thailand carrying around masculine-ish sarongs so they really do serve a great purpose.Β  Gerard loves our too!

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Cell phone

Our way to stay connected with the world. Literally. We bought a SIM in almost every new country we entered to use with our unlocked Droid Incredible 2. It’s a life-saver when trying to get a hold of your Couchsurfing or Airbnb hosts, your friends or new friends you’re trying to meet up with. We used it to track our daily expenses (with Expensify), Skype our family and update you guys on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Travel tote

A tough, super light, versatile tote that stows away in your pocket is an essential for long-term travelers. We invested in a red, simple Lewis N Clark convertible tote that served as a day purse, grocery bag, a beach tote and toiletry kit.. perfect for the shared bathrooms in hostels. We used it so much, it’s starting to fall apart. Recently, we invested in a new one – a black Samsonite convertible tote.

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Two other essentials not mentioned above but should be noted- our DiCAPac waterproof case and USB thumb drive. We use the case on a number of occasion not just for underwater but also for Holi, Songkran and sand-boarding in the desert. The USB was great for when we wanted to exchange music files, movies and tv with other travelers we met on the road.

Useless

Neck Belt

Neck belt, money belt, fanny packs, you name it, they’re tacky and unnecessary and just plain useless. If anything, it makes you out as a target for theft, not deter it. We brought a small one that I never used. It’s a good thing we were able to convert ours to a business card holder so not completely useless. I recommend using your daypack instead or invest in a cute messenger. I am in LOVE with my black Timbuk2 transit shoulder bag.

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Laundry Soap Sheets

Is it just me, or does it take an awfully lot of sheets to get a sink load of clothes clean? Halfway through New Zealand, I was about done with the sheets with no foam. My clothes may have been cleaned, but it certainly didn’t smell it. And if you’re like me, I like good smelling clean clothes. So, I quickly turned to my scented body wash, my LUX soap bars or whatever soap was available in the hotel to wash our clothes. Worked for us and we smelled good too.

Sink Stopper

Is just stupid and completely useless. I had no trouble finding one if I needed it, but most washing days, the clothes piled in the sink clogged the drain for me. Instead, put your money in a flexoline. It’sΒ great for hanging clothes.

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Dry Shampoo

We did not skip showers in Australasia. In fact, in the sweltering heat, we showered as often as we could, sometimes twice a day. Plus, Gerard was not convinced some powder on your head can replace a day of washing. I like it and use it at home because I don’t wash my hair every day, the natural oils are good for your hair. Dry shampoo helps to get rid of that greasy, oily look. However, I agree with Gerard they may not be the best for traveling in humid climate places.

Medication

Ibuprofen, antihistamine, cipro and even malaria pills are readily available and easily accessible in Australasia, it’s shocking and yet comforting at the same time. At any given place, I could walk into a local Pharmacy and pick up whatever I needed without fuss. We did not get sick in the first three months of our travels, so imagine I was carrying around 3 extra pounds of things that I didn’t need. When we did need them, they were so dirt cheap in Asia and South America. Gerard’s Ciprofloxacin cost 60 Baht for 10 days worth of pills. That’s $2 USD!

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  • Wild Buttercup

    I second the sarong, the US dollars and the extra passport photos! I have found those all very useful whenever we travel. Thanks for the tips on what you didn’t find useful too: we were just debating whether we should get a money pouch/belt or not!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Get a cute messenger instead.. it’s a great day bag and safe. I carried mine like every day on the trip. πŸ™‚

  • Wild Buttercup

    I second the sarong, the US dollars and the extra passport photos! I have found those all very useful whenever we travel. Thanks for the tips on what you didn’t find useful too: we were just debating whether we should get a money pouch/belt or not!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Get a cute messenger instead.. it’s a great day bag and safe. I carried mine like every day on the trip. πŸ™‚

  • http://twitter.com/toniwonitravels Toni

    I feel you on the dollar situation. So many people turned up in Cape Town, South Africa to begin their tours and none of them had crisp dollars on them – they all had to make emergency dashes to change their money and were very worried they wouldn’t get it :/ It wasn’t pretty to watch that’s for sure!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      That sucks.. and they probably got ripped off on the exchange rates too. I always carry extra now in case they’re not crisp enough. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/toniwonitravels Toni

    I feel you on the dollar situation. So many people turned up in Cape Town, South Africa to begin their tours and none of them had crisp dollars on them – they all had to make emergency dashes to change their money and were very worried they wouldn’t get it :/ It wasn’t pretty to watch that’s for sure!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      That sucks.. and they probably got ripped off on the exchange rates too. I always carry extra now in case they’re not crisp enough. Should have ironed all mines.. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/our_oyster Our Oyster

    Yes…. Sarongs are SO useful. And they dry so quickly. I use mine as a towel cause it drys super fast and doesn’t get mildew smelling like normal towels as fast.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Gerard used ours as a towel at the beach on a number of occasions. It really does dry faster than normal towels. πŸ™‚

  • Our Oyster

    Yes…. Sarongs are SO useful. And they dry so quickly. I use mine as a towel cause it drys super fast and doesn’t get mildew smelling like normal towels as fast.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Gerard used ours as a towel at the beach on a number of occasions. It really does dry faster than normal towels. πŸ™‚

  • http://www.thepaperplanesblog.com/ Alana – Paper Planes

    Great list – these are many of the things that aren’t top of mind when you’re packing but so annoying to not have (or be stuck with). Another one for me is a pocket knife…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I usually bring a pocket knife, the little scissors are great! But we had carry on luggage so it wouldn’t have made it far. Hehe

  • http://www.thepaperplanesblog.com/ Alana – Paper Planes

    Great list – these are many of the things that aren’t top of mind when you’re packing but so annoying to not have (or be stuck with). Another one for me is a pocket knife…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I usually bring a pocket knife, the little scissors are great! But we had carry on luggage so it wouldn’t have made it far. Hehe

  • pasture braised

    OK. Ditching our sink stopper and laundry sheets now. We’ve been carrying around a bag of meds for the last month that’s taking up so much space in our bags! That’s going too. Good call.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha.. no problem. Where are you guys now? Have you had any luck/ use with the sink stopper and sheets? Or the meds?

      • pasture braised

        We haven’t touched any of it! We are in Panama! Heading to Boquete today. After that, down to South America for a couple months. Feel free to follow along and share any tips @ pasturebraised.com. Give our love to SF!

        • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

          Cool, Panama! Check with the South America pharm and see what they offer before you chuck your meds but I remember we were able to get our hands on pretty much anything like Asia. πŸ™‚ Safe travels!

  • pasture braised

    OK. Ditching our sink stopper and laundry sheets now. We’ve been carrying around a bag of meds for the last month that’s taking up so much space in our bags! That’s going too. Good call.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha.. no problem. Where are you guys now? Have you had any luck/ use with the sink stopper and sheets? Or the meds?

      • pasture braised

        We haven’t touched any of it! We are in Panama! Heading to Boquete today. After that, down to South America for a couple months. Feel free to follow along and share any tips @ pasturebraised.com. Give our love to SF!

        • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

          Cool, Panama! Check with the South America pharm and see what they offer before you chuck your meds but I remember we were able to get our hands on pretty much anything like Asia. πŸ™‚ Safe travels!

  • Tracey – Life Changing Year

    Wow, your list of useless stuff is the same as ours! We carried that same stuff and didn’t use it at all. Funnily enough I’ve used the stupid dry shampoo several times now that we are home!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Me too! Lol, they’re great for lazy no shower days at home, but terrible for the road. Haha

  • Tracey – Life Changing Year

    Wow, your list of useless stuff is the same as ours! We carried that same stuff and didn’t use it at all. Funnily enough I’ve used the stupid dry shampoo several times now that we are home!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Me too! Lol, they’re great for lazy no shower days at home, but terrible for the road. Haha

  • http://twitter.com/CoupleofTravels Christina

    Haha, why do they care if the dollar bills are wrinkled?! It’s the same thing..

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Tell that to the Vietnam border people.. the Bolivians too! I don’t get it either.. Haha..

  • http://twitter.com/CoupleofTravels Christina

    Haha, why do they care if the dollar bills are wrinkled?! It’s the same thing..

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Tell that to the Vietnam border people.. the Bolivians too! I don’t get it either.. Haha..

  • Maria Falvey

    Carrying a few of your travel partner’s passport photos is an awesome idea!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’m always paranoid we’d get separated while crossing the street or something. Haha..

  • http://mariafalvey.net/ Maria Falvey

    Carrying a few of your travel partner’s passport photos is an awesome idea!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’m always paranoid we’d get separated while crossing the street or something. Haha..

  • http://twitter.com/AI_FollowUs Anglo Italian

    Feeling pretty good that we’re already carrying everything on the Useful list apart from the tote (but that’s because we have detachable day bags on our packs) and only have two from the Useless list – the meds & the sink plunger, both useless so far just as you said.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahaha.. that sink plug is quite pathetic, aye?

      • http://twitter.com/AI_FollowUs Anglo Italian

        Totally. As i’m sure you both probably do too, we both carry a duplicate of an item so that if one bag gets lost we’ve still got one two keep us going,,,

        ,,,so that’s TWO useless plugs in our possession.

        *hangs head in shame*

  • http://www.angloitalianfollowus.com/ Anglo Italian

    Feeling pretty good that we’re already carrying everything on the Useful list apart from the tote (but that’s because we have detachable day bags on our packs) and only have two from the Useless list – the meds & the sink plunger, both useless so far just as you said.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahaha.. that sink plug is quite pathetic, aye?

      • http://www.angloitalianfollowus.com/ Anglo Italian

        Totally. As i’m sure you both probably do too, we both carry a duplicate of an item so that if one bag gets lost we’ve still got one two keep us going,,,

        ,,,so that’s TWO useless plugs in our possession.

        *hangs head in shame*

  • WTM

    I always send myself an email with all important info–credit card phone numbers, copies of passports, important telephone numbers, etc. This is something I can acces from anywhere, and easily.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Great tip! Not sure if we emailed, but we had ours on Dropbox.. πŸ™‚

  • http://www.welltraveledmile.com/ Well Traveled Mile

    I always send myself an email with all important info–credit card phone numbers, copies of passports, important telephone numbers, etc. This is something I can acces from anywhere, and easily.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Great tip! Not sure if we emailed, but we had ours on Dropbox.. πŸ™‚

  • http://www.heelsandwheelsonline.com/ Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    This is so helpful! I don’t want to put people off purchasing malaria pills but they should really think about whether or not they need them on their trip. I’ve been carrying around a bottle of them for like three years and have not taken a single pill because I heard they drive you a bit crazy. They cost me like $200 too. I can’t agree with you more about passport photos and I always wished I had a good unlocked phone. Must look into the one you mention here!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      3 years?! I don’t think they’re any good now Bobbi, lol. We knew we needed them for India but I had no idea they were so cheap and easily accessible there. I did hear about the crazy dreams stories too. Luckily, never happened to us. Our phone was life-changing. LOL

  • http://www.heelsandwheelsonline.com/ Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    This is so helpful! I don’t want to put people off purchasing malaria pills but they should really think about whether or not they need them on their trip. I’ve been carrying around a bottle of them for like three years and have not taken a single pill because I heard they drive you a bit crazy. They cost me like $200 too. I can’t agree with you more about passport photos and I always wished I had a good unlocked phone. Must look into the one you mention here!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      3 years?! I don’t think they’re any good now Bobbi, lol. We knew we needed them for India but I had no idea they were so cheap and easily accessible there. I did hear about the crazy dreams stories too. Luckily, never happened to us. Our phone was life-changing. LOL

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    Great tips…I always fall victim to the medicine thing, and you’re right….I never use it. Time to scratch it off my list…

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    Great tips…I always fall victim to the medicine thing, and you’re right….I never use it. Time to scratch it off my list…

  • http://twitter.com/L_e_a_h Leah Travels

    If I could make a list of things I didn’t use on my 30 jaunt through Europe it would be short. However, I can’t imagine doing a year. I’m sure I would pack like the USA was the only place that sold anything. Great piece.

  • Leah Travels

    If I could make a list of things I didn’t use on my 30 jaunt through Europe it would be short. However, I can’t imagine doing a year. I’m sure I would pack like the USA was the only place that sold anything. Great piece.

  • Natalie @ In Natalie’s Shoes

    Great tips! I especially love the extra passport photo idea. I’ll have to revisit this for Paris in December!

  • http://www.innataliesshoes.wordpress.com/ Natalie @ In Natalie’s Shoes

    Great tips! I especially love the extra passport photo idea. I’ll have to revisit this for Paris in December!

  • http://twitter.com/jettingaround Pola (JettingAround)

    Love this, guys! Especially carrying extra passport photos – what a great idea for a long trip!! My must-pack items: a scarf and lip gloss. I don’t really need too many pairs of shoes, because they never get worn (let’s be real here…).

  • http://www.jettingaround.com/ Pola

    Love this, guys! Especially carrying extra passport photos – what a great idea for a long trip!! My must-pack items: a scarf and lip gloss. I don’t really need too many pairs of shoes, because they never get worn (let’s be real here…).

  • Martha

    I travel to Northern Europe a lot and it is ESSENTIAL you take medication with you!!! Scandinavian countries are very stingy when it comes to selling cold medication and pain relievers. In fact, I was quite sick with a cold during my first trip to Norway and couldn’t get anything at the store! I would have needed to go to the hospital for even Sudafed. Luckily, I carried enough with me (I did my homework ahead of time) to make it through ok. When I go now, my friends there ask me to bring them some because it is so expensive. LOL!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Oh good to know. Definitely depends where you are.. I’ve always wanted to visit the Scandinavian countries. Now I know to bring meds with me for when I do.. πŸ™‚

      • http://twitter.com/20YH Tony K + Steph H

        I agree that getting medication can kind of be a hassle even in Asia! Tony was quite congested while we were in Malaysian Borneo and in order for us to get actual sudafed, I had to give them my passport and fill out a book. In other cities, we didn’t even have that option, so I think that if you’ve got drugs from home that you know work, you are better off bringing them with you as it sucks not being able to get them when you need them!

  • Martha

    I travel to Northern Europe a lot and it is ESSENTIAL you take medication with you!!! Scandinavian countries are very stingy when it comes to selling cold medication and pain relievers. In fact, I was quite sick with a cold during my first trip to Norway and couldn’t get anything at the store! I would have needed to go to the hospital for even Sudafed. Luckily, I carried enough with me (I did my homework ahead of time) to make it through ok. When I go now, my friends there ask me to bring them some because it is so expensive. LOL!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Oh good to know. Definitely depends where you are. They weren’t useful for us in South America and Asia.. πŸ™‚ I’ve always wanted to visit the Scandinavian countries. Now I know to bring meds with me for when I do.. πŸ™‚

      • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

        I agree that getting medication can kind of be a hassle even in Asia! Tony was quite congested while we were in Malaysian Borneo and in order for us to get actual sudafed, I had to give them my passport and fill out a book. In other cities, we didn’t even have that option, so I think that if you’ve got drugs from home that you know work, you are better off bringing them with you as it sucks not being able to get them when you need them!

  • http://twitter.com/mrsoaroundworld Ana Silva O’Reilly

    I always have cash with me. Learned it the hard way! And Advil – seriously, I do not leave my house without it – and works for almost everything! My pashmina (one of them) always comes with me.. and obviously I ALWAYS pack way too many clothes. I am getting better, though!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Me too on the Advil! It’s always in my purse. I did notice I wore a lot of light scarves on this trip.. another essential item. πŸ™‚

  • @mrsoaroundworld

    I always have cash with me. Learned it the hard way! And Advil – seriously, I do not leave my house without it – and works for almost everything! My pashmina (one of them) always comes with me.. and obviously I ALWAYS pack way too many clothes. I am getting better, though!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Me too on the Advil! It’s always in my purse. I did notice I wore a lot of light scarves on this trip.. another essential item. πŸ™‚

  • http://twitter.com/lazytravelers Lazy Travelers

    sooo about the medicine… you should see our pack for our trip. definitely reassessing thanks to you hahaha

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha.. how much does it weigh? Well, I kept Advil with me but pretty much everything else I chucked in SE Asia. Plus, the stuff you get there works better, stronger. Let’s see how long you can go without touching your med bag. LOL

      Ps. When you get to Aussie, load up on their itch + burn gel. It’s a miracle worker for bites!

  • Lazy Travelers

    sooo about the medicine… you should see our pack for our trip. definitely reassessing thanks to you hahaha

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha.. how much does it weigh? Well, I kept Advil with me but pretty much everything else I chucked in SE Asia. Plus, the stuff you get there works better, stronger. Let’s see how long you can go without touching your med bag. LOL

      Ps. When you get to Aussie, load up on their itch + burn gel. It’s a miracle worker for bites!

  • http://twitter.com/rogerelizabeth Phil & Elynn

    Omg. thanks for the post! Really need to re-consider our little moving pharmacy. These pill bottles take up so much space!!! And cost us almost an arm and a leg with out insurance. -__-”
    What about sleep liners? Were those any useful?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Sleep liners? Never felt the need for one. Then again, we weren’t exactly roughing it. Where do you plan to sleep? Hehehe

  • http://twitter.com/rogerelizabeth Phil & Elynn

    Omg. thanks for the post! Really need to re-consider our little moving pharmacy. These pill bottles take up so much space!!! And cost us almost an arm and a leg with out insurance. -__-”
    What about sleep liners? Were those any useful?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Sleep liners? Never felt the need for one. Then again, we weren’t exactly roughing it. Where do you plan to sleep? Hehehe

  • The not lost traveler

    Totally didn’t need my hideous neck-wallet. Wore the thing at all times while traveling in Israel, and not once did i need my passport. If anything, it was more of a risk having it on me. Should’ve just kept it in my hotel room safe and carried a paper copy in my backpack.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      They are quite hideous. I never brought our passports out because I was afraid someone would jack my wallet. Always left it in my luggage and felt perfectly safe. Then again we were in private double rooms most the time. πŸ™‚

  • The not lost traveler

    Totally didn’t need my hideous neck-wallet. Wore the thing at all times while traveling in Israel, and not once did i need my passport. If anything, it was more of a risk having it on me. Should’ve just kept it in my hotel room safe and carried a paper copy in my backpack.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      They are quite hideous. I never brought our passports out because I was afraid someone would jack my wallet. Always left it in my luggage and felt perfectly safe. Then again we were in private double rooms most the time. πŸ™‚

  • lola

    so agree with what you’ve said and you tried to even warn me! to each their own but next time i think i will trust your advice or those who’ve been where i’m going!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      With the meds?! LOL, Cambodia is so awesome for cheap meds. hehe

  • lola

    so agree with what you’ve said and you tried to even warn me! to each their own but next time i think i will trust your advice or those who’ve been where i’m going!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      With the meds?! LOL, Cambodia is so awesome for cheap meds. hehe

  • http://twitter.com/AmericanaBtiful Americana Beautiful

    I’m in an RV, so have more space than a backpack…! I’ve gone through more envelopes than expected. And am proud of that!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Envelopes? Like for mail?? I’d love to travel in an RV some day!

  • http://twitter.com/AmericanaBtiful Americana Beautiful

    I’m in an RV, so have more space than a backpack…! I’ve gone through more envelopes than expected. And am proud of that!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Envelopes? Like for mail?? I’d love to travel in an RV some day!

  • http://twitter.com/TheWrldWanderer The World Wanderer

    Awesome post, and so true! I still have my ziploc of all the meds I brought with me to Africa…all the ones I NEVER used. Ugh, such a pain to carry it all around too. Most places have everything you could ever want and need. Oh, I also fell in love with flexoline in Africa. One of the women had one, and I will definitely be investing in one in the near future.

  • The World Wanderer

    Awesome post, and so true! I still have my ziploc of all the meds I brought with me to Africa…all the ones I NEVER used. Ugh, such a pain to carry it all around too. Most places have everything you could ever want and need. Oh, I also fell in love with flexoline in Africa. One of the women had one, and I will definitely be investing in one in the near future.

  • http://www.loveantoinette.com/ Antoinette B.

    I’m laughing when I saw the laundry sheets/soap because I brought them with me to South America last year; it was all done with one wash – ONE! No lather, no good smell, nada! I am a huge fan of dry shampoo especially in the winter season in NYC, but I never bring them when I travel. I need like one or two showers depending if it’s warm or sweltering hot… I travel to Peru twice a year for volunteer medical mission work and I tell you, you can get any drug known to mankind in their pharmacies, including the good ‘ol narcotics πŸ™‚

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Amen! πŸ˜€ Did you really use all the sheets in one wash?! Lol.. I think I got at least 3 before I gave up. Haha

  • http://www.loveantoinette.com/ Antoinette B.

    I’m laughing when I saw the laundry sheets/soap because I brought them with me to South America last year; it was all done with one wash – ONE! No lather, no good smell, nada! I am a huge fan of dry shampoo especially in the winter season in NYC, but I never bring them when I travel. I need like one or two showers depending if it’s warm or sweltering hot… I travel to Peru twice a year for volunteer medical mission work and I tell you, you can get any drug known to mankind in their pharmacies, including the good ‘ol narcotics πŸ™‚

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Amen! πŸ˜€ Did you really use all the sheets in one wash?! Lol.. I think I got at least 3 before I gave up. Haha

  • http://flashpackatforty.com/ World Flashpacker

    I’ve been on the road for well over a year as part of my own RTW trip. Crisp, clean, US dollars have been so useful at immigration desks, and places like Cambodia. In Myanmar you get the best exchange rates if your notes are in pristine condition. I always request brand new notes when I get US dollars from the bank.

  • http://flashpackatforty.com/ World Flashpacker

    I’ve been on the road for well over a year as part of my own RTW trip. Crisp, clean, US dollars have been so useful at immigration desks, and places like Cambodia. In Myanmar you get the best exchange rates if your notes are in pristine condition. I always request brand new notes when I get US dollars from the bank.

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