Believe it or not, a frisbee can have several practical uses in your luggage.
Apart from the obvious game accessory, tossing around a frisbee is a great way to break the ice when meeting new people, even when language might be a barrier. It's also a great way to pass the time when waiting around for transportation or just trying to kill some hours in the sun and if you're traveling with kids, what better way to keep them occupied when you're trying to get organised or sort out their next meal?
Aside from all the fun, a frisbee can have some functional uses too. For example, packing a frisbee around delicate or breakable items in your luggage can help to protect them. Not only that, but it can be used as a plate, bowl, cutting board, flat surface for standing your drink on, a fan and the list goes on!
Other handy things to pack...
Most of these items take up little space in your luggage, weigh hardly anything at all and can come in very handy. You might regret not packing them!
Duct tape: Repair shoes, tents, bags, sleeping bags, clothing and any number of other items, remove lint, fashion a cable, cord or rope, reseal packages, bandages, slings, etc. To save space, wrap the tape around another item in your luggage when packing (i.e. cosmetic bottle, toothpaste tube, etc).
Dental floss: Tie things together, stitch up tears in your clothing, hang things, spare shoelaces and cleaning between your teeth.
Zip-lock bags: Keep liquids separate in case of spills (hand sanitizer and toothpaste can bleach and/or stain fabrics, as can oily creams and other cosmetics if leaked into your luggage), keep soiled items separate from clean ones (you never know when you might step in a muddy puddle!).
Moist Towelettes: Wipe your hands and face, clean tabletops, doorknobs, toilets and other surfaces, freshen yourself up, wipe spills from clothing to prevent staining.
Safety Pins: Replace buttons and zippers, mend wardrobe malfunctions, tack pant legs or long skirts up when walking in rain or hiking through mucky terrain, fasten things together.
Paper clips: Open ports on smartphones and other devices, depress reset buttons, bookmark, makeshift hook.
Gum: Alleviate ear pressure on planes, freshen up your breath, stress relief, stick things together, plug up holes.
Rubber bands: Bunch things together, seal things up, drink identifiers (different colors around glasses or bottles so everyone can keep track of which is theirs), shooting games while waiting around.
Microfiber towel: Protective wrap around special items in your bag, lining around pillows or bed sheets of questionable hygiene, shower / beach accessory, as a table cloth, sun shade, privacy curtain, baby play mat, laundry bag, fly screen and simply because you never know when you'll need a towel!
Clothesline: If you plan on doing laundry along the way, then packing a clothesline and some hangers would make hanging and drying much easier.
What items you have found unexpectedly useful on your travels?
Students at a community college in Texas have been participating in a project to gain awareness around the issue of water consumption and scarcity.
While the average amount of water consumed per person each day in America is approximately 80 gallons (over 300 liters), students at a community college in Texas involved in a project called the 'Gallon Challenge' were assigned to live on just 1 gallon (4.5 litres) of water per day for three days and document their experiences.
The students found that one of the major challenges was doing laundry. Some students reported that their domestic washing machines use anywhere between 45-90 gallons of water per load. That's 200-400 litres! This posed the problem of how to stay clean on just a gallon of water a day.
The Scrubba team donated a Scrubba wash bag to the project, enabling students to test whether they could do laundry while keeping within the water restrictions. Students reported that they were successfully able to wash one day's worth of clothes in the Scrubba wash bag using just 1 gallon of water, although even this was a challenge.
Presumably this would have left little to no water for drinking, cooking and other life requirements, but it was a good lesson on how little we can actually get by on compared to what we consume on a regular basis without thinking.
Research shows that the average amount of water consumed per person in a household is inversely proportional to the number of people in the house. In other words, the greater the number of people in a household, the less water each person uses. This is most likely because a portion of water consumption, such as laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc., is shared between the residents. So perhaps by pooling resources together, the students could manage clean clothes and still have enough water for other necessities on just a gallon a day per person.
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