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What to bring?
If you've ever traveled anywhere you know that it's gonna be a battle.
Some way, some how, it is never easy to remember the basic stuff... or, you bring too much. I can't tell you how many times I've had to buy toothpaste or a toothbrush or deodorant on a trip because I forgot it at home.
here are some basics.

Step 1: The Dry Shave

If you've ever tried this you know it sucks. Even with water it can be really not very fun. Here's a couple tricks:
use any soap you have, bar soap, shampoo, anything.
another one that my friend swears by is to shave with peanut butter!

Step 2: Here's My Basic Kit

ok, so some of this is completely optional... well basically everything is optional if you're not planning on having any sort of contact with the outside world...
Razor- optional but a good idea, just incase you have to change disguises

Deodorant- again optional unless you want friends

Medicine- most you can keep all in one bottle

Toothpaste- you can eat it if you're really hungry

Toothbrush with cover- you don't wan those nasty truck stop germs.

Nail Clipper- just handy

Knife- Always

Floss- for teeth and for escaping from mexican holding cells


Step 3: Most Important!

A zip-closure bag
it keeps stuff dry and from becoming MIA
I like the heavy duty ones and the security guys at the airport like it too.

Step 4: So You're Probably Thinking Duh!

ok, maybe I'm a little slow but I've forgotten my one or more of these things many times I've traveled. infact there is one thing that I left out of this instructable that is very valuable. I'm traveling right now and I do not have this item... any guesses?
Shampoo.
You can use shaving cream or hand soap though no problem.

Step 5: Zoris

Slippas
Thongs
Flip Flops
Sandals
or
Zoris
They are amazing!
I like to keep my feet out of other people's nasty-ness in public showers. And they are great dress shoes for weddings, black tie affairs, beach bummin' and extreme motorcycle riding.
(not really, that's how you grind off your toes being stupid. Always wear boots when riding motorcycles... not saying I do... but really you shouldn't)

Step 6: The End

almost all these items have multiple uses, don't be afraid to experiment.
Think of all the great travel stories you'll be able to tell your grandchildren!

Need a haircut? try using a pocket knife!
need a shoelace? try floss.
need shaving cream? try shampoo.
Any other creative uses or other suggestions?
Am I missing anything? Post your suggestion below.
<p>Buy a teensy tube of Shave Secret at Walmart for around $6. I am now 3 months of shaving into the first tiny bottle and am only about half done.</p>
DAMN!!!! Is THAT how I lost my toes!!!! I knew the ER guys were leaving SOMETHING out!!!! <br> <br>Two Words: Baby Wipes. For almost ALL of the uses here except maybe the Zoris--unless you were very clever and just kept them under your feet and shuffled around., <br> <br>TSA grabbed my large toothpaste that was put in the wrong bag on accident--when I got home I discovered that TSA had SEARCHED my bags--they leave you little notes how charming--and they had given me a NEW tube of a DIFFERENT BRAND OF TOOTHPASTE. Seriously? IS this a game--they confiscate MY stuff and put it in YOUR bag???? Are they THAT bored? <br> <br>Worth your life to wear an insulin pump or a faux leg thru TSA also--don't ask I DO know this---one would think that after all these YEARS there would be a &quot;Reminder Sheet&quot; with some handy pics--Bomb or No Bomb? Insulin Pump or Bomb?
DAMN!!!! Is THAT how I lost my toes!!!! I knew the ER guys were leaving SOMETHING out!!!! <br> <br>Two Words: Baby Wipes. For almost ALL of the uses here except maybe the Zoris--unless you were very clever and just kept them under your feet and shuffled around., <br> <br>TSA grabbed my large toothpaste that was put in the wrong bag on accident--when I got home I discovered that TSA had SEARCHED my bags--they leave you little notes how charming--and they had given me a NEW tube of a DIFFERENT BRAND OF TOOTHPASTE. Seriously? IS this a game--they confiscate MY stuff and put it in YOUR bag???? Are they THAT bored? <br> <br>Worth your life to wear an insulin pump or a faux leg thru TSA also--don't ask I DO know this---one would think that after all these YEARS there would be a &quot;Reminder Sheet&quot; with some handy pics--Bomb or No Bomb? Insulin Pump or Bomb?
If you are from the UK make sure the knife blade is less than 3 inches and another thing my policeman brother-in-law says make sure it is a multi knife: 1) for obvious personal uses and 2) it is not purely observed as a weapon (or something like that).
Is a Utilikey allowed? Because that is my knife of choice.
Just to follow on from this...<br/>...For legal everyday carry (EDC) in the UK the blade must also be <em>non-locking</em>.<br/><br/>Thanks to a truly idiotic piece of case law, locking blades are seen as fixed blades and so you must have &quot;good reason&quot; to be carrying them. For the most part you don't have good reason, so your EDC knife must be less than 3 inches long and must not have any kind of locking mechanism. (Springbacks, slipjoints and friction folders are fine, any kind of lock including the Vibroloc on Opinel knives are not.) It does not matter whether you engage the lock or not, if there is a lock on the knife it is a locking knife.<br/><br/>The law as written (and as intended) does allow locking blades, but case law has made them illegal to carry without a good reason.<br/><br/>In Ireland and France carrying any bladed article is illegal, and though that doesn't stop thousands (possibly millions) of people carrying knives there without trouble, they do so at their own risk.<br/><br/>Always check the laws of all countries you intend to visit on your travels before you pack knives.<br/><br/>Be aware that many multi-tools have locking blades and/or blades over 3 inches so are <em>not</em> legal EDC in the UK.<br/><br/>The law on this is kinda complex, but if you stick to safe knives like the Spyderco UKPK (specifically designed to be UK legal EDC), most Swiss Army Knives, non locking versions of the British Army Knife (that's my personal EDC) and similar you'll be fine as long as you're sensible.<br/><br/>Happy travels. :o)<br/>
I have an idea for an Instructable: a pocketknife that can't lock on its own, but will hold fast (enough for most uses) with the insertion into a slot in the handle of any standard door key.
that is a great idea. i'm thinking, maybe, a shortish cylindrical bar of aluminum (aluminium, for the non americans!)... though that would make a weak spot in the blade. hmmm... well, anyhow, it both locks the blade and acts as a cross guard! i can work out the details later. aluminum bar, by itself, may act as kubotan! hm... maybe the bar is hollow (weakness issues, again, but, assumedly, we're not cutting down forests with this), like a thin pill case... looks more legit... *scribble scribble*
There have been some similar ideas floated around in the past and I believe a few knives have been made as such. There are potential issues with such a setup though. 1> It's a legal grey area, there's some debate as to whether something like that would be considered a locking knife or not. Of course, it would take a pretty keen police officer to pick up on it so it might go unnoticed unless you're seen using it or point it out. 2> You then have the issue of using a knife with a key sticking out of it - personally I wouldn't be too hot on that idea. Nice post though, you're thinking along similar lines to some knifemakers over here. The general attitude is generally quite British though, we grumble about the stupidity of the law (which again is case law, not written law) and either take the risk of carrying a locker or sticking with friction folders and springbacks.
Jeez, I thought Massachusetts & Nova Scotia were bad for silly, incongruous knife law enforcement! So, in the UK you can carry a multi-tool for opening product packages, etc., but only if you're willing to accidentally cut your fingers off?
Hi again.<br /> I've only just seen your comment so thought I'd reply.<br /> <br /> Firstly, yes, knife law in this country is a complete and utter joke. There were moves to make it even worse, but thankfully they didn't go anywhere.<br /> <br /> One move was to make the purchase (and possibly carry) of sub 3&quot; non-locking folders illegal to under 18s. When someone pointed out that such a law would criminalise boy scouts it lost a lot of momentum, eventually going nowhere. There's still nothing to prevent under 18s from buying knives like that - there's no age limit on it, whether in case law or the statute, but I can't remember seeing a shop in the past, I dunno, 10 or 15 years that hasn't had a policy of only selling knives to over 18s.<br /> <br /> So yes, over here you can carry a knife (it doesn't have to be a multitool) as long as it is within those parameters. Sub 3&quot;, non-locking folder. That does have some safety implications, though they are easilly negated by making sure you use the knife properly. The only time I ever had a problem with a knife closing on me was when I wasn't paying attention and pushed with the blade. Only a small scratch and a few drops of blood spilled, but I learned my lesson.<br /> <br /> Of course, none of that makes the law any less stupid... but there you have it.<br /> <br /> It's a stupid law, but for the vast majority of reasons you might need to carry a knife, you don't really need a locking blade. That doesn't make the safety feature any less desirable - but not having it doesn't make me break out in a sweat in fear for my fingers every time the knife comes out of my pocket.<br /> <br /> :D<br />
This is very similar to my travel pack, though instead of a knife I carried a small multi tool... which was quickly taken away from me by airport security. I'm just curious if this has been a problem for you?
After September 11 2001 I havn't even tried to carry a knife onboard a commercial plane. Now with the travel restrictions concerning carry on liquids I usually try to bring only what i need. if I check luggage i usually put all my toiletries/ sharp objects in the checked luggage.
The TSA can be pretty haphazard: my mother accidentally took her Swiss Army knife on board in her purse (it went through the x-ray machine), while my father on the same trip had his fingernail clippers confiscated. On the way back, they were taken aside &amp; searched due to unusual interest in my father's right boot by a drug/explosives (?) dog, that is until the handler found dog mess on it &amp; let them go (probably the dog's own, since how else do you step in dog s*** on the tarmac?)<br/>
a cheap conditioner is an amazing shaving cream...it only takes a tiny bit and makes your skin soooo soft! I use it for shaving legs and under arms and bikini area and my husband uses it on his face....just make sure you rinse it really well so it doesn't leave any behind and break your face out =)<br/>
Shaving cream also works to get stains out of hotel room carpets...no there's no story behind that, well, maybe but I'm not telling. Mouth wash, esp. original Listerine, has a thousand uses when traveling. Including washing out those annoying bullet holes, repelling mosquitoes, cleaning your fingerprints off the light switches and door handles, oh yeah it's really handy stuff. They say you an even gargle with the stuff to avoid bad breath and kill germs. If you go to the dollar store type of place you can usually find travel size toiletries which I keep packed by my door at all times. You can also find small spritzer bottles to fill with Listerine. I'd also recommend taking a waterproof match container, like you'd find at an army surplus store, and filling it with matches, tooth picks, and Q-Tips. (optional short pen). Many of these come with a lanyard to hang around your neck, so they trasport easy and the lanyard can become a shoe lace in a pinch. I like to bring medical tape, or electrical tape with me. Then I secure extra napkins from a fast food joint for impromptu injuries. The napkins also work for blowing noses, or toilet paper if you have to stake out, er...I'm mean, car camp for a night. And then help start a fire. If you forget tooth past you can appropriate salt packets from fast food joints and brush with that.
Those are all great! I'm diggin out that unused match holder and putting it in my stuff... You only left out one thing. For survival situations if you have a wax covered paper cup, some water and ketchup packets you can make your own Tomato soup over an open fire. I learned that from this homeless woman I know who swears that she's Amelia Earhart.
Sorry -When <em>I said If you are from the UK</em> I meant <em>If you are travelling in the UK</em><br/>
Where do you get the heavy duty ziplock bags?
I think that they are available at most grocery stores in the USA. Freezer bags will also work because they are usually made of thicker material than the sandwich bags.
Yup. I ALWAYS have peanut butter even when I forget that there is usually hotel soap in the tray. WTF?
Try hair conditioner for shaving. It softens your beard and lubricates your face really well. If you are in a hotel they probably have the little packs in the bathroom or check the sample/travel size aisle in the drugstore.
this will sound gross but if caught without shaving foam, use spit ! its helps the blade glide and someone told me that the enzymes help break down the hair - the enzyme bit is bull but saliva still works a treat. (i later beat this person with a biology text book whilst reciting the bit on salivary amylase breaking down carbohydrates not proteins)
Use shaving cream for shampoo?? Cut your hair with a pocketknife?? It makes me sad how you men abuse your hair!
he never suggested using shaving cream for shampoo. although either way you look at it it doesn't matter. shaving cream is just fluffier shampoo, there's no big difference.
Yes he did! "ok, maybe I'm a little slow but I've forgotten my one or more of these things many times I've traveled. infact there is one thing that I left out of this instructable that is very valuable. I'm traveling right now and I do not have this item... any guesses? Shampoo. You can use shaving cream or hand soap though no problem."
when one has not showered for weeks one is less likely to care about hair abuse.
Oh, nail clippers. It is far more handy if you have wire cutters. They trim nails a lot better than those obnoxious spin-the-handle-and-squeeze style ones like you've pictured, and can trim even more things.
You're absolutely right. back when I used to tour music festivals that's all I'd bring to clip mando strings and fingernails
I really hope he uses the <em>smooth</em> peanut butter.<br/>

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