New (Travel) Uses for Old Things
Address Labels as Travel ID Tags
Tag your precious travel items, such as your iPod and digital camera with return address labels. If you accidentally leave a device on the airplane, a Good Samaritan will know where to mail it. Consider them homing devices for your airborne companions.
Book Cover as a Tourist Disguise
A travel guide screams "I’m lost!" but cloaking it in pretty paper or the jacket of a book in the native language will let you blend in with the locals. You'll be more likely to be asked for directions than taken for a ride.
Plastic Wrap as Spill Preventor
Stop leaky toiletries from putting a damper on your next vacation by covering each bottle and tube with a layer of wrap.
Water Bottle as Souvenir Storage
To prevent souvenir maps, ticket stubs, postcards, and museum brochures from bending or tearing in your suitcase, just roll them up and drop them into a dry, wide-mouthed bottle. Your mementos will stay well-preserved.
Coasters as Gift Tags
For clever gift tags that capture a travel memory, hang on to cardboard coasters from the bars and the restaurants you visit on your journey. When you return home with souvenirs for friends and family, punch a hole near the edge of the coaster, tie a ribbon through the hole, and write a quick note in an empty space (or on the blank side).
Matchbook as Hotel Locator
Carry a matchbook from your hotel when you're visiting an unfamiliar city to direct a taxi driver when the address escapse your memory.
Checkbook Case as Travel Wallet
Separate foreign currency from American bills in your handbag or wallet so you don't mix up your paper trail.
Shower Cap as Shoe Bag
Prevent dirt or sand-covered shoes from mingling (and soiling) neatly packed clothes in your suitcase.
Kids' Floaties as Wine Bottle Protectors
Buffer breakables in a suitcase by placing delicate items, such as wine bottles and precious trinkets, inside an inflated arm floaty, and it will shield against bumps, bruises, and breaks.