OUR SEVEN CENTS WORTH
What do you reckon is the most-loved travel product? Fourwheeled luggage? Noise-cancelling headphones? An iPad? All would be high on the list, but these high-priced items pale into insignificance compared with the most humble of inventions that costs mere cents to buy – the ubiquitous Ziploc bag, aka sandwich bags, resealable bags, zip bags or resealable sandwich zip bags if you want to cover all bases.
Of all the travel tips readers submit to Escape, Ziploc bags seem to be the gift that keeps on giving. From keeping your liquids from leaking all over your belongings to making the most of your packing space, there appears to be no end of creative ways to use these see-through pouches of ingenuity.
One reader appreciates the bags for visibility: “When I travelled to Africa I took a variety of clear Ziploc bags to store dirty shoes, wet clothes, toiletries and pills such as vitamins, headache, malaria etc. I take the pills out of their box/bottle and slip the strips into the bags so you can still see what each item is.”
Another uses them for clothes: socks in one, singlets in another, shorts and tees in large ones, and so on. He then compresses the air out as you zip and a vacuum effect results in spacesaving packing. Then there’s a clever idea for the germ-hating traveller: Always put the hotel TV remote and airconditioner remote each in a separate Ziploc bag to prevent the spreading of germs. This enables use of the remote but without touching any nasty germs.
Please keep the packing tips coming.