My clients frequently ask me for advice about what they should pack when traveling on a cruise or to an all-inclusive resort. One of the little-known gems I like to suggest is clothespins! Clothespins are inexpensive, take up very littler space in your luggage, and can be super handy on all different types of vacations. And if you happen to leave them behind, it's no big deal. You may not realize just how handy clothespins are until you're on holiday.
What Kind of Clothespins Should You Take on Vacation?
You can choose from a variety of colours and designs, or keep it simple. Select plastic or wood. However I recommend using the traditional, wooden clothespins that are commonly used on suburban clotheslines. Plastic clothespins are cute, but tend to become brittle in the sun over time.
Here are three ways you can use clothespins on your next family vacation.
1. When you're setting yourself up by the pool, on a cruise ship deck chair, or beach lounge chair, clip your towel to the top of the beach chair. This will help keep it wrinkle free beneath you, and help prevent it from blowing away. It may also signal to other travelers that your chair is taken if you have to step away to the bathroom or the bar.
2. Upon returning to your hotel room or cruise ship stateroom, use clothespins to hang wet items of clothing to dry. Many hotel room showers will have a retractable clothesline you can put in place, and what better way to dry clothing on a clothesline than with clothespins? On a recent trip to Jamaica, we found that the local humidity made our room always feel a little bit damp. Having clothespins along was very handy to help dry damp clothing when the hook on the back of the bathroom door just wouldn't cut it.
3. My favorite way to use clothespins on vacation is on a cruise ship. We always book a stateroom that features a balcony, and while in port, it's easy to set wet bathing suits or other items of clothing out on the balcony chair to dry. However, it's also easy to forget that you've left that perfect bikini top out there once the ship leaves port. Conditions at sea are windy, and items can go missing from the balcony if they're left outside. As an extra "insurance policy" against losing items at sea, use clothespins to clip damp or wet items to your cruise ship's balcony furniture to dry.
What little-known items do you like to take with you on vacation? Let us know in the comments section, below!