The Jakarta Post
It is generally recommended to bring a small health kit during travel, but things can get a bit tricky when it is your gear that experiences a problem. (Shutterstock/File)
Travelers may plan thoroughly and prepare for trips ahead of time, but there is always a chance that an emergency may arise unexpectedly.
It is generally recommended to bring a small health kit during travel, which could include small but key items, such as an oral rehydration solution, known locally as oralit for cases of diarrhea. Things can get a bit tricky, however, when it is your gear that experiences a problem.
Forgotten phone charger
Your realize your phone battery is running low, only to find that you've forgotten to bring your charger. If you are staying in a hotel, try asking the receptionist, concierge or housekeeping if there is a charger you could borrow.
It is not unusual that past hotel guests accidentally left their chargers behind. In some cases, housekeeping will store the chargers left behind. Some hotels will not allow you to take the charger away, but you can charge your phone at the concierge table.
One way to fix a stuck zipper is to dab soap in the problem area. If it is still doesn't close, try checking whether any part of the zipper is bent and subsequently straighten it out.
The worst case scenario would mean you might need to sew shut your bag. Some hotels provide small sewing kits. This is a last resort, however, and can only be implemented at the end of the trip, when there is no more need to open and shut the bag.
Hole in the bag
Sometimes an old backpack finally gives into the weight, leading to a hole being torn. If you think sewing the hole closed with regular thread is sufficient, think again. The load in the bag, especially in cases of large luggage, will only rip apart the sewn section.
According to Kompas.com, you could instead use sturdy dental floss in place of regular thread. For extra security, you could also layer duct tape on top of the sewn part.
You only brought one pair of shoes, which get wet in the rain. One trick to help them dry quickly is to fill the insides of the shoes with newspaper. Alternatively, you could use the hotel hair drier to dry the shoes. (liz/asw)
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