1. Pack a Ziploc bag for any and all purposes.
2. Bring a nightlight so you don’t stub your toe in dark, unfamiliar hotel rooms.
3. Pack old clothes so you can throw them away on vacation and fill the newly empty space in your suitcase with souvenirs. (although this is not particularly environmentally friendly)
4. Keep a scanned electronic copy of your passport and other important documents on an e-reader, laptop, or smartphone. (I use Dropbox and find this to be a very good tool for this).
5. Print and bring along a chart to remind you of foreign exchange rate.
6. Split your family’s clothing evenly between multiple suitcases—if one bag gets lost, someone isn’t left completely without clothes.
7. Bring an empty water bottle through airport security and refill at a water fountain.
8. A steamy shower works just as well as ironing.
9. Don’t forget to bring along a roll of quarters for tolls and parking meters (if going to the US and driving).
10. Always take a picture of your rental car before you leave the car park to record any pre-existing damage (If you are hiring a car).