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Most Useless Thing to carry

Posted by tsargood on 6/9/2006 at 18:22

I’m looking for a list of items you hated while travelling.
What was the Most Useless Thing you ever carried around?
(Lets call it the M.U.T.).
My MUT was a decent heavy pair of hiking boots that never made it to my feet but were too valuable to throw away….
and, not to forget to mention a rock I found in a cave in Libya that I thought was a pre-history stone axe head that I carried for 9 months back to Australia before finding out it was just a plain old rock! I now have it as a paperweight as a silly reminder.

What was yours?

Or, if you never had one, what on the other hand do you consider to be a "must have" item to carry?

#1 tsargood has been a member since 10/4/2006. Posts: 87

Posted by steviej on 6/9/2006 at 18:37

My MUT is the PacSafe™. I only seem to ever use it when my rucksack has to go in the cargo hold. The last trip I went on it never made an appearance.

Most Useful (MU) is without doubt a Passport................. ;)~

#2 steviej has been a member since 18/3/2006. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 270

Posted by marianwarren on 6/9/2006 at 19:13

Hi guys

Most useless thing - definitely the swimming pouch-thing (as if you want to take your cash and passport for a dip). Many more secure options available.



#3 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270

Posted by Enrico_Gatti on 6/9/2006 at 21:03

Hmm, looks like this could be a useful thread, hiking boots and pacsafe crossed off list :-p

#4 Enrico_Gatti has been a member since 4/5/2006. Posts: 17

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/9/2006 at 07:54 admin

MUT -- a chunk of lava from Lanzarote in the canary islands
MU -- a ball of string and a stapler!

#5 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,090

Posted by Laura_B on 7/9/2006 at 18:21

A guide book to Singapore when I went on a 3 month trip to SE Asia, we decided to skip Singapore. Couldn't give the book away as it was my mum's. Other then that, people couldn't believe how light I started to travel. Generally your weight limit on a plane is 20kg, I think? I started with around 7kg, came back with 15kg, which I still think is fairly light.

#6 Laura_B has been a member since 30/6/2006. Posts: 54

Posted by princessdisaster on 19/12/2006 at 06:56

Last time I went to SEAsia I put all my MUT's in the post to my mother

In my defence I was leaving England in the middle of winter heading back to Oz stopping off in SEAsia for a couple of months

Sleeping bag (what was I thinking?!?)
runners, jersey socks & jeans - I wore these to Heathrow Airport
My Backpack - yes this is a necessary thing but It really didn't need to be so big 50ltr + 15ltr daypack - I never filled it, it was half empty the entire trip.

#7 princessdisaster has been a member since 30/11/2006. Posts: 36

Posted by travelsalone on 15/2/2007 at 12:59

MUT-swim goggles that leaked!
MU-duct tape, and a flat rubber sink stopper (if you have contacts to clean)

#8 travelsalone has been a member since 19/3/2006. Location: Thailand. Posts: 41

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