Along with hairbands and binder clips, Ziplock bags are my number one supply for Macgyver moments.
They weigh nothing and I’m never sorry I packed them. I carry both gallon and quart-sized ones on any trip, and I recently added little dime-bag sized ones for keeping my various SIM cards organized. Here are just a few of the things I do with my trusty Ziplocks:
1. Keeping passport, phone and money dry on a boat trip or in the pouring rain. I wouldn’t recommend snorkeling with this in your pocket, but some people do it.
2. Organizing all the little shit that I need to keep track of, like chargers and adapters and and pens.
3. Carrying a bar of soap. It takes a while to go through one bar, but I really hate those ENORMOUS travel soap dishes; a sandwich bag works just as well.
4. Storing leftovers. I have been in so many tupperware-less Air Bnbs! It’s also easy to take some bread and cheese from a free hotel breakfast, stick it in a ziplock, and call it lunch. (I once saw a woman at a fancy hotel buffet get TOTALLY BUSTED — not for making sandwiches, but because she tried to smuggle them out in a cloth napkin.)
5. Getting toiletries through airport security. (Obvs.)
6. Transporting food. I recently had to move from one apartment to another with a bunch of groceries, including a half empty bottle of olive oil. Thanks to the zippie, I arrived without all the other stuff coated in oil.
7.Transporting wet or dirty clothes. (gallon size only)
8. Carrying snacks. Buy some nuts or crackers, peel some carrots, or boil a few eggs. Throw it all in a zippie. Enjoy wherever, secure in the knowledge that you just saved a few bucks.
9. Improv rubber gloves when blood or other bodily fluids are involved.
10. Being a good citizen a la David Sedaris and picking up trash. Dump it out, wash and reuse the bag (gross? maybe.)