readers share the unusual items they take on vacation

One in 30 Britons bring a CD player on holiday, while more than a quarter still bring a camera, according to a survey. But British luggage options go far beyond outdated gadgets. We talked to seven people about the most unusual items they pack for the holidays.

‘We always bring a teapot with a cozy tea’

We always carry a tin teapot with a teapot to keep the lid from shaking, as well as a packet of tea bags. It’s a habit we picked up after our first InterRail adventure 10 years ago, when after 14 days, and on the back of a stressful and late night train, we stumbled across a cafe in Salzburg that offered “Englischer Tee” and suddenly everything was fine. well again.

On our second trip, we took tea bags and powdered milk (always good to take an unlabeled white powder bag through customs!) and it grew from there. Whether you’re in a Premier Inn in Croydon or a beautiful apartment in Verona, there’s nothing better than a nice cup of tea, a taste of home, a fresh start after a long journey, a refresher after a long day at a new city. Edward, 29, railway engineer, derbyshire

‘I bring a mini electric pancake’

I bring an 80’s film camera with a black and white film stock, a CD player and Patti Smith CD set, a mini DVD player with case, a mini coffee maker and a mini electric pancake.

I love taking pictures and developing them using the Caffenol method. I like Patti Smith a little bit and I like to have my CD box with me. I use the DVD player to watch Scandi noir late at night. The mini electric pancake heats breads, muffins, store-bought pancakes, scones and basically anything small enough to fit inside.

A CD player can be used while traveling and does not need to be connected to the internet. Add a small speaker and you have a mini ghetto blaster. It runs on batteries so you can use it anywhere. Lynn, 62, English teacher, Washington, Tyne and Wear

‘My fellow travelers used to laugh at me’

My friends and I went on vacation to Lanzarote, Sicily and rented in England. A small box grater always comes with me. And a sharp chef’s knife, a pepper mill, and a nonstick skillet. Rental properties or villas never have decent kitchen equipment, so I like to travel prepared. My fellow travelers used to laugh at me, but they see the method in my madness when all the knives in the village drawer are blunt.

I don’t like to lie in the sun – I prefer to put on music (with “the little magic speaker”, in the photo) and prepare lunch or dinner for all of us. I love making eggs in purgatory, shakshuka, pasta and pizza, or a smörgåsbord at lunchtime. The box grater, chef’s knife, pepper mill and non-stick pan saved the day on many trips to large villages with a lousy kitchen kit. Patrick, 57, occupational psychologist, London

‘I strongly recommend taking a shower’

We took a decent shower. Often hotels and villas have these tiny showers that just don’t have a good flow of water, even high end hotels. I know we are picky but it transforms the stay when you can take a shower in the morning. I strongly recommend this, there is always room in the bag.

We often go to Mediterranean countries and around the UK. We had dozens of bad showers until 2019, when we found the solution. It is a rain-rain type head with different configurations. The water pressure where we stayed is generally good so it’s the shower that lets hotels down. We stayed in an old five star in Rhodes that had an aged shower. Instead of moaning, we shifted and pure luxury was the result. Alan, organic food retailer, London

‘We used to carry a gramophone, but it was a little too heavy’

We usually take a portable turntable when camping with a single vinyl case. We used to carry a gramophone, but it was a little heavy and too noisy. The photo above was taken on Shell Island, Llanbedr – but we also visited Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk and Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire.

We have a very diverse taste in music, but when we go camping we love the nostalgia of last summer’s soundtracks. We pack a box of “village hall disco” records – which can range from pre-Beatles bubblegum pop and weird psychedelic, to glam, groundbreaking records (especially the late Bernard Cribbins) and early ’80s synths (The Human League, Soft Cellular). , Depeche Mode). Simon, 55, Scarborough

‘If I’m not driving, I’ll knit’

I take Fair Isle knitting with me on vacation. In the UK I can usually take a large project like a cardigan as there is room for the many different colors of wool and the clothing that gradually grows. If flying as carry-on only, I will make a small wool bag with a project like a pair of socks or a hat.

Needles are important – five double pointed needles or a circular needle in different sizes for most projects. If I’m not driving, I sit and knit to pass the time. Becki, 55, Dyslexia Specialist, Chester

‘I get a router and a potato peeler’

We usually stay in apartments and Airbnbs as there are four of us (my wife and I and two teenagers) and we like to cook. I usually bring a router and a wireless access point. And a potato peeler. The peeler because the self-service ones are often not very good. And the router to bypass any wifi issues. It’s true that I usually can’t improve the underlying speed of the connection – although you’d be surprised how often they’re misconfigured – but at least that way everyone in the family can access it. Sameer, 48, London

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