As part of our special Holiday Travel Tips series, here’s tip #8:

As a mom, I’m usually well stocked up on baby powder.

But, until recently, I hadn’t the faintest idea of how this basic talc could be used beyond the obvious.

Here are five reasons (some undeniably odd!) to carry a small container of baby powder with you on your travels…

  1. As a dry shampoo. Whether you’re camping in the wild (far-removed from hot showers) or just in a hurry, baby powder is all your hair needs. Just rub a handful into your hair and leave to settle for a few minutes. Then run a comb through thoroughly. Result: a fresh-smelling and great-looking head of hair. (This method is also recommended for grooming your dog.)
  2. To absorb grease. If you get a grease splatter or oil spill on your clothes, try dabbing at the stain with some baby powder. The trick is to rub it in well, then brush off the excess powder. Repeat until the stain disappears.
  3. To clean your playing cards. If you travel with your deck, then this one may come in handy. To stop your cards sticking together, place the cards in a plastic bag with a bit of powder. Seal the bag and give it a few good shakes. Feel how fresh and smooth your cards are as you remove them.
  4. To untie a knot. You know how necklaces can get knotted in your luggage? Or maybe your shoelaces tend to do the same… If you’re having trouble undoing a knot of any kind, just sprinkle on some baby powder to help loosen it. You should then be able to unravel it easily.
  5. Freshen your shoes. After a day on your feet, sprinkle some powder into your shoes at night. They’ll smell fresh the next day, and your feet won’t stick inside them.

 A little quirky, but this magic powder might just get you out of a pickle some day…

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