Carabiners are one of those things that are so simple and yet so versatile.
Originally designed for rock climbers, these strong metal loops have become popular among all sorts of travelers.
Some carabiners have spring-loaded gates while others are screw-locking. They're used to quickly and securely attach two or more objects and can be clipped onto almost anything when it comes to travel gear.
If you're new to carabiners, here are eight ways they can make your trip easier:
1) Keep your keys safe and easy to find
Clipping your keys to a carabiner means you'll never have to dig around in your bag for them again. You can also use multiple carabiners to color-code your keys (one for the house, one for the office, etc.) or attach them to other things like your belt loop or backpack strap.
2) Keep your cords and chargers organized
Tangled cords are the worst. But wrapping them around a carabiner keeps them neat in your bag when you're on the go and tidy at the desk when you're in between locations. You can also use carabiners to clip multiple chargers or cords together so they're all in one place.
3) Hang up your purses, bags, and jackets
When you're not using them, clip travel blankets, backpacks, and other items to a hook or hanger using a carabiner. This keeps them off the floor and out of the way so they don't get stepped on or dirtied. Plus, it frees up space in your suitcase or carry-on when you're settling in at your destination.
4) Create an impromptu clothesline
If you need to wash some clothes but there's no laundry facility around, you can use carabiners to create an impromptu clothesline. Just string a length of cord or twine between two trees or other objects and clip your clothes to it using the carabiners.
5) Keep your food and drinks safe
Carabiners are great for attaching water bottles and other drinks to your backpack or bag so they don't tip over. And if you're packing food like fruits or snacks, clipping them together with a carabiner will keep them from rolling around and getting lost in your bag.
6) Clip a flashlight to your bag
If you're going on a hike or camping trip, clipping a flashlight to your bag with a carabiner will make it easy to find in the dark. You can also use carabiners to clip other small items like your headlamp or whistle, so you don't have to rummage through your bag when you need them.
7) Use as a makeshift key ring
If you're ever in a situation where you need a key ring and don't have one, a carabiner can get the job done. Simply attach your keys to the carabiner clip and you're good to go.
8) Secure your valuables
When you're at the beach or pool, use carabiners to clip your towels, clothes, and other belongings to a chair or umbrella so they don't blow away or get lost. You can also use carabiner clips to secure your valuables in a locker when you're not using them.
The Bottom Line
Whether you're using carabiners to keep your keys safe or to secure your valuables, these handy little clips can make your trip a whole lot easier.
So if you're not already using them, be sure to pick up a few before your next trip and see how they can make your travels a breeze.