Safety Pins are essential gear of travel, here is a list of ways to use by travelers.
List of uses of safety pins for travel:
Pin a poncho to a sheet to make a super insulated blanket.
Clothespin when you do not have enough clothespins
Keep the sheets on the bed, works like a fitted sheet.
SHEETS AND PILLOW CASE HELPER - Hold the fitted sheets on the bed or not fitted sheets on the bed so you do not wake up in the morning sleeping on something you do not like. Note: If you wish to test the quality of a bed and room, look under the sheet or take the pillowcase off to view what you will really be sleeping with or on in your room. - Hold the pillowcase on the pillow
DO NOT DISTURB SIGN ON DOOR or MESSAGE BOARD Use the safety pin as as tacks to hold messages on door or walls. - Tell the maid to not enter or to enter and clean the room. - Tell your new friends you are leaving, left, give them your email, say you went to the beach. - Post notes for your friends that coming on bulletin boards. - Post wanted rooms to rent, wanted to crew on boats. Safety pins are easier to buy than thumbtacks.
CURTAINS Hold curtains open or closed. The sun is blaring in your room, you have one small crack of sun light, take the pins and use as a thumbtack on the sides and push into the wall. - Hold the center of curtain closed. - Hold the curtains open or up in the air to allow the curtains to be open. - Sometimes the wind blow the curtains open all the time, you can stop this with a safety pin.
THUMBTACKS - Tack the curtains to the walls so there is no cracks. - Cover little holes used by management or neighbors to look in your room. - Hang up signs.
REPAIR Keep a backpack closed when a zipper or snap breaks. - Temporarily repair you backpack when the zipper breaks.
SEWING Sewing, a safety pin can work as a needle and thread, however do not depend on only one, use at least two to three.
TOWEL HANGER - Hard to believe, however many rooms on the planet do not have hooks or a way to hang your towel or wash cloth, you need to be innovative. Hang towel up on wall to dry or on curtains in the room. - Wash Rag hang to dry. - You are leaving later today, you have a wet towel. Pin your towel to the side or top of your backpack to allow it to dry while it sits in storage or some not so safe place. When the management moves your bag, the towel or wash rag will make the trip also.
DRYING CLOTHES Use as clothespin when you do not have them. - Hang clothes in trees - Hang clothes on curtains - Hang clothes on wall with the large safety pin thumbtack.
WIRE MANAGEMENT Keep your computer cord, telephone or other out of harms way. I do not want to trip over my computer cord, pull it off a table. I will use a safety pin and clip the wires to a curtain or the sheet of the bed to keep the wire safe from me causing myself problems.
SECURITY AND LABELS IN AIRPORT You can make a label and put on your bag, hide a label inside the bag or pin a scarf on the black back you have that looks like every other bag on the carousel. Note sometimes I tie something on and as a way to slow the robbers down I also pin it below.
MOSQUITO NET HOLES A mosquito net often has a hole, or a crack that allow the mosquitoes to enter, if you have a safe pin you can repair the hole. - You can use as a hook or tack the one corner of a 4 corner type mosquito net to the walls.
CLOTHING ADJUSTMENTS - Keep you pant legs closed, therefore mosquitoes cannot fly inside. - Roll up your pants and pin permanently rolled therefore when walking barefoot for hour the pants to not come unrolled.
PIN BAGS ONTO YOUR BACKPACK ORGANIZER I have a device called a backpack organizer, I make them for myself with the help of some of the worlds cheapest labor. I have small bags that attach and can be moved that hold miscellaneous items.
REMOVAL OF THORNS - Safer and easier to carry than needles. - A need is hard to find, a safety pin can remove that sliver.
PROTECT FOOD IN GUEST KITCHEN FRIDGE - Take your plastic bag and keep it closed so your neighbors do not permanently borrow your food. - Put a label on your bag when you do not have a black magic marker or for some reason the bag is only black. People grab what they can see, remove the temptation, slow down them persons that think anything in the fridge is fair game.
TOUR GROUP LABEL Many a tour group has their people labeled. Many a tour group is disorganized. In China we may all look the same, you need to be color coded and labeled correctly be assisted to get on the right bus by a person that does not speak your language.
Note: 15 sounds better than 16... hehehe
Storage: Connect on the inside of the lid or on a piece of lose cloth on or in your backpack. They will come un clipped. I am presently looking for a source to buy industrial strength, extra strong safety pins.
Safety Pins Defined: A safety pin is a simple fastening device, a variation of the regular pin which includes a simple spring mechanism and a clasp. The clasp serves two purposes: to form a closed loop thereby properly fastening the pin to whatever it is applied to, and to cover the end of the pin to protect the user from the sharp point.
Safety pins are commonly used to fasten pieces of fabric or clothing together. They are widely used to fasten cloth diapers (nappies), as the safety clasp prevents the baby from being jabbed. Similarly, they can be used to patch torn or damaged clothing. Safety pins can also be used as an accessory or jewelry, such as earrings, chains, and wristbands. Sometimes they are used to attach a embroidered patch.