By Erika Owen
April 18, 2016
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Credit: Courtesy of Iconspeak

For some of ambitious travelers, learning key phrases in the common language of your destination is No. 1 on the vacation to-do list. But thanks to a new and incredibly simple T-shirt, you can spend that time preparing for your trip some other way (perfecting your carry-on essential list, maybe?).

The Iconspeak T-shirt design is surprisingly straight-forward: it's a series of 40 "universal" icons laid out in a grid. By pointing to one or more of the pictures, you can create a very basic message without having to speak a lick of the language. You'll just have to find someone willing to play T-shirt charades with you. A taste of the icons you have to work with: an airplane, tools, an open book, camera, clock, bus, boat, a person seated on a toilet. Basically anything you need to portray day-to-day necessities.

Sound like your kind of shirt? You can get your own on the Iconspeak World website. And if another T-shirt isn't your idea of a sound investment, they've got totes, tank tops, and long-sleeve shirts, as well.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.