So y’all know I’m traveling, and Becky is off globe-trotting, too. We had a conversation the other night about all the weird-o things she was bringing, or thinking of bringing, to Germany. (Items discussed: an enormous jar of cranberry relish, a cake pan, a baggie of baking soda, sex toys.) But she’s going for quite some time, whereas my jaunt is a mere weekend. I am not bringing any baking supplies, but there will be a sex toy in my bag. I may use it, or not, but a little Pocket Rocket lives in my toiletries bag, just in case.
TMI? Sorry. But it’s one of those things that’s always in my luggage, even though I am an insanely light packer. Light, like 4-6 days of clothes, computer and tech gear, sundries, papers/work/reading material, and snacks all fit in a backpack (like this one). Unless it’s Xmas, and I’m lugging gifts, I don’t check bags.
So I cull. Other than adequate knickers, and a fresh tank or tee to wear next to my skin each day, every item of clothing has be able to be worn at least twice. Lightweight pieces, rather than bulky items. No more than two pairs of shoes (wear one, pack one). No razor, nail clippers, hair dryer. Shampoo bar, which is soap and shampoo and emergency laundry soap, and about the size of a match box. Vinegar (w/ a little essential oil in it), which is detangler and toner and deodorant. Et cetera. It’s like a game. I always loved Tetris.
But other people don’t mind waiting at the luggage carousel, or have to have certain products, or have special shoes for every outfit. Or (Becky, I’m looking at you) bring stacks of books to read. And they wouldn’t have it any other way.
So, today’s FFT: what are your travel habits? Do you have a matched trunk, garment bag, and train case? Do you rinse out your socks in the ho(s)tel sink so you don’t have to bring more than 2 pair? Do you have to bring your favorite stuffed animal or blankie? What do you always bring with you, no matter how long or short your trip?