I can get by with one pair of socks for nearly a week. A bandana is nice but not necessary.
As travelers become more seasoned and seek out reasons to hit the road, two things usually happen. First, they learn to pack smarter and lighter for longer durations of time. Second, they discover their travel essentials.
These travel essentials range from the mundane (a baseball cap for my dad) to the sentimental (a necklace my mom gave me before I joined the Peace Corps) to the fundamental (a pair of sturdy, breathable, multi-use shoes for my husband) to the technological (an iPod touch filled with road music and an e-book, again for my husband).
It doesn’t matter where we go or what we do, there are some things that we can’t travel without. In addition to my necklace, there are eight other things I always carry with me. They are:
- Baby wipes – For quick clean ups and full-body baths when a shower isn’t available.
- Sugar-free, mint-flavored gum – Besides being a gum addict, it works in a pinch if I can’t find my toothbrush or I need to soothe my stomach.
- A reusable water bottle – I refill as I go so I’m always hydrated and the earth is always happy.
- Zip-lock bags – Where to begin with Zip-lock bags? I use them for packing, separating wet from dry, keeping small stuff in its place and more.
- SPF chapstick – As soon as I don’t have it, my lips are dry. It must be a psychological thing.
- A roll of toilet paper – I can dig my own hole, squat, hover and tolerate the world’s worst bathroom, but I afford myself the luxury of cleaning up afterward.
- A sarong – Found the world over, sarongs are useful for so many purposes. I’m also an advocate of men carrying sarongs when they travel.
- A journal – I’m a word girl. ‘nuff said.
Dissect my travel bag and you’ll always find those items, but we’re all different. So now I’d like to know … what are your travel essentials?