This time, a little more light-hearted.
I like to travel light, as light as possible. It is rare, no matter the length of trip, that I check a bag on. The airlines can’t lose my luggage if I don’t hand it over, right?
Regardless of how you travel, here is a gaggle of ideas I have learned that go with me globally.
I learned from my friend Bob to travel with a small power strip. That worked for years. Then I found an even smaller version. This way I can plug in all my widgets even if the grungy Kolkata hotel room has only one outlet hidden behind the noisy, rusty air-con unit. A single unit outlet adaptor covers every version known to mankind (do electricians not talk to each other across international lines???). That gets me charged up for the day. Now if I can only sleep and get truly charged.
I am sure you are way too familiar with the 1/4″ padding that airlines generously put in their seats. I can handle that for about 2 hours before physical and emotional distress sets in. Then I found a fave travel friend that I lovingly dubbed the “tush cush.” In the U.S., REI sells this little gem for about $15. It saves my you-know-what when I venture on trans-oceanic flights. It also comes in handy when I am looking for a clean seat in Bejing where every inch of ground is covered in ancient gunk. When in use, I tie the supplied little stuff sack to the outside of the my shoulder bag to remind me in my jet-lagged state to not leave my beloved cush behind. There is a similar lumbar pad that can be had too.
In a tiny pouch I have safety pins, a couple of rubber bands, band aids, a little tube of anti-bactorial cream, anti-inflammatory of some sort and my favorite head cold medicine, and some Tumms for stomach stuff. Oh, ear plugs for sure. Lots of ear plugs. I’ve scavenged thread and needle from hotel bathrooms – those really tiny ones that are free. This stash usually covers close to any minor emergency.
GIANORMOUS Shoulder Bag
An averaged sized Cambodian tuk-tuk can easily fit into my shoulder bag. Seriously, its bottomless. Its usually pretty empty. But when needed, I can cram my laptop, coat, books, water, whatever stuff I can’t live without at the market, and still have piles of room. If I need extra space in my roller on the way home, my beloved bag swallows it. Mine is a very large version made by Timbuktu. It is built like a tank and keeps the rain out. If it gets heavy in the airport, I set it on top of my roller and let it do all the work.
Maybe those are common sense items. They seemed brilliant at the time.
What are your global travel tips and tricks? Pray do tell.