I find the taste of Brita water yucky.
I find the taste of Brita water yucky.
I do remember when they did give out blankets, though, they were in a bag that looked like it had come straight from some kind of cleaner. But seriously, if you're going to start thinking about that ... think about the seats. How often do you think they're cleaned?
I'll post what I travel with in a bit, I really should be working right now .
I use an small film camera case for all my adaptors. It is just the right size and keeps everything right at hand. Yes, when I get to a new hotel room my first move is to find the outlets, then plug in all the chargers. I carry a universal adaptor, as well.
Since I am too tired to type out a list, see these websites for just some of the uses of this miracle tape.
I like to shop for duct tape at Walmart. They have a variety of colors, and I have even found Hello Kitty duct tape there.
A spare wristwatch
Flashlight and batteries
A book (just in case I feel like reading, while waiting for a flight)
Non-perishable food (e.g.cookies, granola bars)
A copy of my passport
Love the neon duct tape for luggage ID. I use scraps of neon lycra. Left over from the skating days. I tie scraps of different colors to both handles - no one else's looks like mine
I always bring allergy pills. I'm allergic to feathers and don't always remember to check the pillows to see if any are feather pillows. Benedryl helps me to sleep on long flights.
When I'm old, I don't want them to say of me, "She's so charming." I want them to say, "Be careful, I think she's armed."
Fact of Life: After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says W T F
All depends on where I'm traveling to - if it's my mother-in-laws I take scotch. Lots and lots of scotch.
3539 and counting.
Slightly Wounding Banana list cont: MacMadame.
The other drug we took with us was Zolpidem (same as Ambien) for sleeping. I took one pill on the longest flight (11 hours London-to-Capetown) of our two days of flying, and I slept great for 8 hours. It enabled me to be right on track with the time zone changes since we landed in the early morning. No jet lag at all. You have to have a full 8 hours to sleep though since that sleeping medicine knocks you out.
I also always take ear plugs with me when I travel. It makes it possible to sleep in a noisy airplane, noisy accomodations, and with a snoring partner.
Other good items to have with you are electrical convertors that fit the plugs in the countries you'll be visiting. I bought a travel hair dryer that runs on different voltages so that I can use it in the U.S as well as other continents.
And last but not least, take a little of your own laundry supplies so you can get by in a pinch. You can always wash your underwear in a sink with a little powdered soap and hang it up to dry overnight. A small clothes line and clothes pins are handy if you have room for them in your luggage. When we traveled in South Africa, none of the houses we rented had dryers and only a couple had washers. We packed lightly and did not take many changes of clothes, so we had to do laundry every few days.
I agree with the other posters who suggested taking extra copies of passports and other important travel documents. You never know when your valuables might be stolen or lost, and having those copies will make replacement much easier.
If you have not done so already, check with your phone carrier about paying for international calling for the time period you'll be gone. It is pretty cheap (e.g. $5/month) and may come in handy if you are in an emergency situation. While we were in Africa, we used our daughter's local phone (similar to a Go Phone) that she bought cheaply in Africa, and it was perfect for making hotel reservations while driving around the country. Also consider getting travel insurance to cover the unexpected.
When traveling to a foreign country, I like to take several forms of currency so that at least one of them will work. I usually take a major credit card (VISA or MasterCard), some US cash, some traveler's checks, and my checkbook. I sometimes exchange a little bit of currency for foreign currency at the airport, so that I can pay for a taxi or food right away when I get to my destination. My preferred method of payment is always a credit card, because they get better exchange rates than you will at a bank while travelling, and there's fraud protection.
Even more developed countries can prove problematic with credit cards. When I travel in the UK I usually stay in B&Bs, and probably less than half take credit cards. Lots of smaller independent restaurants don't either, esp. when you get away from major centres.
One caveat though: you do actually need a place to hang it! If you're staying at your cousin's house who has her guest room closet crammed with all her extra clothes ... well, not quite so useful then.
Stale pastry is hollow succour to a man who is bereft of ostrich. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory