by Monica Conrady
ome time ago, I
shared with you a list of what I personally found to be indispensable when
on the road.
Here again are a few suggestions from my personal travel list.
Ziploc bags. These have been one of my favorite travel
aids for years and now they are de rigeur for your carry-on! Three small bottles
in a quart-size ziploc is the new rule. Fine and dandy. I also use them for
leaky bottles, wet bathing suits and muddy shoes. They help keep me organized
underwear in one bag, hose in another, toiletries separated in still
more bags. I file maps, brochures. etc., by area in their own bag. In fact,
I am a veritable bag lady!
A rubber sink stopper. Look for a flat, round one
which fits over any drain and which you can find for peanuts in your local
hardware store. Not only does it come in useful when the sink plug doesnt
work properly which can happen in the fancy places just as easily as
in the el cheapos but can come to the rescue in those mean establishments
where they dont give you a plug in the first place.
Plastic coat hangers. Many hotels have those unremovable
hangers great for the hotel but irritating to those of us who like
to hang things in the shower to drip dry or steam out wrinkles. Then, of course,
there are some places with no hangers at all! I now keep one regular hanger
and one with clips in the pocket of my rollaboard for such occasions.
A Sarong. Also called a pareu, a sulu, a longhi or
a kanga, depending on what part of the world its from. This long, rectangular
piece of cloth is primarily used as a wraparound skirt (for either sex) but
can also be a strapless dress or a shawl. It can replace a towel, you can
sit on it or use it as a sheet, a screen, a tablecloth or a wall-hanging.
Duct tape. A small roll of duct tape can come in handy
at the most opportune times like when your luggage falls apart or theres
a tiny tear in your mosquito netting. Stick a strip of duct tape in a bright
color on your luggage I use canary yellow to make it easier
to locate in a sea of black bags.
Bubble Wrap. My new favorite travel aid . I gaily
purchased a bottle of Blueberry Wine in Florida before I remembered I could
no longer carry it on the plane with me. Bubble wrap to the rescue! My wine
arrived home safely in my checked luggage, swaddled in a couple of layers
of bubble wrap.
What is it you cant, or wont, leave home without?