Yes, sports fans. I have a confession to make. For those of you who don’t know me so well, I must tell you … I am a Princess. I must surround myself with all the lovely things that make me happy. And, I have to bring them all with me.
For grins, I decided to dump out everything from my suitcase and computer bag when I arrived at my hotel room in Houston. I mean seriously. Did you notice the bag of snacks, along with three tiny bottles of stevia to keep my ice tea nice and sweet the way I like it? Did you notice I bring my own Starbucks “personal” cup and sachets filled with powdered green tea, and chai latte? Also how there are four pairs of pants and four shirts that all mix and match? They are matching tones of olive and gray and you can’t see it but that tapestry bag at the top of the bed is filled with jewelry that also matches all the tops. Also note the gym shoes, shorts and workout shirt that will probably not get used, but one likes to think they will.
I am a creature of comfort and proud of it. What I didn’t show you was the re-usable grocery bag filled with three — count ‘em — three different blow up pillows: one for your feet, one for your neck, and one for your lower back. All of which came in mighty handy on the 7- hour flight from Honolulu. I managed to get a window seat in the back, and there was no one sitting in the aisle seat so I was able to cocoon myself and get some shut eye.
It’s pathetic, but I’m here attending a four-day workshop and need to be sharp and alert to fill my brain with all this great new knowledge. I’m not so good at being alert when suffering from jetlag and sleep deprivation.
So, tell me, what are you absolute must-have travel essentials? Teddy bear? Fluffy Pillow? Gin and Tonic? I love hearing from you guys.
We have this bag we call the vacation med bag which is filled at all times with every possible remedy for any malady. From motion sickness meds to baby powder (great for many things, including removing sand from your skin at the beach!) It is a bit of thing to lug (and more than a little OCD), but basically keeps us from having to run to a drugstore in the middle of a trip!
Hope your trip is successful!
Hi Coleen, I would say my make-up bag serves the same purpose… I always end up forgetting moisturizer or some such thing. As for being OCD, better that than wasting a bunch of time searching for a liquor – drug – grocery store that sells what you need. Thanks for stopping by.
I laughed out loud at your list of items you pack, Rachel. I have to take my netbook and Kindle, very important items to support my email and reading additions. 🙂
Sheila, I’m glad I could make you smile and silly me, it’s cold here, I forgot to pack an extra sweater. I’m doing okay with the layering thing, as long as no one stands too close to me.
I always travel with kids, so for me it’s snacks and water I always have food and water on me even when I go to the grocery store. I usually pack comfy things and have to be reminded to pack something nice if we go out.
I don’t like hauling any more than I absolutely have to so mostly it’s just the essentials (BARE essentials) when I travel. However, I have an OCD-like thing about germs so plenty of hand sanitizer and wet wipes are brought along in abundance.
Enjoy your workshop! 🙂
Hey Rachel, it looks like you are all set and ready for the wonderful week ahead. Do share with us the great insight and knowledge you will be learning. Can’t wait to hear all about it!
I over pack. But you never know what the weather will be like or what I’ll feel like wearing. And I learned I have to pack medications for the children. Once my daughter woke with a fever when we were far from a drugstore and it was midnight at my grandmother’s who had nothing for child fever.
I’ve never unpacked at a hotel before. Enjoy your conference. 🙂
Have a great week, Rachel…sounds like an amazing opportunity! I haven’t traveled without my 5 yr. old twins in years, so when you say “pack” I think “legos, bear, books and wine” 🙂