Someone recently asked if I “always kept my makeup case packed” for trips. On the contrary, I continually fill and tidy it. It’s substantial, has everything. I can solve needs of practically any fellow traveler. If you want to be an intrepid traveler, add these to your kit:
This is in addition to my first aid ziplock bag that comes on adventure trips. These are in my Basic Toiletries Bag:
1. The stretchy clothesline. Stuff gets wet. It needs to dry. Here is my homage to the clothesline.
2. A sewing kit with scissors. The scissors are important because TSA is constantly taking my little folding ones.
3. Real antibiotics. I never travel without Cipro. Frankly, in many countries around the world, you can walk into a pharmacy and buy antibiotics over the counter. (Not easy to read the labels, but doable). Unfortunately, you cannot do that in the U.S. and last time I needed it was a Dallas bladder infection. I carry it always.
4. Sink stopper. This is a rubber jar opener. Lots of sinks around the globe – or even in friends’ homes – don’t always stop up completely.
5. A+D Diaper ointment. Like Vaseline, but more healing power. I get wind burned. Chapped lips. Waterlogged hands.
6. Flashlight, they come in teensy sizes and often free with a logo on it. I set on my nightstand. Visualize this outhouse, above… an atoll in Belize, 100% lights out, all asleep, a 50-yard walk in moonlight. Walking alone with my little flashlight, I suddenly heard CLUNK. waaaa???? Yikes, head-on collision of two hermit crabs.
7. Vicodin. Leftover from shoulder surgery. S**t happens on practically any trip, just read when we ran over our bus boy Ashok in India. Just as easily, you could step off a stair wrong on some overnight trip to San Diego and kill your ankle (sound familiar, Larry?).
8. Tweezers. Surprising how often we need these away from home.
9.Two spoons. I make instant oatmeal, or cup o’ soup, tea, E-mergenC drinks. We buy yogurts. Easier just to carry spoons.
10. Eyeglass repair kit. Available at drug stores.
11.Every freebie packet of stuff that comes in the mail. There just seems to be a need on any trip for something like Snake Bite Ointment and I WILL HAVE IT.
12. Hook. I’ve been educated by a friend, this is a carabiner, also known as a spring hook. I hook my toiletries kit in the air somewhere – beach tents, safari tents, cruise ship bathrooms, glamping, even the Ritz Carlton sometimes doesn’t have the bathroom counter space for all the stuff I carry.