Every traveler has them – those items they’d never be caught dead without. And, mostly likely, another traveler would consider those very things useless. It’s an interesting thing, this travel idea.
With that in mind, a bunch of us family travel bloggers are all posting today with our lists of essential/useless items. I can’t wait to see how many of my gotta-have items are on others’ throw-away list.
Bikes – OK, this one is pretty basic. I’ve already written enough about why I prefer traveling on bikes.
Beads – John would vehemently disagree with me on this one, but I think every traveler should have some kind of craft or something to occupy the time when you’re stuck in your tent in the pouring rain.
Chapstick – dry lips are so lame!
Kindle (or other e-reader) – we used to have a whole pannier dedicated to books. Not anymore – and we can carry more books!
Fanny pack – quick and easy for when I leave my bike.
Day pack – big and bulky and a pain to strap on a bike.
Towel – it just gets wet and then we have to dry it somehow. We just use our t-shirts and then wear them dry. That being said, when it was cold a towel was nice to have.
Jeans – but then, I don’t get jeans even at home. They just seem so uncomfortable and hard to wash. Get tights instead – much more comfy and easier to wash/dry.
Camelback – I know some cyclists prefer the Camelback, but I hate having that thing on my back. I’ll use water bottles.
Cell phone – I mean, who am I gonna call when I don’t know anyone? I carried one for a little while – should have kept it just as an alarm clock.
Here are lists from other travelers – love how we all have such different opinions!