I’m always on the lookout for items I’ll take on my next long-term travel. Here are the things that are currently on the list to come along in my travel bag.
Faced with the impending finality of giving up the apartment that has become my comfortable home over the past year, I am once again feeling the constriction in my throat and bouts of fear of what is to come. I am again starting to wonder if I’m crazy and if I should just stay comfortably where I am.
The reality starts to hit me whenever I leave “home” for the unknown. Where am I going to stay? Will I be invited into peoples homes? Will I be safe? Am I crazy for doing this?
For the most part on this blog I have shown you the places I have been and they are indeed exciting. If I have invoked your wonderlust or wanderlust, then I have done a good job of showing you how exciting travel can be. However. I’m not sure whether I have shown you the other side, the uncertainty of it. If I haven’t, I owe it to you to do so.
Traveling or not, how do you stash your cords, cables, and wired earpieces? Here’s my favorite solution of all time — the Cord Taco by This Is Ground.
I have four great ones to recommend.
For many cables, Cord Tacos by This is Ground.
For larger cables such as one to plug in your laptop, Gear Ties by NiteIze
For larger items and hanging items, Pixi by Blue Lounge or perhaps Bongo Ties.
Meet the Cord Taco, a durable, remains-beautiful, premium leather cable wrap that keeps your cables untangled better than anything else I have ever tried, and I have tried pretty much all cable organizers. This is on of the original Cord Tacos. I have been using it since January 2014, almost 3.5 years. This size is approximately 3.25 inches in diameter. And meet Gear Ties, a new and very welcome addition to my travels.
The folks at Matador Network have created a new tool that can be helpful to every traveler. It’s an online database of available airport wi-fi networks and the info about them, including their passwords. Just look at the map and click the location.
And then the talk of the electronics ban for people flying from Europe and the USA started up. So now, although I’d like to be purchasing my flight to Europe now, would I be doing so at the potential cost of not being able to use my ticket without gambling that my computer will not be stolen or damaged on the flight?
As I have said several times, I have happily been using my sarong as a beach blanket, picnic blanket, or as a sheet at times. But recently, I realized that a larger length of ripstop nylon would be handy for the outdoors and not impact me greatly. I planned to get some next time I’m downtown LA. But then I met the Matador folks at the International Travel Goods Show — and they showed me their Pocket Blanket 2.0. I actually had no intention of considering the Pocket Blanket when I came to see Matador for their NanoDry Shower Towel. But then they pulled the corner out and handed it to me. When I first touched this pocket blanket, I just smiled. I couldn’t believe how thin it was. In a life of travel, that’s a major joy. The Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0 is brilliant. It packs tiny and light (98 […]
This is for those of you who do leave your home empty as you travel.
SimpliSafe, a new style, low-cost alarm system and company, created this pre-vacation checklist to give you — or remind you of — ways to protect your home while you’re out traveling. These are very basic but wise. Maybe it will get you started building your own list of ways to take care of and protect your home while you travel.
Visitors to Los Angeles often ask about how to get around without a car so this page is my collection of LA Public Transportation info. (Services may change but this is hopefully a good start for you.) I’ll edit this page as I learn more. I hope you’ll also share what you learn in the Comments.
I have an all-over-LA section, a Beach section, and an LAX/airport section.
As you travel, it’s important to do all you can to keep yourself healthy. Flossing is not romantic but it’s an easy part of this and floss has a very low impact on your travel bag’s size and weight.
For flossing ease and the maximum efficiency, Cocofloss brand floss can’t be beat!
Have a read, have a look, then give it a try.
Aluminum foil appears to prevent scanning of RFID cards from all but very close range so I covered my sleeves with aluminum foil tape. Here’s my what, how and why.
You might laugh at this now but during your travels, you well might curse the size of your gigantic space-wasting mascara and you’ll wish you had that extra space. So you might as well read this and start considering your mascara now. Even if you won’t be traveling for a year.
If you seek to discover the more unique, odd, rare things about any place you visit, visit the Atlas Obscura website. Search for any place in the world. People are adding to this site daily and you never know what you’ll discover there.
Safety pins are small items that can do much for you as you travel. As they take up so little space, there are no-brainers to bring along on your trip.
Here are some real ways they might help you out as you travel.
When staying someplace for a few days or more, it can be really nice to get some of your clothes out of your backpack or wheelie bag and let them breathe.
These two tips may help.
As I have traveled outside of the USA, I noticed that eggs are not sold in the refrigerator section of any market and that people didn’t tend to put eggs into their fridge when the get them home.
Have you noticed this and wondered why? Or wondered if you have to refrigerate your eggs? Here’s the answer.
Marina Del Rey, a man-made place of beauty and boating, is one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. Burton Chace Park is a great place to enjoy its air and views.
If you’re traveling to Los Angeles and have the time I highly recommend Marina Del Rey as a place to spend an afternoon.
if you’re traveling light you can now take an inexpensive bus — 16NIS ($4) — from near the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem to Ben-Gurion Airport airport, the international airport of Israel. This makes travel a lot easier for those who wish to start or end their trip in Jerusalem rather than Tel Aviv. (Tel Aviv has a train that goes directly to the airport.)
Either Vicks VapoRub or Tiger Balm should be in your bag as you travel, especially when you travel long-term. Either will likely turn out to be one of the best values for its weight and size.
Both of these similar ointments are helpful for a wide range of medical conditions.
Both are available in my counties.
Did you know that you can enjoy the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, then a hike in Southern Califonia’s nature, and then return to Hollywood Boulevard — easily in just a day?
If you happen to be in Los Angeles, that is!