I travel with a cast iron skillet. I can’t live without one.
and now I have wings go figure.
A Clarisonic and tea bags (“real” tea, as in builders)
@Amparo you had wings all along because you’re an angel.
Roller for pet hair.
Plastic ziploc bags
If i’m flying to a running event (plus meeting furry folk), I always carry my race day gear including my fave energy gels & hydration tabs.
For domestic travels, a small, foldable steamer.
Collapsible kettle. Tetley tea bags. Bisto Gravy. Heinz baked beans. My knitting.
Only another British person will know how important Bisto Gravy is when making bangers and mash.
Vegetable steamer basket - at least one.
About 10 different herbs and spices in individual snack size zip lock bags, all put in a large zip lock bag and my 6" chef knife.
But if chef knives are impractical a knife sharpener is a must. How do people cook with blunt knives?
I give mine a good sharpen and then just survive with it - even my dull-ish knife is better than some of the knives I’ve had to use, especially in airbnbs. And sometimes there is a sharpener where I’m sitting. Sometimes I’ve thought about taking my sharpener with me as well.
I bring knives too. I assume people with dull knives don’t cook.
Odd items? My husband travels with a soft Nerf-type ball, so he can entertain himself. Me? I take a small pillow and a silk sleep sheet. The pillow is crushed foam, so I can squish it down to a very small size, and I’ve been traveling with the sleep sheet for over 12 years. Whether I’m in a tent, a foam-topped bed or something in between, nothing says “sleep well” quite like those two. I haven’t needed to use them in most of the places I’ve stayed, but it’s always good to have them, just in case.
I travel with my heat bags (cherry stone fillings) - pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes and you have a very comforting little bag - either for a cold day, or a cold bed, or pain. They can also go in the fridge for a cool bag.
And my stick blender for soups and smoothies.
We mostly road trip as a family of 4 and move from sit to sit frequently, so we have our packing essentials down to what we value most!
Some unusual must-haves of ours include :
- waterproof Bluetooth speaker
- Coop pillows
amazing sleep (even in the car) always guaranteed!
- Sand Cloud towels
fold up super small to pack and are versatile for park blanket or pool/beach
- stackable milk crates
one for bathroom & one for kitchen essentials
- essential oils, diffuser & natural household cleaner
- coloring supplies
- and of course, a good knife
I understand wanting to have a good cooking knife, but I fly to sits - and with the current checked bag problems, how do you fly with a cooking knife of any usable size? Or do you drive or check bags?
Temper-pedic travel size memory foam pillow. After a trip to Germany we vowed to bring our own firm pillows everywhere we go, it does roll and squish down.
A small bear puppet/stuffed animal toy. I enjoy animating them and it’s nice to have a piece of home with me. Thankfully no pets have bothered it, yet.
A foldable yoga mat for when the mood for exercise strikes and stretching, I think it’s 3mm thick.
We are carry on only, but feel these (rather large) items worth their space. If we weren’t carry on only I would jump to bring a good knife and some kitchen tools and spices! I do bring a tea ball, loose leaf tea, collapsible containers, and shopping bags currently.
Unfortunately you must check them. I can honestly get by with a small ceramic paring knife but even that “can’t fly”. The most you could probably get away with is a hard plastic serrated knife (like a disposable one) or a pocket knife but neither will do well for actual cooking. Maybe good enough to prepare snacks / a picnic though! Could cut roughly fruits, cheese, a baguette, and some softer vegetables well enough
I don’t cook a lot when I’m away specifically in a hot country jus t easy things in oven or micro. But I take my dance shoes in case I can pick up a class. Sharp knives are dangerous round me.always cut my fingers on a new knife.