What odd item do you always travel with?

I travel with a cast iron skillet. I can’t live without one.

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and now I have wings go figure.

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A Clarisonic and tea bags (“real” tea, as in builders) :wink:

Who’s next?

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@Amparo you had wings all along because you’re an angel. :star_struck:

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Roller for pet hair.

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Plastic ziploc bags
Eucalyptus oil

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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.

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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.

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Vegetable steamer basket - at least one.

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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.

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But if chef knives are impractical a knife sharpener is a must. How do people cook with blunt knives?

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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.

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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. :sleeping:

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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.

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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! :sparkles:

Some unusual must-haves of ours include :

  • waterproof Bluetooth speaker :notes:
  • Coop pillows :zzz:
    amazing sleep (even in the car) always guaranteed!
  • Sand Cloud towels :ocean: :sunny:
    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 :herb:
  • coloring supplies :art:
  • and of course, a good knife :hocho:
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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?

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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.

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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 :smile:

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.

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