Friday Five

Friday Five: What You Absolutely, Positively Can’t Leave Home Without

Over at RevGalBlogPals, Singing Owl writes:

We will be at a chaplain's convention when you all are answering the Friday Five Questions. I'll look forward to reading your answers next week when I get home. At the moment we are trying to get the car loaded so we can hit the road, so this will be a simple F.F. This running around madly in order to leave has me wondering: what are the five things you simply must have when you are away from home? And why? Any history or goofy things, or stories?

I suppose it depends on the kind of trip, whether I'm with the family or on a work-related expedition.

But some things hold true either way, so I'll start with those.

1) A Grande, Nonfat, No-Whip Mocha — Whether I'm traveling by car or plane or train, I get that coffee first. I've done a lot more flying this year directly from City By the Sea, because the arrival of AirTran has lowered all our ticket prices, and I am happy to say Starbucks is in our Jetport terminal.

2) Water — I know, I know. We are a world full of babies with our bottled water, but I do like to carry a bottle with me.

3) Music — It's all on the iPod now, but back in the day I used to bring a hatbox full of CDs in the car when I traveled with the children, and we sang along. One of my favorite trip stories is taking #1 Son to college four years ago and lining up three favorite musicals to sing on the 3+ hour trip: "Sweeney Todd," "1776" and "Ragtime." You would have thought we were never going to sing together again! We have.

By the way, I decided to replace my stolen iPod with a Nano (they have a lot more capacity than they did the last time I was shopping for an iPod), and here it is:

It's pink!

And I tagged it.

4) Books — I never travel without something to read. This summer I'm enjoying traveling with my Kindle as well as actual books.

5) Knitting — Whether it's work or pleasure, I carry a project along, almost always a sock. I've made about a half a dozen pairs of socks in a pattern I've pretty much memorized, so I can pull it out whenever and wherever.

For those who care, I know the pattern rounds by heart, but I am still not sure-footed when it comes to turning a heel. I always look that up. I've also begun making adaptations to the pattern, because I don't like the plain heel flap. The pair I'm working on now–okay, the first sock I'm working on now–has an eye of partridge heel instead.

Here's the current carry-along; one more pattern repeat before the toe!

Monkey with an Eye of Partridge Heel

6) Writing Materials — Yes, I broke the Five and went on to six. Whether I have my laptop or not (and I have been known to leave it behind, really), I carry something in which I can write, usually a little Moleskine notebook. I like a Dixon Ticonderoga #2 Soft Lead Pencil, so I sharpen some before I leave home.

How about you? What are the travel essentials?

14 thoughts on “Friday Five: What You Absolutely, Positively Can’t Leave Home Without”

  1. I envy your knitting skill. (sigh) I’ve always wanted to be able to knit socks.

  2. I love the color of the socks. I tagged you for a meme, if you’ve got the time.

  3. I still can’t knit a straight line….I have sock envy, too. Maybe someday. Snazzy iPod! And a great travel list.

  4. Cute socks. I love that you knit.
    I still want to know about the kindle! Do you like it? How much do you like it?

  5. I like to sing along with Sweeney Todd too, but Patti LuPone I’m not! 🙂
    (Saw that on Broadway with Offspring #1 a couple of years ago during her spring break — it was awesome.)

  6. Great play. cool patterrn I have not knitted socks yet, but this may be a time to start.

  7. Oh, I’m so impressed with the socks. I seem to get bored knitting socks and so have at the moment 5 pairs going. Or rather not going. Love the ipod and the inscription is perfect – as is the picture of you taking a picture of it. Cute.

  8. I’m enjoying it, Christine. 🙂 It fits in the little pocket of my denim skirt, too much fun.

  9. Sometimes I wish for an iPod, but for traveling I think I’d need the headphones that cancel outside noise and cost as much as an iPod! Do you get your Moleskine notebooks from the art store by the bakery in City by the Sea? We make periodic trips there to transport Brother #1 for his art supply needs. I wander about wishing I were more artistic and then go to the bakery.

  10. Mine have been gifts, so I’m not quite sure of their source, Auntie K. Knowing my family, more likely the ones they’ve gotten me came from Borders! And I have a special little one that Mary Beth gave to all who went on the Big Event cruise, love it.

  11. HOw could I not think of water? WE always freeze some in a bottle and then fill it up just before leaving. ANd the girls have their own flip top bottles with straws.

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