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:
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!
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?