We've been asked this week what five things we absolutely, positively, cannot leave home without...interesting stuff -- because that list has changed so radically since I began travelling on my own and/or as wagonmaster of the expedition...formerly there would have been several dozen DIAPERS high up on the list! Not no more, however, hurray.
All right now. Some of these could be seasonal--i.e., when I go on retreat (always in the winter), I won't leave home without my wheat-bag ("Magic Bag" if that's how you know it).
But for summer-holidays travelling, and we'll assume it's by car... In my bright yellow travel knapsack I will have:
1. Maps and AAA tourbook of the area/s I'll be in. Also a Backroads Mapbook if applicable. That's just one thing because it's all navigational, right?
2. Camera and film...and binoculars (all optical, therefore = "one" also).
3. Bird books (also plant and animal books for the area -- if I have'em).
4. Journal and PENS and INK.
...and in my rations-box/cooler I will have:
5. instant coffee, tea bags, instant oatmeal, energy bars, mug/bowl/spoon/knife/can-opener (with a bottle opening feature).
A side note: when I went to Italy I did not take a camera at all...not wanting to see Italy through a viewfinder, and being uncertain of my ability to keep track of a camera anyhow(mind you I bought $120 worth of postcards).
Instead I took a little sketchbook and some pencils. Not because I can draw, but because I can't, and I know it, so I can skritch and scribble away in the sketch book without any expectation of achievement AT ALL. And now at home when I look at the results...although nobody else might have the faintest notion of what the original looked like...I'm right back where I was when I was not-drawing what's on the page.
Is that COMPLETELY strange?