preparing to fly
Essentials…my whole backpack will be filled with them, essentially…but there are a few items that top my list (including three fat books, hand mixed Clary Sage and Sweet Orange hand lotion and Cliff bars coming with me on the plane).
For most people, it’s hard to take a trip. It’s expensive, and can be stressful, with lists of items to buy and numbers to call and places to see. For me, this is a rare experience. I’ve travelled near and far, but a good chunk of my travel has been with YWAM. In other words, it’s not entirely travel. To have the freedom to pick places to see and move when I want is rather exhilarating.
First things first: money. If you’re planning a trip, pick a jar. We did. Not a huge jar, because you may get discouraged at all the gaping holes. And like myself, you may find yourself, folding and unfolding bills to make them look bigger, puffed up like proud cock feathers. You want to see a blur of bills, wads of ’em, and no breathing room. Smudges of purple and blue and green, or better yet, red and whatever colour the Canadian $100 bill is (slate brown?). Actually try to stay away from blue bills ($5), they can make you feel bigger than you actually are. Our jar was placed on the night table about 5 months ago. We should have started it earlier, but, sometimes traveling seems impossible, like a magnetic field of dreams. You’re drawn to it, and yet it’s so far away.
For folks that never seem to have cash, this is quite the feat for us. I’m the type of person that holds $20 bills in my wallet for weeks, just because. I am a card toting type of girl. Money smells funny and is awfully dirty.
Secondly, I am not the type of person that packs another set of clothes, underwear, a toothbrush. With the Canucks, Icelandic volcanoes, traffic, I am a flared up pessimist. Yet when it comes to bags arriving on time, intact, I have had no troubles, besides the odd broken lock or zipper. If my bags can go from Vancouver to Hong Kong to Perth to Bangkok to Cairo to Luxor to Cairo to Sri Lanka to Hyderabad to Bangkok to Perth to Bangkok to Phuket to Bangkok to Hong Kong to Vancouver, (notice how many times Bangkok wove its way in?) I am confident my bags will make it anywhere.
However, I found this little gem in London Drugs and couldn’t resist the papery humanity of them. I will probably use them…never, so it’s a good investment. Why would I buy these when I could just snag some toilet seat liners and wear them?
And lastly, face towels. One of the worst smells in the world is old, musty wet towel. To me, it smells like whiskers and toilet water and clogged drain. And, I can barely handle the feeling of microfiber on my hands, so no need to suggest any antibacterial microfiber towels from MEC for $15. I am happy with these cloths packaged like chiclets of Dentyne gum. Pop one, use it for 3 days or so and flush it. Yes. Drool worthy success. These types of companies had me in mind when they forged together a plan for expandable cloths. I get giddy over any sort of clicky, clean, compact, organized product. And Kwik Kloths (minus the K, seriously…) top the list of ingenious products. Mind you, I haven’t tried one yet, so they may scratch off some layers of my epidermis, or give me a rash, but I suppose I’m an optimist when it comes to things like this too.