A sarong has always been an essential travel item for me. Not one of those gauzy little numbers that wouldn’t fit across my hips. My sarong is strong, opaque and expansive. Of course the sarong is great for the beach and I know that there are a 100 ways to tie it into some fancy dress. I do use it like that but it’s the other uses that make it essential for my bag. The sarong has a multitude of uses: a dressing gown, beach mat, towel, picnic rug, table cloth, a sheet on dubious beds, scarf, modesty covering for temples, mosques and churches and it’s a great creator of shade. I’ve even wrapped my dirty laundry in it. It takes up next to no room in the bag so how could I not take it?
My friend Kerryn tells me that her travel essential is aluminium baking trays and oven bags which she packs into the bottom of her suitcase! In recent years she has travelled with her family to Europe for Christmas. No need to traipse around unfamiliar supermarkets, where you don’t speak the local language, looking for a tray. No danger of the duck or goose not being cooked for lack of a tray. No need to scour an oven clean for lack of an oven bag. Wise thinking, if just a tad unusual.
Steven’s travel essentials are two tools, a corkscrew and a Leatherman. In Botswana a few years ago I was appreciative of that Leatherman as he used it to fix our broken down tour bus. Of course the he has opened many bottles of wine and cut into a range of exotic fruits. What’s your must have travel item? Is there something you don’t leave home without?