When you pack light, you leave unnecessary items at home. There may however, be an item you just don’t want to do without. For me, that is a Japanese Salux scrub cloth (available here and through Amazon). I find that it’s the best scrub cloth in the entire universe, and it’s practically indestructible. Fortunately, Salux scrub clothes take up almost no space, and dry really quickly.
I was curious if other people had any special item they still travel with, so I posed the question at the forums at Tom Bihn’s website. People seemed to take some very interesting things close to their heart.
- Autolycus travels with a small Travelocity roaming gnome, which was given as a gift from a co-worker.
- TavaPeak travels with a small paper journal.
- Jenne travels with a portable hula hoop (one that collapses so it can be packed)
- AVService travels with a tiny but full-featured amateur radio transceiver that provides AM/FM/weather, as well as VHF, UHF, aircraft, marine, shortwave, railroad, and public safety broadcasts, as well as transmit.
- JLE likes to travel with tiny travel candles to mask the odor of hotel rooms, a Bluetooth speaker for her iPad, and very small hair-straightening irons. Most unusual, however, is her squeezy tube of Vegemite.
- Snowbot likes to travel with a small nightlight.
- WhiteStar likes to travel with three to six dogs (probably not packed in the carry-on, though).
- Badger has two stuffed Uglydog dolls that travel with her everywhere.
- As a chiropractor, Chiro75 carries a lot of odd chiropractic instruments that cause the TSA a lot of consternation.
- Kinsale confesses to carrying a mini-bottle of vodka in their 3-1-1 toiletry kit. “Just in case.”
- Frank II from One Bag, One World likes to take a telescoping backscratcher.
- KmK likes to travel with a very small owl figuring that allows her to feel at home wherever she goes.
- Moriond likes to travel with some emergency food in the form of Lärabars.
- BChaplin likes to take instant coffee in the form of Starbucks VIA packs, an insulated Thermos, and a 220-volt instant water healer to avoid any caffeine withdrawal.
- Dorayme, always takes her knitting or crotcheting things with her, but when traveling by car, takes her spinning bike!
- When traveling by car, Darbs always packs some Diet Coke.
- Eire takes a small shortwave radio.
- Tzporah takes a headlamp and earplugs.
Is there anything special you like to take with you on your travels?
I to like this Salux cloth. It’s great for travel, backpacking, camping and just plain old showering at home. I first found out about it from a friend I went backpacking with. So light and lathered up well. It’s great for washing your back. Also a great exfoliator.
I bought mine at the link you shared at Saluxshop.com
Isn’t it the best? No matter how light I’m packing, if I know I’m away long enough that I’ll be showering/bathing, I always try to pack my Salux cloth. The few times I haven’t, I’ve really missed it. Once you get used to those, a regular wash cloth feels totally ineffective.