This summer job has made me a road warrior. I spend four days each week on the road. Every Thursday night I appear at home with dirty laundry and Monday by 6, I am heading out for another week of work. Organization is everything in this kind of lifestyle to make sure you take everything you need when you leave home for work. Many of the places I visit don’t have much more than a couple of restaurants/bars, a gas station and a grocery store. No place to buy socks if you forget to pack them.
The surprising but indispensable travel item for me this summer has been my collection of eBags packing cubes. As a sewer I seriously thought about trying to personally engineer a collection, but in the end I bought mine. I love them. My bag has a certain number and size of cubes. On Sunday, I pull them out and pack each of them and when they are all back in my luggage it means I am ready to go. Some of my cubes have a spare pair of socks or underwear in them to remind me of what goes in each. For this job each cube holds one of the five pieces of clothing I put on each day, but I used to be a business suit traveler and think that each cube could just as easily carry your daily outfit. There is nothing worse than the last day of a professional business trip and realizing you wore the wrong blouse with the wrong suit and the one left does not match the suit you intend to wear tomorrow. Ranger Sir and I will sometimes travel with just one bag if we go for a night or two. It is not usually a pleasant experience. I am thinking a second set of cubes in his own color may solve that problem. Shop around for your set because the amount the retailers are asking you to pay varies widely.
Everyone has their favorite bag for toiletries based on what they want and need. Most of us take some supplies from home. My favorite choice for this is the GoToob products. First reason for recommending this product is that it is easy to fill. It actually has an opening you can put shampoo in without it traveling all down the sides. Second is they stand behind the product no questions. I broke a top, emailed them and I got a new top. It is a one time purchase. Lastly if you travel via airlines it was designed with that in mind. The only negative is it is designed with words like soap, shampoo, lotion, conditioner on the neck. Without my glasses in the shower I can read that stuff, so I had to shop around to get assorted colors to work for me. In spite of that I really do like these the best of all the travel containers I have ever owned.
My last recommendation is a pillow case from home. I have made a collection of bright don’t forget me pillow cases, but anything will do. Pillow cases from home can be used to cover and double up hotel pillows to simulate your personal pillow. Pillowcases from home can also be used to keep your face and skin away from the harsh hotel laundry soaps. It also puts another barrier between you and the pillow that hundreds of others have slept on. Lastly this is what I put all my dirty clothes in to take them home. It is like having a personal laundry bag to keep your dirty clothes from soiling your luggage and anything you may have clean left in your bag for your next stop in your travels.