Greetings from the not-quite-halfway point of my trip, which so far has been really a ton of fun, aside from losing my laptop, which definitely sucked, and (obviously) made it impossible to post anything until I replaced it. Being without one of my essential items for so many days put me in mind of some of the other things I won’t leave home without. Like for instance, a travel steamer. My favorite, most perfect one of all time went missing—I must have left it behind on one trip or another—and I was hard pressed to find a specimen that was both as diminutive and effective as it was. Also, I wanted to spend less than $50. So I took a chance on this Electrolux model, and it heats up super-fast and gets wrinkles out of even the the most stubborn garments.
Packing cubes so live up to their hype: you can easily cram a lot into them, and even if you don’t need the extra space (which I didn’t—the suitcase I brought along on this trip is massive) they come in handy for compartmentalizing your shirts, pants, dresses, cosmetic bags, and etc together so that you’re not tearing through your suitcase every time you need something. I have this cheapo set, but if I had it all to do over again, I’d buy these, because they’re water-resistant.
These synthetic Birkenstocks are cheap, comfy as hell, take up very little room in my suitcase, and ensure that my bare feet will never touch a dodgy hotel room carpet. The watermelon pink hue is pretty cute too.