Saturday, December 03, 2016

In the Beginning

I like to travel. I want to travel more. I want to tell you all about it.

A big part of traveling involves what I take with me when I go places. I have a huge bag addiction. I have spent a fortune on briefcases, tote bags, messenger bags, suitcases, purses and backpacks. I have found it difficult to find perfection because I hate not having what I need with me when I need it. But, I also don’t like being encumbered by too much stuff. So, like with clothing, layering is the key.

My absolute minimum list of must haves:

Cell phone - I have the large Apple iPhone 6s Plus because it’s beautiful. I take pictures and videos, read, watch movies, write, check-in on all of my social media platforms, listen to music and books, and map out my routes
Cash and cards - good food and drink costs
IDs - drivers’ license, passport, medical card, etc.
Small notebook and felt tip pen - sometimes I just need to go old school
Lip balm - it’s not likely, but I might kiss someone (it could happen, I’m not dead yet, you know and travelers are a friendly bunch, so it pays to be prepared)
Tissues - speaking of being prepared: for napkins at dives, wiping away tears of joy and potty breaks on the side of the road
Contact cards - I’ve got to promote, market and connect
Keys - the Silver Bullet gets me there and everywhere (it’s a pretentious name for a minivan, but I live large in my head.)

After much trial and error, I found this bag. Whether it’s going to the grocery store or a two week trip to Europe, this leather Passport Wallet holds all of the above. Light-weight, small, sturdy and convenient, it’s a perfect fit and low cost. It has a very long and strong cord that adjusts for tucking in a jacket for security. I’ve used it everyday for several months and decided it’s a keeper.


  1. I don't have the contact cards. Maybe I should. I used to. They could read "Cara Hartley, Eternal Wannabe."
    I like to have an "old school" notebook on hand, but I usually forget the damn thing.
    I just broke down and got an I-Phone so I could proceed with my Lyft driving venture. I haven't actually started yet so I don't know if it's something I'll enjoy doing or something that after doing once I'll say to myself "what the hell was I thinking?" and never do it again. It could be great, or it could be a disaster. All I know is I really don't want to do nursing five days a week to pay the bills.
    I always wanted to travel. Maybe if I don't drop dead the minute after I retire, which would figure considering the way the rest of my life has gone, I'll finally be able to.

  2. I have one of those iphone cases that holds my credit card and driver's license and a $20 - that's all I usually carry. But for travel, I have a small black leather bag that's just big enough to hold my phone, camera, passport, cash and credit cards, lip balm, kleenex, and small thing of lotion.