Today: packing advice for overseas travel.
When I travel abroad I have 2 lists (oh, I do love a lost) to pack from. One is called ‘to pack: clothes’ and is written ad hoc for each trip about an hour before I pack, the other is called ‘to pack: other’ and is written in stone (or however it is that an iPad makes it appear on my screen’
There are a few things I like to take which are specific to singing/business travel, I.e. I wouldn’t bother on a holiday.
iPad dock: I like to listen to music, podcasts, talks, audiobooks, the dock just makes it easier
Plastic tub: particularly in a self catering place it’s nice to make your own lunch, but annoying to have to buy a new receptacle every trip
Salt and pepper: again, so useful in self catering, but surprisingly expensive if you only use a week’s worth then leave them behind. Oil and balsamic etc on the other hand I tend to buy a bottle and share with my colleagues. I sometimes like to travel with some mixed herbs, but as I’m sure you can imagine a small bag of chopped green foliage is not something to be caught with in an airport so I usually only do this within the uk…
Facemasks: in fact just a few nice pamper type things, nail varnish and remover, leave in hair conditioner, foot scrub, for those evenings when you’re alone and homesick and need some me time after a concert
BBC iPlayer downloads: I love this feature of iPlayer, Auntie stops me getting UK withdrawal symptoms
Hand knitted socks: I use these instead of slippers, but I used to take my slippers when I had some. It’s just so comforting to have something to wear in your room, so it feels a little more like home
Obviously I pack all the normal stuff too, but these are my extras for a pleasurable tour.