Things I don’t travel without – padlock

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When this is a room you’re staying in, you’ll be glad to have a padlock with you. This far I’ve only had great hostel experiences (well, there were a few nights in Kings Cross in Sydney when I was a bit worried, but it ended up okay anyway), but you always need to use your brain when traveling. So I wouldn’t exactly leave my macbook or phone on the bed and then head out. That’s where the padlock comes in.

Most hostel room has lockers. I always make sure hostels offer lockers before I book it. Since I would loose a key before I could step out of the room, I’ve got a padlock with a code instead of a key. It’s brilliant. When I’ not using it in hostels I’m using it on my backpack so it’s not so easy to get into while out and about (my last backpack had a zipper into the main compartment from the side). To make sure the padlock fits all (or as many as possible) locks it has got a wire instead of a fixed pice to lock it.

So yeah, brilliant thing to have while traveling!

Things I don’t travel without – maps

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I have no sense of direction. I’m not kidding you. None at all. I couldn’t even remember the way to my grandmothers new apartment, even though she lived there for like four years and we visited every other weekend. So yeah, I never go anywhere without a map.

The great thing about hostels are that almost all of them have some sort of free maps over the city you’re staying in. I always get one first thing (if I can’t find one at the airport, or train station or wherever I arrive in the city). Even with a map I’m sometimes able to get lost, that’s why I have a small compass with me as well. It’s a small clip-on, kind of like a keychain, compass that I got from my mother before one of my trips. Very good to have. Especially if you get up from a subway station and can’t figure out which way to hold the map.

Now it sounds like I’m always lost, but I’m not. I usually know where I am, thanks to a map and a compass. It’s good to take precessions. A map over the local transport system is also great to have with you. I usually have those saved on my iPhone so I don’t have to carry so many things around the city.

Then there are of course a place and time to get lost, to discover new things. Like in Venice, it was an amazing experience to just keep walking to see where I ended up. I didn’t even try to stick to a map then.

Things I don’t travel without – scarves

I have two scarves that I travel with. The first one, a black large rectangular scarf, I have with me on every trip I do. I actually use it every day during the winter at home as well. But aside from a scarf during the winter, it’s also perfect as a blanket on trains or airplanes, a cardigan when going out to eat and it can even be used as a skirt if needed. That last one I have only tried once, but it did the job for a night out in Rome.

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Here the scarf kept me (on the right) alive during new years eve on Times Square. And no, I’m not exaggerating, we almost died.

The second scarf I own, and travel with, is an orange scarf with black turtles on. My mother bought it for me last year on our trip to Fuerteventura. I bring it with me on trips where there is a chance I might end up on a beach or by a pool. It works perfect as a sundress, a towel, a beach blanket, a skirt… Basically anything you could need.

 

On a side note: I had to look up the plural of scarf, but apparently both scarves and scarfs are right, so it wouldn’t have mattered which I wrote.