I wasn't going to do the Friday Five this week, honest. We just got back from Paris (not a road trip, I know), are home but lurking about anonymously in the area, but I must say that Singing Owl over at Revgals really got me with this one:
We will be at a chaplain's convention when you all are answering the Friday Five Questions. I'll look forward to reading your answers next week when I get home. At the moment we are trying to get the car loaded so we can hit the road, so this will be a simple F.F. This running around madly in order to leave has me wondering: what are the five things you simply must have when you are away from home? And why? Any history or goofy things, or stories?
1. book(s). For the short trip to Paris, the challenge was to pack light (only carry-ons), so I had to pare down my obsessive need to bring many different books just in case. I brought a book to read on the plane (Les Miserables: only 1100 pages to go!), a small devotional, and our DK Paris Guidebook. We discovered that people all over the world have the DK Paris Guidebook in many different languages.
2. Comfortable shoes. The shoes I brought to Paris, ufortunately, weren't comfortable enough. I thought they were (Danskos and sturdy sandals), but I still had terribly sore feet by the end of our second day there. I am considering investing in some SAS Tennis Shoes. (now I feel old.
3. New Digital Camera! I have often gone places and FORGOTTEN my camera. And on the trip to New York, I forgot to put FILM in the camera. But we now have a new digital camera (first one) and had a lot of fun taking pictures, getting used to how they come out and experimenting.
4. I always take pain reliever, (like tylenol or advil) and on this trip I, for the first time, put in one imitrex, in case I would get a migraine. Thankfully, I didn't need to use it.
5. Curling Iron. I can get by without almost anything else, beauty-wise, (or else buy something in the drug store) but I really need my curling iron! Bad news: we didn't take a European adapter to Paris. Good news: the hotel had one.
Also: on this trip, we needed not cash or travelers checks, but a special debit card you can load up and put into machines all over Paris to change your dollars into Euro. It worked great! But I must say: right now our dollars do not buy many Euros. We also needed passports (couldn't forget those).