This is a post in a new feature on Her Packing List called “The One Little Thing“. Each week, I’ll be interviewing a traveling lady to find out the one little thing she just can’t travel without. This one is brought to you by Erica of Over Yonderlust:
I’m Erica and I’m one half of Over Yonderlust.
My travel bug started after Shaun and I were married. Our parents were less than keen on promoting international travel. So we took it upon ourselves to go to Barbados for our honeymoon, and from there I was hooked.
I am an advocate of budget travel to show people that anyone can see the world. I also have stamps on my passport from Britain, Spain, and Japan.
Shaun and I are about to leave on a year-long trip to Central and South America very soon.
What one little thing can you not travel without?
I had to think long and hard about this one and as simple of an item it is, it can provide a plethora of uses – my bandana.
Why has this one item been so important to you?
It has saved me time and time again when traveling abroad. The versatility of it can be astounding.
- It can be used as a hair accessory to keep your hair out of your eyes or even on a bad hair day.
- It can be used as a sweat band around your neck when hiking through jungles – urban or tropical. Dipping it in water and tying it around your neck is fantastic.
- It can plug up sinks so you can do your laundry.
- It can use it as a way to tie things to your backpack.
- It can be used as a makeshift Kleenex/towel.
- It can be used, god forbid, as a tourniquet.
- It can be used to MacGuyver almost anything.
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
It folds up tight. It can fit in a shoe or a small crevice in your backpack or purse. You can wear it or tie it to your luggage. I would say that it you won’t even realize it is there until you need it.
Why would you recommend this to your travel friends?
It doesn’t take much room and can really be useful when you are in a bind.
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
Let’s just say that Kyoto, Japan is probably the most humid city I have ever experienced. There can be long walks between bus stops and exhibits and on a super hot day it saved me from nearly passing out on a mile long gravel walk to the Imperial Palace. The sun was beating down and the rocks were reflecting the rays up. A quick stop and wet the bandana with our bottled water and I was ready to continue.
How did you hear about this item?
Let’s just say that I was a fan of the bandana fad in the late 90s. I have been no stranger to this item.
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
It is perfect for any traveler! While you are more likely to use it if you are an active adventurer, it is nice to have around for a good “just in case”.