This is a post in an ongoing feature on Her Packing List called “The One Little Thing“. Each week or two, 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 Christine Amorose:
I’m Christine of the aptly-but-not-so-creatively-named C’est Christine. I’m a travel blogger who likes to dabble in bartending and beach-going.
I’ve spent a few summers in France, backpacked solo through Europe, lived for six months in the French Riviera and am currently exploring Australia.
What one little thing can you not travel without?
My Original ChicoBag! It’s a reusable bag that stuffs into its own tiny pouch.
Why has this one item been so important to you?
It comes in handy whenever you need an extra bag: grocery shopping, picnicking, going to the beach, moving. It’s so tiny that you can throw it in your purse whenever you leave in the morning. I use it on an almost daily basis, whether at home or traveling.
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
It’s super tiny and super light. Closed up, it’s about the size of a tennis ball and only weights 1.5 ounces. Easy to pack in your suitcase and your purse!
Why would you recommend this to your travel friends?
While it barely takes up any room, it comes in handy all the time. Plus, it’s environmentally-friendly: stop using plastic bags!
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
I used it all the time while food shopping in France. The grocery stores will charge you for plastic bags in certain regions: the best way to save a few cents is to bring your own. Plus, farmers markets often have super small vendors who can’t afford to give away plastic bags. Plus, I always like using it and saving a plastic bag: it’s such a little thing to do for an environment, but it makes a difference!
How did you hear about this item?
I bought my first one at the local Chico farmers’ market when I was a freshman at California State University, Chico, when ChicoBag was still just a teeny-tiny local company trying to make it big.
My bags still say “patent pending” under the logo! Now they have a web site and all sorts of product variations, but it still feels like supporting a local, sustainable business!
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
It’s perfect for anyone who’s on a budget, eco-friendly and who sometimes needs an extra bag—and who doesn’t?!
Big thanks to Christine for sharing her one little thing she can’t travel without. I’m thinking I need a ChicoBag of my own! If you’d like to learn more about Christine, be sure to check out her blog, Twitter or Facebook.