This is a post in an ongoing feature on Her Packing List called “The One Little Thing.” Each week or two, we’ll be interviewing a traveling lady to find out the one little thing she can’t travel without. This one comes to you from Abby Woody.
What’s the one little thing you can’t travel without?
In my day-to-day life, I am a coffee girl. A morning cup (or three) of java is all part of my routine, and even more so now that I am married to a professional barista. However, when I travel, I never fail to bring high-quality tea sachets with me wherever I go.
Why has this one item been so important to you?
A few high-quality tea bags (or sachets, depending on your provenance) in your purse, backpack or carry-on can never go amiss. I have brewed my own tea on planes when the drink service lacked palatable options (airline coffee is some of the worst stuff on earth). I have been able to offer a hot cup of tea to a new friend or host, and the added bonus is that it can become a neat souvenir of your home nation when you bring some tea bags abroad. And when I am feeling congested or am getting a migraine (altitude and dehydration during travel have led to these for me), a hot cup of tea will go down when food is not an option.
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
A few tea bags take up almost no room at all. I put jasmine tea in my purse’s cell phone pocket, and throw some Echinacea tea (for building up the immune system) into my medical kit. You will never feel the weight!
Would you recommend this to your travel friends?
I can’t recommend enough for friends and family to bring along some tea on their travels, even if like me they normally stick to coffee at home.
Can you name one situation where you were glad to have this item with you?
On a flight to NYC, brewing my own cup of Jasmine Pearl tea while the people around us swigged soft drinks was the right choice. We arrived early in the morning and instead of feeling sluggish and dehydrated, the tea had calmed me down and prepared me for an intense day in a sometimes overwhelming city!
How did you hear about this item?
Of course, my family has always had tea around, but my husband’s knowledge of tea varieties, processing, and brewing methods has certainly helped me get more out of every cupful. You can even buy loose-leaf teas you love from shops such as David’s Tea or Camellia Senesis and prepare your own handmade tea bags for trips!
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
I can’t think of a traveler who wouldn’t benefit from this item! If you are health-conscious, fond of relaxing at your destination with a hot drink, and trying to make friends abroad, some awesome tea will help you out!
About the Author: Abby is a twentysomething from the Midwestern U.S. who lives for day hikes, modern art museums, reading magical realism, and traveling the world. She blogs about her marriage, sustainable lifestyles, and travel at The City Rental. You can also find her ongoing poetry study The Rituals Project on Facebook and Twitter.