Journeywoman's Top 25
She's So Practical
...1 Be sure
to take along several photographs of yourself. This way
you'll avoid the hassle of having to locate a photo booth
when you need ID for a foreign bus pass or museum card.
a folding umbrella that has an aluminum spine and handle.
This type is more expensive to buy than all the others
but it's so light and compact, you'll almost forget you're
...3 In hot
humid countries, a folding paper fan works wonders when
waiting at bus stops or travelling by (non-air conditioned)
...4 A mini
flashlight -- the light disposable type is invaluable
for Third World destinations where power failures are
expensive jewellry at home. Instead, for an evening on
the town, try dressing up your hair. A dime-store rhinestone
barrette or sparkly bobby pin works wonders with black
shirt and pants.
wash your undies because the plug in your hotel sink is
missing? Before you leave on holiday, pop into your local
hardware store and pick up a "one-size fits all" stopper
just in case.
All Bathrooms Aren't
carry emergency toilet paper or a package of tissues.
In some parts of the world, it's either very scarce or
too coarse to be usable.
are perfect when hand-washing facilities aren't readily
smell in toilets is sometimes overpowering. Carry a mentholated
chapstick and dab some under your nose to help mask the
odours while you use the facilities.
She's Health Wise
a cold coming on? Keep lots of chewable Vitamin C on hand.
Many women swear by it and when taken in prescribed doses,
for short periods of time, it's reported to be quite harmless.
for Echinacea -- a herbal remedy meant to rebuild your
chicken soup available? For some women, Ancient Healing
Formula in tea bag form (Yogi Tea Co.) is the anti-sniffles
remedy of choice. Even when it's hard to find a pharmacy,
it's easy to locate hot water.
these two recipes for making your own emergency rehydration
mixture should diarrhea strike and you find yourself far
from a pharmacy. (Mix 1 litre of bottled purified water,
one-half teaspoon of salt and four teaspoons of honey
or sugar). If these ingredients are not available, eat
bananas (to restore your potassium levels) and dry chips
(to give you salt) and drink cola (to provide glucose).
She Needs Her Beauty
leave home without your eyeshades
your earplugs. They're perfect for snoozing on the airplane
and, for keeping out the "sounds of baby" just two rows
clothespins for those hotel drapes that refuse to close
properly. They're perfect for blocking out the early morning
sun as well as discouraging potential "Peeping Toms."
...17 A tiny
(1 oz.) bottle of lavender oil is lovely for relaxation.
Add several drops to an evening bath and travel stress
will simply melt away. Put some on your pillowcase and
you'll sleep like a baby.