You might think I'm crazy, but I don't leave the house without a fork. It serves as a backup utensil, and it works great as a comb in an emergency. I've lost one only once, while using it as a weapon -- in self-defense, I swear.
I tuck a jar of Tiger Balm into my bag; just a smidgen rubbed on my temples and neck keeps a headache away. For a stuffy head, sore muscles, tired feet, or stale airplane air, Tiger Balm is my therapy-in-a-jar.
I don't know if it's unusual, but I never go anywhere without guitar picks, even if I'm not bringing my guitar along. You never know when an opportunity will arise -- so far I've played in Vienna and Amsterdam. I even got a job playing for two weeks on Rhodes.
Rockaway Park, N.Y.
When traveling I always take my mini (1-by-3/4-inch) tarot deck. It yields instant advice on new people and situations. Because the cards are so small I can do readings on the airplane tray table. It's a perfect place for reflecting, miles high in the clouds.
New York, N.Y.
My favorite thing to bring along is my Wonder Woman Pez dispenser. It reminds me to be adventurous and not to take life so seriously.
Ann T. Daly
For almost three decades now, I have traveled with a copy of T. E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A great friend gave it to me. In it he wrote: "To be carried always on far-flung wanderings, forever following so many lost (?) causes."
Colorado Springs, Colo.
I never go anywhere without matches -- so that if I survive a plane crash, I won't freeze to death while awaiting rescue.
Geraldine St. Onge
New York, N.Y.
I always pack a six-foot length of light rope. I've used it to repair luggage temporarily, consolidate small packages, hang wet clothes, and hold down the boot, er, trunk, of an English rental car.
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
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