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  1. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    February 2, 2014

    I find it really interesting to see which items bring you and Tigger comfort. Nescafe is awful stuff. If we were RTW travelers we’d probably bring a french press too!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 3, 2014

      Yes, Nescafe is horrid. I’d rather not drink coffee than drink that instant crap.

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  2. Lillie – @WorldLillie
    February 1, 2014

    HAH! This made me smile!!!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 1, 2014

      Glad you had fun with it.

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  3. Bethaney – Flashpacker Family
    February 1, 2014

    I spent six months travelling with a plaster cast of my teeth & x-rays for orthodontist appointments. Glad I don’t need those anymore!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 1, 2014

      Did you ever use them as room decor? 😉

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  4. Terry at Overnight New York
    February 1, 2014

    Good coffee definitely matters. Glad to see you’ve dropped instant in favor of French press, especially one that’s so portable.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 1, 2014

      I’d rather have no coffee than instant.

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  5. Val-This Way To Paradise
    January 31, 2014

    Yep, I can’t travel without my AeroPress coffee maker, myself!!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 31, 2014

      Good coffee matters!

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  6. Elle
    January 30, 2014

    Sorry… meant to say… … …
    If you get stuck somewhere without those crushed chillies – let me know and we’ll post you some! We can get them easily enough nowadays and they’re pretty cheap… so we can send you a little present x

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 30, 2014

      Thanks!

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  7. Elle
    January 30, 2014

    Absolutely with you on the chilli!! When we lived in Lanzarote, we struggled to get anything hotter than a capsicum for a while. Occasionally we’d get a hot padron pepper, and we also tried pickled guindillas. So we used to get them posted to us… or a friend who grew his own would keep us supplied. Now we’re in mainland Spain it’s much easier.
    My other half (Alan) did some work in the Middle East a while back, and came home with all manner of spices and this amazing chilli sauce. Apparently it’s on all the tables in cafes over there… just like ketchup is in other countries. It’s mega spicy but has a slight sweetness to it too. Lovely sprinkled over food as a condiment – but it’s not for the faint hearted!
    What good is life without a bit of spice eh?
    I don’t think I pack anything really unusual… but when we eventually do our road trip, I think I’ll be matching some of the items you have.
    Elle x

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 30, 2014

      Gotta have some spice!!

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  8. Penny Sadler
    January 29, 2014

    I’m with you on the french press!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 30, 2014

      So happy I bought it.

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  9. Gran Canaria Local
    January 29, 2014

    Nothing would ever induce us to drink coffee from Nescafé, those notorious Third-World criminals. Also, we have a coffee plantation on the island. But we can see where you’re coming from with Tabasco.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 29, 2014

      I’ve always avoided it as well, but sometimes when you order coffee you think you’re getting a brewed pot and it’s really just that instant crap.

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  10. Melanie Murrish
    January 29, 2014

    My husband would probably forfeit one of the kids for that bottle of tabasco-we have the same bottle in our cupboard!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 29, 2014

      I’m quite happy that at least is easy to find.

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  11. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
    January 28, 2014

    I love this! I’m not a full-time traveler, but living in another country calls for asking friends and family to bring or ship things over!

    Since moving to Spain, most of my requests for visiting friends have revolved around food – a garlic press, potato masher, American measuring cups, brown sugar and vanilla extract have proved difficult to find or wildly expensive. As souvenirs, I always get a patch for my boyfriend and a lapel pin for me. Nice to know I can work at TGI Fridays with all of them!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 28, 2014

      We are VERY tempted to ask someone to ship us some Lucky Charms and Red Vines.

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  12. Mary
    January 28, 2014

    WE also carry a garlic press and have since day 1 as well as a veggie peeler (they are NOT created equally) . I have never regretted it at all. They take up such little space it’s worth it!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 28, 2014

      I thought of you when I got the garlic press. I forgot you also carry a vegetable peeler.

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  13. wanderingeducators
    January 28, 2014

    i agree with all items! although i think your coffee press is too small. LOL.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 28, 2014

      LOL! I’m sure you aren’t alone in that. 😉

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  14. Marty Aden
    January 28, 2014

    Great ideas! The next time I see a set of collapsible measuring cups, I’ll get them for you. You may some already, but if not, they will pack even smaller than what you have now.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 28, 2014

      I don’t have any. I was looking for them, but you wouldn’t believe how hard it was just to find these! LOL

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  15. Owen
    January 28, 2014

    Diatomaceous earth…an all natural solution to bed bugs and other nasty critters you may come across while traveling. And although it doesn’t taste very good – excellent for the nails and digestion. I never leave home without it!!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 28, 2014

      OK, I think you win for the most unusual item!

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  16. Hogga
    January 27, 2014

    sauces and seasoning are super necessary. Nothing sucks more than bland food.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 27, 2014

      Amen to that. Really need my spicy stuff, too. Europeans just don’t seem to be too interested in that type of flavor, though.

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  17. Calli
    January 27, 2014

    The garlic press is a brilliant idea! I don’t know how many times on the trip we’ve said “this would be perfect with a little garlic”…we always have some crackers and peanut butter/nutella just in case we end up in the middle of nowhere without any food!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 27, 2014

      This one is plastic so weighs next to nothing. Sure has come in handy a lot of times!

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  18. Carol Reese
    January 27, 2014

    For long term, we take the travel trailer. But a separate set of hair clippers is in there. I’ve cut Mr. Fred’s hair for many years. Both sets have long since paid for themselves. I make sure I get a good short cut before we take off on a trip. If it starts out short, I can go about 3 months with only trimming the bangs. But for short term, the only really unusual thing is a couple of scented candles. Even in no-smoking motel rooms, there’s often some odor, even if it’s just kind of stale from the room being closed up for a few hours without the AC going.
    And no matter how or where I’m going, I pretty much have a tote bag with patterns and crochet hooks and knitting needles and some yarn and thread. I can always pick up more thread or yarn almost anywhere. For a long car trip, and definitely with the travel trailer, my sewing machine and fabric for at least one or two projects goes along.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 27, 2014

      I like the convenience of doing it myself as well as the savings. I can do it in the bathroom and hop right into the shower to rinse it all off. So much easier.

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  19. Patti
    January 27, 2014

    No embarrassment necessary, I think those are great items! We try to travel minimalist too and on this road trip we are to the point of being absolutely sick of our few items of clothing, but it’s better than schlepping a big suitcase. Because of the nature of our business we “have” to carry a small portable office with us so that’s our unusual.

    Abi loathes not being able to find a “good” cup of coffee while traveling, even in the USA he has his preferences and will drive miles out of the way to get the better cup. It’s his fix!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      January 27, 2014

      I had been OK with crappy coffee for quite a while. I just figured it was the nature of the beast. But no more. I just can’t do it. I’d rather have no coffee than instant these days.

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