Spring is always a busy travel season, April in particular. Last April I managed to achieve 4 time zones in 7 days, something I strongly recommend against. The only good that came of it was that I had a dreadful run on day 6 in Seattle and was about 4 weeks out from the Ogden half marathon at the time. I was worried I was just falling apart (I wasn’t- I had been in 4 time zones in 7 days) and ended up with my super-awesome running coach who got me through Ogden…and through 7- soon to be 8- more half marathons since then. Ultimately the travel travails worked out in my favor.
So, April again. On the road for 7 nights, 8 days. If I’ve learned one thing on these long business travel times, it’s that I should opt all-in for the things that keep me comfortable. So, what was in my bag this time to make sure I keep it together? A few things, most of them relatively small…
- Running gear, of course! Since it’s chilly on the East Coast this week, I’ve also got my Wizbang hat (#becauseMontana) and no running outfit is complete without one of my Fellow Flowers accessories. Today was a wildflower day, both in terms of my run and in terms of the work of the day.
- I’ve always been a fan of good tea, and my Winter Wonderland retreat in February re-started my habit. The Tea Spot, based in Boulder, has amazing teas and cool tea accessories too- like my Tuffy Steeper (which will be going to Alaska in June!). Travel teas for this round are Bolder Breakfast (did I mention Pu-erh, black tea, and Chocolate?!?) and Red Rocks.
- My Danielle LaPorte Desire Map Planner. This one really is all about comfort because it’s entirely focused on “core desired feelings.” An interesting framework, to be sure, but one I appreciate.
- Markers, various types in as many colors as I can stand. Because you just never know when the urge to doodle will strike and you shouldn’t fight the muse. All conveniently held in my Curly Girl Design “Cape and Tiara” bag.
- Last but not least, reading material for fun reading. Current fiction, current nonfiction, and this week’s New Yorker.
What are your creature comforts/ travel tips? Sure, I could travel lighter, but why?