I’m joining Coco and Deborah for our last hot beverage meetup of the year! Seriously, how is that even possible? I’m sharing some of my favorite travel tools (this post contains Amazon affiliate links). These are what I bring when I’m driving to my destination and have room.
If we were enjoying tea/coffee: Travel Tool 1
I’d tell you that the travel tea kettle (Amazon Affiliate link click here) did its job awesomely. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it will keep your water warm . . . forever (or for a long time anyway). Would I travel with this by plane? I know I’d want to, but it definitely takes up some room. Remember id does squish down.
If we were enjoying tea/coffee: Travel Tool 2
I’d tell you about an oldie but a goodie: my mini crockpot (Amazon Affiliate link click here). In the national park there was no mini fridge or mini refrigerator in our room (there was a Keurig). I was able to warm up the english muffins I’d brought with me using the mini crockpot I’ve had forever — and make my oatmeal overnight before that on race day. I’ve had mine for almost 10 years!
If we were enjoying tea/coffee: Travel Tool 3
I’d tell you had that little brush I bought to clean off the treads of my running shoes (Amazon Affiliate link click here) is awesome. Before I’d have little dried bits of mud or leaves coming off all over the house. Now I can just brush it off right after my run and it’s so much better.
If we were enjoying tea/coffee: Travel Tool 4
I’d tell you about another oldie but goodie: my heating coil (Amazon Affiliate link click here — this link is not to my specific heating coil because I’ve had it so long). That’s how I’ve made tea when I travel for decades when I had no other way.
I brought it along as a back up — it takes up very little space. I actually used it! I’d made some tea, put it in the thermos I sip it from, and then forgot about it at some point. I wanted to finish it later, but I didn’t want to reheat tea in my travel kettle — I know, weird, but I only want to heat water with the kettle.
Mr. Judy suggested I just use the heating coil to reheat it. D’oh! That worked great.
If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I do not know what the heck is going on with Bandit. He had an accident at my mom’s. We were actually able to eat in the dining room, so we’d left him gated into the kitchen (thankfully, as the rest of the apartment is carpeted). We weren’t even away that long — less than two hours, I’d guess. We’ve been doing this for years (pre Pandemic, anyway).
On top of that he’s gotten incredibly balky about walking now that it’s colder. He’s eager to go but he puts the brakes on really quickly. I don’t know if it’s the coats (he hates coats) or just that the weather is colder. Or that he’s old (about 14). He usually loves to walk, but he actually was balky about walking on one particular trail at Thacher Park last month when it wasn’t so cold and wasn’t wearing a coat.
He has a annual next week so maybe we’ll get some answers. Maybe it’s just old age but it’s been incredibly frustrating lately, because it takes time to suit us all up nowadays!
If Bandit doesn’t walk, Mr. Judy doesn’t walk. I’ve taken to just going on to walk on my own when they turn around for home.
Update 12/1/22: Today he walked just fine, and it was a nasty, cold, windy day. Go figure.
Are you prepared for the holidays or beginning to get anxious?
Not a big deal for me; I’m Jewish. Hannukah isn’t a big deal unless you’re a kid.
Any favorite travel tools to share?
How has running surprised you recently?
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