It continues to rain in Mumbai, and it’s just been grey since Friday. I feel like Forrest Gump in Vietnam…”One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain… and big ol’ fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath. Shoot, it even rained at night…” Yes, I googled the quote and copy-pasted it. I never actually remember the movie quotes off-hand. Just being honest!
This is what things look like when the downpour slows down to a drizzle. I like being trapped in my house because of the rain sometimes (like now) and just stare out the window drinking coffee. I guess I can enjoy being trapped now, since I don’t have a job to get to in the morning or a cab to catch while heading back home. Aah, the joys of being a stay-at-home mom!
I was in a ruminating, list-making mood and was cleaning out my bookshelf when I found 2 things:
a) My copy of Style A To Zoe
b) An empty tin of Godiva chocolate pearls. I don’t know how it wound up on my bookshelf, but I remembered I used to keep a tin with me when I travelled. These two things inspired my post today.
Rachel Zoe may tell you that every fashionable girl’s essentials while travelling are a roomy tote, dark sunglasses and a black cashmere sweater or wrap, but I think differently. It’s important to keep your stuff in order, but equally important to make sure you have enough to eat while doing it. It’s not fashionable to be famished! So here’s my list.
1. Altoids or Fisherman’s Friend to prevent morning breath. If you’re feeling phancy and don’t mind the calories, then After Eights, though they won’t be as effective.
2. Tea bags in your favourite flavour in case the airline/train food is getting nauseating and you need some comfort. I love the floral hints of bergamot in Early Grey.
3. Jolly Ranchers or any other hard candy to chew on if you have issues with your ears popping on a flight.
4. Breadsticks, granola bars or loose granola in a ziplock or a small airtight container for when you get hungry. Or you can make your own travel mix with nuts and dry fruits.
5. A bottle of mineral water. To Keep Oneself Hydrated At All Times Is Very Good For One’s System. Except if you’re travelling by bharatiya rail and have a small bladder.
6. And my favourite: a tin of Godiva Chocolate Pearls for added indulgence :) These are gloosy little berries from heaven :)
Fellow travellers, what treats do you like to tote around?