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Packing | 8 Things I’m Glad I Brought Around The World

My Blankie

Almost without interruption since I was a baby, I have slept with my Great Gram-crafted blankie. I am onto my second official blankie now, having been robbed of my shabby pink original on a trip to San Francisco when I was 19. (I don’t want to talk about it. Still too painful.) After that, I commandeered my brother’s abandoned blue blanket and have been toting it on my adventures ever since. I don’t know how people get by without a blankie of their own while traveling. I use mine for all manner of things – pillow, makeshift curtain, pashmina, evening gown; not to mention it beats paying $7 or more for a meaningless, unfamiliar, possibly unsanitary airplane blanket.

Multipurpose blankie: great for sleeping in ferry terminals


I’m wired. On my current journey, I have a laptop, Canon G12, Kindle, shockproof/waterproof camera, iPhone, iPod, underwater headphones, two external hard drives and all accompanying cords and chargers and accessories. Unfortunately I think I’m more addicted to my gadgets than I was before I left – they’re my only lifeline to normalcy back home.

PS – Now that you know the pricier contents of my bag, please don’t rob me.

My Love, Beverly Hills XX Necklace

I may be biased since I had a hand in creating this necklace, but what can I say? It’s my favorite travel accessory and I never leave home without it.

Wrinkle Cream, Moisturizer & SPF 30

Just because I’m jaunting about on a carefree worldwide adventure doesn’t mean I can afford to neglect my skin. I do not have any intention of ever looking any older than I look right now, so facial care products are a must, no matter how much room they take up in my bag and how silly they must look to the 19-year-old European backpackers I share hostel dorms with.

My Jacket

Such a good purchase! My Ann Taylor jacket is the only bit of outerwear I have with me on this leg of the journey, and it’s just light enough to be functional in warm weather while still keeping me warm in England’s chilly summer.


I chucked my scissors in my bag at the last minute and have used them at least weekly along the way. Definitely bring!

My Journal

Since I’m always blogging or freelancing or keeping up with friends via email, I am usually too tired to write in my journal, but I’m so glad I have it. When I do have occasion to write, it’s usually the trials, tribulations and complaints that I don’t feel I can tell anyone else. Never fear, readers. If I do get to write that book about my adventure, all will be revealed in due time!

Business Cards

I printed 1,000 business cards before I left and I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that I did. It saved me writing my email address & blog down 1,000 times!

Up next… What I Should Have Left Behind

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  • July 27, 2011
    Mary Cisko

    Hi Angie! Just want to add a hug to your blankie!!! Mary

  • July 27, 2011
    Dina Mills

    I always love “counting blessings”! Is there a story behind the creation of the XX necklace? Inquiring minds, yanno… 🙂

    • July 27, 2011

      Yes! I did a project last year for one of my clients, Beverly Hills. We worked with a 90210-based jewelry designer to create the XX necklace and it’s been my favorite thing to wear ever since =)

  • July 27, 2011

    This is great timing as I’m in the midst for packing for four months RTW! Also, I haven’t taken my XX necklace off in nearly a year either–keeps me connected to you 😉

    • July 30, 2011

      There are a handful of people who have the necklace and I am so glad you are one of them. It’s like my very own little BFF charm =)

  • July 27, 2011

    oh that damn blankie…bahahaha

    agree! that ann taylor jacket was an excellent purchase. good thing i made you go shopping with me. 🙂

    p.s. while i also love my xx necklace, you do need some gold jewelry. just sayin’


    • July 30, 2011

      I was saying this in your cartoon voice today for Katie… she approves =)

  • July 28, 2011

    Hey girl, and hi…
    I thought Gram made you another blankie of your own?

    • July 30, 2011

      I don’t think I got another one after the incident… but I can’t remember. At any rate the material she used for the original blankies was different than the newer ones, so I had to steal Alex’s =)

  • July 29, 2011

    Okay, I bring a blanket with me too and I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one! My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy for the space it takes up but when we are on an over air conditioned flight or bus, guess who is the one trying to snuggle?

    Basically, blankets rule.

    • July 30, 2011

      Blankets rule and so do the adult women who love them!

  • July 30, 2011

    Haha…. Know what you mean about the anti-wrinkle cream! Gotta start early!

  • August 01, 2011

    A blankie… maybe that’s what I’ve been missing?!? Seriously though, every time I leave on a trip I wish I had thought to remember a journal. As much as I like gadgets, too, it’s sometimes easier to just write it down on paper.

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