A big thank you to Kathy A for my new t-shirt. I imagine I'll be wearing it a lot. But enough about me and my wardrobe. I'd like to introduce my latest invention.I have been looking for the perfect gift for my friends who travel. My first thought was to give them ear plugs and eyeshades, items I've found useful for sleeping in noisy places like planes, buses and Italian hotel rooms. Then I went to the web for other useful travel items that people might not think of. First at the 43 Folders Wiki, I looked at Packing Hacks in the Travel Hacks section. The only advice: Duct Tape. When I found small rolls of duct tape, I thought, bingo! a case for other useful items!
Then I checked OneBag, where they also suggested duct tape, and many other things including bandannas and universal sink stoppers.
The eyeshade was my big problem. It's easy to find cheap polyester eyeshades, but you might as well cover your eyes with a plastic wrapper. Until Sarah E gave me the idea of using the bandanna as an eyeshade. The extra bonus is that you can do far more with a bandanna than you can with an eyeshade. Even a nice eyeshade from a fancy airline.
As for the binder clips, I plan to have a posting this week to illustrate some of the many uses for these versatile fasteners. Because their most famous use is the binding of the Hipster PDA, I am hoping that Merlin Mann will not mind my appropriation of the "Hipster" label for this travel kit.
The Hipster Travel Kit Contents:
- Universal sink stopper (or jar top gripper);
- Duct tape: the Handyman’s Secret Weapon;
- Bandana: dust-mask, eyeshade, hanky, flag
- Cord: clothesline, fastener;
- Binder Clips: emergency clothing repair, cufflinks, keyring;
- Ear plugs: for sleeping in noisy places and protecting your hearing in clubs and at concerts; and
- Bottle protector: for wrapping the contents of the travel kit.