|Travel journals I've used during the past couple decades.|
|For the Netherlands, I went back to a trusty Rhodia.|
in transit, I don’t like to pull my full daily-carry Rickshaw bag out of my under-seat
backpack (which also contains other travel essentials). The travel journal,
though, is easily accessible in my small in-transit bag (for lack of a better
term; more on that later), along with a few drawing implements. When I’m on the
light rail train or waiting at the airport, for example, it’s an easy grab.
Dude on the light rail train.
- I like
making quick sketches of our beverages while we wait for our meals. (I rarely
sketch my food, however; photos document that.) The pocket-size Rhodia is
discreet and handy when I don’t have much space on the table.
- Sometimes the little notebook is what I happen to have at hand – literally. Walking through the botanical garden in Amsterdam, I suddenly spotted a heron – “Adam,” the symposium mascot – and sketching one had been a personal goal for the trip. Afraid that Adam would fly off if I delayed, I quickly sketched in the journal with the ballpoint I had been writing with. (It turned out that Adam was in no hurry, so I had plenty of time to make a more leisurely sketch later.)
|Bus ticket stub|
|A handy place for a sticker and related note.|
|In the evenings in our hotel room, I review the photos I've taken|
that day and print just a few of the most memorable moments.
In addition to a travel journal, the second essential element to my overall travel kit is what I call my in-transit bag. For several years I used a mini-size Rickshaw Zero Messenger Bag – a smaller version of my daily-carry Rickshaw – in a classy-looking herringbone fabric. The last time Rickshaw had a sale, I sprang for a second mini bag, this time in a bright red waterproof fabric, that I took to Holland. It doesn’t look much smaller than the daily-carry purple bag from the front, but from the side, you can see that it has a much slimmer profile.
The photo below shows everything I typically carry in it (not shown: phone and passport). Note the purple pen case that holds four implements. It’s a Rickshaw Clover Pen Sleeve. Like the Tran Portfolio case I use for colored pencils, the sleeve keeps my few pens and pencils upright and easy to find. This bag is used during transit only; once I reach my destination, its contents go back into my daily-carry.
|Creature comforts and entertainment for the long flight.|