All lathered up

HBlog has been quiet for a while, and with good reason: My husband Esteban and I have been traveling for the past month. I began keeping a diary of sorts in the weeks leading up to our trip. Here’s the second entry — with many more to come.

Three weeks from today Esteban and I leave for Europe. With this milestone, of course, comes the realization that I. Must. Pack. Now!

Here are the parameters:
1. We’ll be gone four weeks.
2. I’m prone to rashes.
3. We’ll be visiting 12 cities. Or maybe 50.
4. We must pack light — and travel light (see #3).

If you glossed over #2, I don’t blame you. I’d rather not think about rashes either. But because I turn baboon-butt red if I use the wrong shampoo, I think about rashes a lot.

Anyway, my challenge was how to bring four weeks’ worth of toiletries without devoting my entire suitcase to plastic bottles. “If only they made collapsible shampoo bottles,” I thought to myself, “like those Platypus bags Esteban and I use for camping.”

A life-sucking rabbit-hole of Internet searches later, I’d found the solution: “Boobie Bags Soft Floppy Flasks.” Yes, you read that right.

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I’m sorry to report that I’m apparently not *ahem* “configured” enough to conceal a fifth of gin in my bra. And also, Google now thinks I’m an alcoholic (thank you for recommending rehab!). But on the plus side — and thanks to a comically tiny funnel — I can now pack my favorite non-rash-inducing toiletries.

Esteban is less enthusiastic, however. “Security will think it’s a bomb,” he said, “and they’ll just confiscate everything.” I added the labels from the bottles, just in case, but he remained unimpressed.

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“They’ll pop and leak all over your clothes,” Esteban said. See why he’s the unofficial logistics officer? Yeah. Well, hopefully the freezer-weight zippy bag will hold.

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And if not, you’ll soon be hearing from a woman with a red, scaly face and purple clothes.

Three weeks … and counting.

Postscript: The Boobie Bags Soft Floppy Flasks worked flawlessly. I still got a rash — but that’s another story for another day. Up next? Beautiful Bruges.


    • If I’m doing my math correctly, I was exactly 10,229 times *happier* than the woman pictured on the label, Señorita del Bosque — especially when I got to Paris and got to spend time with my dearest friends! xx

    • I’ve been compulsive about organization since I was very little. It’s an affliction, really — but I’m all for it if it brings you (and my ever-patient husband) a smile. 😀

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