Here are all the life-saving uses for my scarf, which I stuffed into my suitcase at the last second:
- As a head covering when it starts to pour
- As a light jacket when it turns instantly cold at 6p
- As a pillow when I ball it up and take a bus nap
- As sunscreen when I wrap it around my peeling neck
- As a tie to secure my laundry bag to my messenger bag so I don’t leave my laundry in the taxi (again)
- As a blanket when I’m cold at night
- As a seat covering when the chair is wet or muddy
- To carry my baby. No, wait. That’s not me. But if I had one, I could totally carry it hands-free!
- As a head wrap when I’m on my 4th day of unwashed hair. What? Bucket bathing and/or ice cold showering is kind of tricky when your hair is a curly mess.
- As a purse when I tie it up and carry it over my shoulder
- As a lens case when I wrap it around an un-cased lens in the fanny pack. Did I just say fanny pack? I meant my rugged Eddie Bauer hip bag.
- As a microfiber cloth (it’s not) to clean any laptop screen, glasses, sunglass, lens, phone or ipad
- As a fancy accessory when I’m wearing my blue shirt for the third time.
And so me and my scarf have triumphed over the conservative packer that tried to talk me out of these types of indulgences. Ladies, if you travel, bring your scarf- it’s magical!