EACH TIME I TRAVEL there is always something that I end up leaving behind. The item I leave behind (invariably it’s my toothbrush that I leave on the side of the sink at home) is usually something that I can claim from front desk, purchase from a local store or do without for the duration of the trip.
When I travel, I am of the school of thought that as long as you have your passport and a credit card you’ll be OK. However, I have learnt there is one thing that is great to include in your hand luggage. You don’t need it and you can certainly live without it - but it’s one of those things that I am so grateful to have included when setting off to the airport.
I truly believe that the humble pack of Playing Cards can rescue any wait in the lounge for a delayed connection, be a great social game for an evening in a hotel bar with your travelling companion, is a more interesting activity when your novel starts to bore you and is also a way to pass the evening on your suite balcony before heading out to dinner.
A recent flight delay was made just a little bit easier by a game of rummy - our game quickly became very competitive and was a very welcome distraction from the unexpected hours spent in the lounge. One of the most surprising benefits of a pack of cards was that we were not at the mercy of the depleting battery life and having to hunt for a power socket to continue our entertainment!
If you can carry a carry-on, you can include a pack of cards, which can be picked up from almost anywhere and take up hardly any space or weight allowance.
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Sarah Bryans 15/11/15