As noted on our France trip, when touring around I always carry my trusted Pan Am Airlines shoulder bag. It’s light, not a bulky as a camera bag or other "man purse" and I get to fill it with crap. This vacation’s contents included the following:
- Camera (HP Photosmart E427)
- Small First Aid Kit
- Room Key
- Disinfectant hand cream
- Spanish phrasebook
- Moleskine Notebook
- 2 pens
- 2 pounds of Mexican coins adding up to a total of $2.35
- Mini Swiss Army Knife on a Carabineer with Mini Compass, that didn’t work at all
I also wore my trusty straw hat, now entering its fourth year of service, and a bit worse for wear. It has lost most of its stiffness, and is sagging terribly. I need to find some way to stiffen it back into a proper shape. Maybe hairspray. I will work on this when we get back.
Another equipment note, I am still using my Toshiba Portege 2000 notebook for travel, it recovered from its wine ingestion last year, but a few days ago the keyboard went wonky. The arrows quit, then the "a" key quit as well, and soon other keys were pretty spotty in their response. It turned out that the heat by the pool loosened the cable connector of the keyboard. I was able to use the swiss army knife to disassemble the keyboard and reconnect the cable. Pain in the butt, but it lives to serve another trip.
The bag is big enough for the laptop at times, or a sixpack of beer, maps, shoes, or some other alternating thing for the moment. I have certainly gotten my 35 Euros worth out of it.