Small Comforts: Our Own Bags and Soap

As we mentioned in our post about getting from Denver to Bangkok, we had a tight connection in Beijing. Fortunately, we made the connection… Unfortunately our bags did not.

We always keep a small bag of toiletries with us in carry on for plane use, but this mostly consists of toothbrushes and lotion. We were very thankful to have that for our first night in Bangkok!

Thai Airways promised us that they would deliver our bags the following day, and lucky for us, they did. Our bags arrived about 5pm the day after we did. It seemed like a smooth process, but we had help from our hostel owner who had dealt with this before…

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When we received our bags!!

 

It is so nice to have access to soap again! Especially in a sticky, humid environment!

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Small Comforts: Drinking Tap Water

There are a few small comforts that we run into now and then that really make us feel better while traveling…

It hadn’t really been that long, but we didn’t drink the tap water in Turkey without purifying first. A lot of people buy water, but we normally use our Steripen to make the water safe to drink. This is really a simple and easy process, but still gets tiring after awhile.

We were excited to be able to drink straight tap water starting when we passed through London on our way home for the holidays.

Enjoying a FREE tap water at a restaurant at Heathrow

Enjoying a FREE tap water at a restaurant at Heathrow

Small Comforts: Conditioner

There are a few small comforts that we run into now and then that really make us feel better while traveling…

There are certain normal comforts that I chose to give up while traveling. One of them was hair conditioner. It just didn’t seem practical to carry large bottles of conditioner around the world and it didn’t fit easily in our toiletry kit (especially after we decided to try shampoo bars). Instead, I chose to bring one small, travel bottle of conditioner which I would use sparingly.

I have gone without conditioner quite happily for most of the days on the trip, however, there are some days when it is just fantastic to use it! Smooth, unknotted hair, easy to brush right out of the shower – that’s a true small comfort!

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*In case it wasn’t clear – this was a Della post. =)

Small Comforts: Family

There are a few small comforts that we run into now and then that really make us feel better while traveling…

OK, so I actually think this counts as a large comfort. After hours of traveling, more than a month in a new continent, it is an amazing feeling to get off a plane in a foreign city and find your family there waiting for you!

We were so fortunate that Eric’s parents were able to take a holiday and meet us in Prague for 10 days. Because of our long layover in Munich, they actually arrived before we did and were waiting for us at baggage claim! How wonderful!

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Small Comforts

There are a few small comforts that we run into now and then that really make us feel better while traveling…

Small Comfort 1: Clean fingernails!

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As you can imagine, camping for 25 days is sandy, dusty, desert-y climates can make you dirty! There was almost nothing better than those first few (unfortunately, very few) minutes after a shower when the fingernails were clean!

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