Some random things that occurred to me late (very, very late) last night:

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I firmly believe that there are some key things that everyone should take on a trip with them. These include:

  • Saline nasal spray. Keeps your nose from drying out on those long airline rides. I think that I left mine at home.
  • Anti-inflammatory analgesic. The drug of choice is usually Advil (did you know you can’t by the stuff in Hong Kong?), though on this trip I’m test-driving extra-strength aspirin. Tylenol is not recommended as it does absolutely nothing for sprains and strains.
  • Imodium AD. It just works. That, and trying to explain what you need to a hotel clerk who doesn’t speak your language particularly well at 2:30 in the morning isn’t my idea of fun. So save yourself the hassle and bring it with you. Also, the only pharmacies that you can find when you’re traveling are only open from 12:30 to 2:15 on alternate Tuesdays (this holds true even when you’re visiting a 24-hour city like Vegas or New York).
  • Athletic tape. Useful for all sorts of things.
  • A pocket knife. Though I will freely admit that the hassle of bringing a small knife on a trip these days probably outweighs its usefulness. Which is why I left mine at home. The fact that I couldn’t find it has nothing to do with my decision at all.
  • If your flight is more than 6 hours, a change of clothes is highly recommended.

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