Bring an Umbrella
I was in Florida recently for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (I was a guest of Certified Angus Beef). As you may have read I didn’t sleep so well, but I still took a lot away—including a travel tip or two. When I asked one of the food bloggers on the trip what her best travel tip was, she said: Always bring an umbrella. That’s not what I was expecting, but it’s a good one!
I always carry a compact umbrella in my carry-on. What’s funny is that I bought one for Natalie and of course, on our next trip a few weeks later, we were walking from the Tube to our hotel in London and it started to rain. I quickly grabbed my umbrella and asked why she wasn’t using hers. She said she hadn’t brought it because she didn’t like the colors of the one I bought her. I tried not to make any any remarks but she knew I was right (for once) in saying she should have brought it, and you’ll be happy to know that she now carries a plain black compact umbrella instead of the colorful one I gave her. Moral of the story: Always bring an umbrella. You can get them in any department store, or grab one of these on Amazon.com.
FYI: In the photo above, my dad came prepared on one of our days in Ischia, Italy.
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