If there is anything I have learned in the last seven years from living on the road, it is that there are 6 critical things you must have to survive. For me they are hard, fast rules. Here's my list:
1. A current, valid US Passport. Obvious, right? If you have ever gotten to the customs desk and misplaced your passport you know what I mean.
2. The second is even more obvious to me. A toothbrush! If you don't believe me, take a trans-Atlantic flight and don't pack one in your carry on. You'll see! There is nothing worst than falling asleep as the the plane leaves JFK and waking up in Paris with something dead in your mouth!
3. You need to have the ability to sleep ANYWHERE and be happy about it. This little virtue has come in handy on numerous occasions, especially when I travel with Launi. We never know where we are going to end up.
4. The fourth thing is the knowledge of knowing where every Starbucks in the entire world is located. Now, you all may think this is odd considering I don't drink coffee but they always have really fast Wi-fi for my computer...and they do make great vanilla steamers.
5. You've gotta have cute shoes. If you are a girl, you understand. If you don't, take some estrogen. Traveling with comfortable shoes is important but making sure they are cute is essential.(This rule is pretty much chiseled in stone. Life is too short to wear ugly shoes.)
6. A best friend. Life on the road, whether vacationing or working requires a best friend. Although my husband Al is great to travel with, nothing could ever compare to Launi. Never have two girls perfected the art of doing nothing like we have. We are totally content to do nothing in Cancun, Rome, Paris, Praque.. you name it. But the overwhelming advantage to traveling with Launi is that she knows where to buy the best gelato in every city in Europe. And that is priceless!