Now just over a month into our trip, there are certain activities that used to be everyday occurrences for us that we now consider gifts when we get them. It's easy to take something for granted when you have it everyday, and effortless to forget how lucky we usually are. Traveling this month has made me so much more grateful, and conscious of every gift we get.
My number one gift on the road is a hot shower. I never realized just how important they were to me until I no longer had them. Traveling all day in buses and by plane until the middle of the night leaves me craving a shower to clean off, wash my hair etcetera. When there is no choice but to take a cold one, that sudden release of tension that was hoped for at the end of the long day is gone. Washing away the dirt and grime of the road suddenly becomes a speed race, and I usually choose to skip the hair wash as long as I can, not only to save shampoo, but to shorten the experience as much as I can.
The top item on Joe's list is being able to do laundry with ease. He misses having clothes with the fresh dryer smell, soft, clean ready to wear. We have been doing laundry primarily in the sink, with little packets of Woolite and then leaving them to hang dry after drying them as much as possible with our microfiber towels. This leaves clothes relatively clean, when we do wash them. However, seeing that we are moving around fairly often, we really only focus on spot cleaning bigger items, and washing socks and undergarments.
I think Joe and I just admitted to being the stinky kids. Oh well, I guess that's life on the road.