Typically, when I take a trip I have a tendency to forget my swimsuit or favorite toothpaste. No problem, just find the nearest Wal-Mart for a cheap solution to the problem (I now own five swimsuits). However, now that I have begun traveling between planets the dire gravity of misplacing any number of essentials rises to a new level. With each new adventure I take the list of things I need to remember grows. So far, my experiences have contributed to the following list of items I need/ wish for:
ü Good running shoes (who knows what will be chasing me by the end of the day?)
ü A flashlight and glow sticks (I never know how long the sun will be up on any planet)
ü A compass (as if that would help)
ü A map (ha!)
ü My translator/ personal shield ~ I have to choose one at a time. Not always an easy choice.
ü Sweet snacks (peace offering?)
ü My digital camera with pictures of Earth saved on it
ü Ray gun (of course!)
ü A lighter/ matches
ü Pen & notepad
ü Sunscreen (1000 proof)
ü The universal manual on alien etiquette
It’s the last item that I really wish someone would give me. How could anyone even imagine that you have to pat your tummy when complimenting a Fre-ank or lay on the ground to address a Spaorn Monk? Live and learn, right? I’ll keep you posted and try to add to this list from time to time.