The Russians have a term — avoska — for a small tote bag carried “just in case.” Theirs were used for the random times where lines spontaneously formed for things like bananas. When lines appeared, people would join even if they weren’t certain what was on offer (on the grounds that, if people were lining up, something good must be for sale)!
In the same “Be Prepared” spirit, such a reusable tote bag is one of the smartest things a no-budget traveler can stash in the outer pockets of their luggage or in their handbag.
- I have saved significant money by transferring additional kilos/lbs of luggage out of overweight checked suitcases and into my tote to carry on instead.
- I always have one along for grocery purchases in (environmentally responsible) countries where a paper/plastic bag is not free.
- I often use mine as a daytrip bag, allowing me to easily carry a lunch, snacks, thermos, water bottle, scarf, sweater and guidebook (as well as any purchases).
The nice folks at Wellcare want you to have this tote for free. It appears to have nice long straps for shoulder carrying. If you don’t like the design, I recommend you simply turn it inside out!
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- More packing advice to really pack it in!