Gail’s 10 Travel Commandments & Staying Healthy on the Road (Important for Writers)

Although my travel season has ended, I realize that it is likely you, Gentle Reader, are getting ready to head off various places for the holidays. In consequence, I felt it might be time to fix and reboot this blog post. Also I was recently asked on Goodreads about how I stay healthy when traveling, so I thought I would add a bit on that at the end.

Gail’s 10 Travel Commandments

  1. Thou shalt not eat ice cream, fish, beans, or onion-based foods directly before a flight.
  2. Thou shalt wear socks, deodorant, and a wide warm scarf for air travel.
  3. Thou shalt not wear perfume, after-shave, or difficult shoes.
  4. It is better to buy a sandwich and not eat it than to go hungry.
  5. Thou shalt pack extra necessities and underthings in the carry on, in case of stranding.
  6. Remember the seat-back in front of you. (Make yourself a seat pocket kit to quickly stash after boarding: reading material, pen, phone, itinerary, passport/ID, chapstick, breath mints/gum, tea bags, tissues, ear buds.)
  7. Thou shalt not over indulge in sugar or alcohol, your immune system has enough to deal with.
  8. Thou shalt not eat sushi in a land-locked state.
  9. Thou shalt not dangle: fit it in your bag or wear it, never strap it on.
  10. No backpacks. Really, you, tall dude, no backpack – stop beaning me in the head.


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Don Toth asked Gail Carriger on Goodreads:

How do you stay well and fit when on the road?

  • Gloves. I have perennially cold hands and a vintage look. Gloves go with both, but they also keep me from getting sick from constantly shaking hands.
  • On planes I work extra hard never to touch my face and I wash my hands regularly at airports. I also carry individually wrapped anti-bacterial Wet Ones, I find them more useful than hand sanitizer.
  • I drink alcohol only once or twice at a convention, and only if I know I can sleep in the next morning.
  • I try to always get 8 hours sleep.
  • I don’t eat fried food or sugar on the road, and I gravitate towards lean protein and leafy green vegetables if at all possible.
  • I have Yoga Paws and I try to stretch in my hotel room.
  • I take the stairs at conventions and in hotels if at all possible. Actually… I pretty much always take stairs.
  • I soak my feet in hot hot water and baking soda every night, no matter how drunk or how tired. The world is always worse if my feet hurt. (I ADORED these Fiji Pedicure sets, but they are spendy)
  • But… I still do get sick. It’s hard, particularly on a major book tour.

Fun Extras

Epoch Time: A Sense of Place
A Walk in London 1807

“In travelling it is as well to take with one one’s own tea. You will by this means ensure a better article in all probability, and one often gets accustomed to a special flavour, and prefers it to any other. With a home-comfort, or an etna, one can be perfectly independent, and provide tea for oneself at any hour of the day or night. A capital little arrangement is a perforated cup of bright metal, with a cover, which fits upon an ordinary teacup. The tea is placed in this receptacle, and the water poured upon it. A few minutes suffice for the drawing, and then the tea-maker, with the used leaves, is bodily lifted out, and a capital cup of tea remains.”
~ Hints to Lady Travellers: At Home and Abroad (Royal Geographic Society) by Lillias Campbell Davidson (1889) N

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

 Journal des Demoiselles Date-  Sunday, August 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 128

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“The Dirigible” via OMG that Dress Tumblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Octopuses are “Scary Smart”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“In the mainstream press, romance novels are a joke. Despite raking in $1.08 billion in 2013, the industry is still derided as worthless. Maybe it’s because 84% of all romance readers are women, and romance writers are mostly women, as well.” ~ Jenny Trout

Book News:
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Quote of the Day:
“Don’t be an ass. I’m engaged to Miss Bassett.”
“Indeed, sir? I was not aware——”
“Nor was I. It came as a complete surprise.”
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse


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