A short list of things we’ve bought

20 Nov

We’ve not bought much stuff, other than food, for obvious reasons.  We don’t have much space  in our bags, and we’re travelling on a budget, which we’d rather spend on glass bottom boat trips than stuff.  But sometimes we buy things, including the following:

  • Spongebob pants from Walmart, for the boys.  The Lazy Town pants they left home with were a little on the small side and I wouldn’t want to cause them any permanent damage.  Walmart was quite an experience.  I may lead a sheltered life, but I’ve never been in a shop that’s so very BIG, which such an astonishing range of goods.  The ‘No Soliciting’ sign outside was particuarly charming.
  • A largish selection of small plastic stuff from Disneyland, sparkly hair things, tiny Mickey Star Wars figures, a squeezy skull with eyeballs and tongues inside, most of which has already been lost or broken.  That was money well spent.
  • Heavy duty greasy American suncream to replace the thin, weedy Boots stuff, which wasn’t standing up to all the swimming.
  • A doobrey for listening to our iPod in the car.  There’s only so much local radio we can take.
  • Two masks and snorkels.  The beauty of the off-shore reefs is astounding.  We couldn’t miss that.
  • Superglue for fixing an ornament at the house we’re staying in.  I’m sure it will come in useful more than once.
  • Mosquito repellent and anti-itch stuff.  As usual, I’ve been eaten alive and am now liberally sprinkled with infuriatingly itchy spots.  I’ve even managed to kill a couple of the little buggers mid-feed.  That was satisfying.
  • Two books for the children ‘The Adventures of Ook and Gluck, Kung Fu cavemen from the future’ and ‘Tangled’, the novelisation of Disney’s new Rapunzel film.  Both have been read at least once, and are about to be donated to the family we’re staying with.  There’s a Borders just down the road…
  • A bucket and spade for the youngest member of the family.  He’s more of a landlubber than a fish.
  • A Hawaiian flag.  Just because.
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12 Responses to “A short list of things we’ve bought”

  1. Olly Tuck 20/11/2010 at 8:42 am #

    Do you mean the red white and blue BRITISH(!) Hawaiian flag or the red gold and green more native affair?

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=hawaiian+flag&FORM=BIFD#

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/11/2010 at 2:55 am #

      The red, white and blue one. Obviously.

  2. Rosie Scribble 20/11/2010 at 10:52 am #

    Brilliant. Sounds like you’re having a great time. Laughed at the superglue purchase though!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/11/2010 at 3:16 am #

      It’s always quite nerve wracking staying at other people’s homes. Hotels are less personal, but safer on the breakage front.

  3. Eileen 20/11/2010 at 10:53 am #

    Feel free to post a box along the way. We’re happy to find a bit of room in the basement to store until your return.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/11/2010 at 2:55 am #

      Thanks Eileen! My SIL has also offered.

  4. TheMadHouse 20/11/2010 at 9:21 pm #

    I always have glue in my bag, what does that tell you about the boys?

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/11/2010 at 2:56 am #

      Yet another similarity between our children!

  5. muddynosugar 21/11/2010 at 7:01 am #

    That is a fine collection, of travelling essentials most of which you won’t find listed in any travel guide….I think the spongebob pants are the winner. X

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 22/11/2010 at 4:38 am #

      I aim to inform…

  6. MummyT 25/11/2010 at 7:33 pm #

    Snorkels and masks are a total travel essential if you’re anywhere with reef. Well worth finding space for…

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/11/2010 at 6:23 pm #

      We’ve had so much use from them already, we’re going to keep them for now.

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