by Maggie Toussaint
There are rules about carry-on luggage on planes these days that cramp my style. In the past, I'd bring unsweetened tea from home to sip as I traveled. But there's that liquid rule now, so that's out. Iced tea in airports can be all kinds of weird. If you're particular about your tea, and I am, you are rarely satisfied with bottled/canned tea or fruit-flavored tea. If I ever run up on a terrorist, I'm going to give him a piece of my mind for ruining iced tea travel for me.
My carry-on bag is the most important part of any trip. It has snacks, books, a jacket, a computer, puzzles, my hat, a change of underclothes and socks, any medications I might be taking, reading glasses, my purse, and OTC stuff for headaches. With these essentials, I can survive most anything.
an accidental tourist if there ever was one