Packing for the Amazing Race is almost as stressful as the race itself. So we went to a pro. We asked Martha what we should pack on the race and we got five great tips – not only for the Amazing Race, but for anyone taking a long trip. Here’s what Martha told us to pack:
1. Packets of real lemon juice. It’s important to keep healthy on the Race. Lemon juice is a natural disinfectant that can be used to clean surfaces. It can also be added to drinking water to kill some germs, and mask unpleasant tastes. (Though of course it won’t make non-potable water potable.) Real lemon juice also contains Vitamin C which may keep some illnesses at bay. Because the Race involves multiple airports, it’s great that the packets are small enough to take through airport security.
2. Dried figs. Most fruits lose much of their nutrition when dried, however figs don’t. Dried figs are high in folic acid and potassium. Plus they have a lot of fiber to combat travelers constipation.
3. Brightly colored pencils. With the many different locations you’ll hopefully be visiting, it might be helpful to color code your notes when writing down clues and travel itineraries. And since you cannot bring a camera with you, you can also sketch the sites you see to help remember them later. And hopefully you’ll be in the race long enough so that you can give them away as gifts to children that you meet along the way.
4. Lavender oil. Lavender fragrance is a potent relaxation aid. Since it’s doubtful that you’ll have room to pack a travel pillow, you can dab a touch of lavender oil on the airline pillows and be well rested for the next leg of the race.
5. T-Shirt translations. The most helpful travel tool is politeness. Use an iron-on transfer to make a T-shirt that has the phrases “Please,” “Thank You,” and “Have you seen Phil Keoghan around here?” printed in every possible language.