Provisions: Things for travelers to buy, read or consume

A pack of three Pee Pockets costs $4.95.
A pack of three Pee Pockets costs $4.95.


▪ The Pee Pocket

$4.95 (pack of three);

We know it may sound like a hair-brained business scheme that Kramer used to devise on the old “Seinfeld” sit-com, but “The Pee Pocket” is an actual item available at fine stores near you and, of course, on the Web. It’s marketed for the woman on-the-go and women who have to go when out in the wilderness or on a long car trip or, you know. You gotta love a product that, according to its makers, will appeal to “athletes, travelers, the elderly, disabled, pregnancy, parents of young girls, post-surgery patients.”


▪ Nomaterra Fragrance Wipes

$20; box of 12;

Perhaps after using the previous item, you’ll want to freshen up with sanitary wipes scented like bucolic “modern women” who travel. You’re only supposed to dab the wipes on “pulse points,” not wipe yourself clean, since each wipe is equivalent to three or four “spritzes of perfume from a bottle.” Guys might like it, too. After a hard, sweaty trail run, I swiped my body with the Malibu Honeysuckle wipe, which was a lot nicer smelling than my Dusty Auburn Trails aroma.


▪ Top 10 Historical Homes from Literature

The website Virtual Tourist wants us to learn something on our next vacation, with tours of these famous literary locales:

1. Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2. Birthplace of Dracula, Sighisoara, Romania

3. Juliet’s House, Verona, Italy (Note: Yes, we know she’s a fictional character, but the website states “This house belonged to a 14th century Veronese family, which just might have been one of the families Shakespeare had in mind.”

4. Maison Victor Hugo, Paris

5. Down House, Downe, Kent, England (Charles Darwin’s home)

6. Karen Blixen (“Out of Africa”) Home, Kenya

7. Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, New York (Hudson River Valley)

8. Hans Christian Anderson Birthplace, Odense, Denmark

9. Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California (Sure, if you want to call yellow journalism “literature”)

10. Green Gables Heritage Place, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada (“Anne of Green Gables”)


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Compiled by Sam McManis,