Travel light is a motto I like to follow when going anywhere, but one item I cannot do without no matter where I am is a bobble.
I’m a big fan of water. But I’ve never really been able to find the right fit for a water bottle. That is until I was standing in the checkout line at Old Navy one day, half-glancing over at the shelves expecting to see those weird things no one ever buys and instead having my mind blown by what I saw:
Fast forward to today, and the bobble water bottle has become the unofficial mascot of my traveling life.
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the bobble company nor do they, or have they ever, paid me to write such wonderful things about them.2 I’m just a well-quenched customer.
Of everything that’s going in bobble’s favor, its best asset, and the reason I have chosen it to satisfy my thirst needs, is how convenient it is for travel. It’s durable and small enough to forget I even have it on me, not to mention cheap enough at under $10 that if I do lose it, it won’t feel catastrophic. As a result, since that fateful day in line at Old Navy when we first met, the bobble has had a recurring role in all my travels.
Forget carrying around some travel mascot, like a stuffed bear, some stupid picture on a stick, or a random tchotchke you’d find in the free box at a tag sale. Unlike those utterly useless objects, the bobble provides the source of life. You can’t live without water. You know what you can life without? A 5 pound garden gnome taking up half your luggage.
Of note is how especially handy the bobble has been while living in Paris, where the water flows like wine and there’s a Wallace Fountain on every corner just waiting to top you off.
In honor of all bobble has provided me with (namely water), I am creating a pictorial of our journeys together. You can follow the adventures bobble and I have hydrating around the world at #BobblinAround on Twitter.
Sure, saying “my bobble” sounds like I’m a two year-old with separation anxiety, but I don’t use it for its name, I use it for the sweet, delicious water it provides my mouth. And also, because it looks great in pictures.
Bobble: it’s like holding the source of life in your hands wherever you go.3