I’m cleaning up around the house today (surprise!) and I came across the item pictured at right. It’s a roll of toilet paper brought back from Nepal. Why did I feel it oh so important to bring back a whole roll, still in its protective wrap? I’m not sure. I’m used to carrying a small roll with me while trekking or in highly polluted areas to help clear my nose, but why on Earth did I pack a whole roll in my checked baggage (baggage that was overweight, thanks in part to this nefarious roll of toilet paper)?
We all bring back mementos from our travels in one way or another. Some are memories, but a lot of us bring back stuff. The good stuff. A feather here, a rock there or something bigger. But what about stuff you never meant to bring back. Have you opened up your bag when you arrived home and thought, “Why the hell did I bring this all the way home?” If so, share your story in the comment section below. The best response will get my roll of brand new Nepali toilet paper.