By Diane Ako
I used a Scottevest on this trip. It's something I bought a few trips ago with my friend Jen, who is in the know about all things new or useful. Jen knows everything about everything.
This travel vest is marketed as having some 17 pockets, but really, it's more like nine good ones. The other "pockets" are small and useless. Still, nine is a lot.
It's not the most fashion forward, but there is an occasion for everything, and I felt this one required the use of a vest that could hold a lot of things. I was motivated primarily by Disneyland, and not wanting to carry a purse there.
Claus made fun of me for carrying everything and the kitchen sink, or so it seemed like it to look at me. Every pocket was so bulging that I looked like I was wearing a flak jacket.
People (and by people, I mean Husband) made fun of me but, for example, here is what I was able to stuff into the vest in one wearing:
Assorted over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen, Tums, and bandages, just in case;
Disney mouse ears headband;
5 granola bars;
bag of M&Ms;
tube of sunblock;
small bag of dates;
tissue for sick kid;
hardcover journal and pen for character autographs;
Disney pins for souveneirs
It's actually not super comfortable to sit back with the stuff in the back pocket, FYI, but I needed every available space because I was the Walking Mom Bag who carries everything for everyone.
Back at Joann's house, on the day we flew from Orange County to San Jose, she wanted to stock us with a snack bag for the plane. (I love Joann.) As we are traveling with a young child, I do appreciate having food constantly on hand.
I put some pizza slices into a baggie and laughed to Claus that I'd stuff this into my vest. He knew I was joking but Joann didn't, and she reacted like I was crazy. There, a joke was born.
For the rest of the trip, we would laugh about me carrying pizza or real food (not just packaged food) in my vest. Thereafter, Claus would do stuff like gesture to the leftover food on the plate and suggest that I wear the to-go bag of spaghetti.
These people laugh at me, but when they need something and I have it, then who's silly? Plus, I can get on the plane without even needing a carry on bag. Ha!
Seriously, it did serve its purpose well. If you have mom-like considerations as I did, I could recommend the vest.