I’ve just spent our unexpected extra day in Flores (grrrr no ferry grrrrr) sewing up two pairs of trousers, a bra that was losing its underwire again and reinforcing the fastening on my daypack that had started to come away and fray. One of my essential travel items is definitely a couple of needles, strong black thread and a small pair of scissors.

I have also used this thread to lovingly sew up two of the three pairs of trousers that I carry when the toll of being worn for days on end starts to show.