I absolutely insisted on buying an electric kettle prior to our backpacking trip to Turkey. It would be used for boiling water for baby formula, which my then 6-month old baby was exclusively drinking (he had just started on solids). I couldn’t trust the tap water in other countries. And I wasn’t sure if our hostels would have any way for us to boil water for his formula. I also bought international plug converters.
Of course my husband tried to dissuade me from this silliness. We were only taking one backpack for all 3 of us, he wailed. It would be too heavy, he implored! Of course, there would be boiled water in Turkey, he moaned.
But I wasn’t convinced.
I would do anything for the safety of my baby. Besides, at his behest, I was packing a lot less clothes for my baby than I wanted to and I was feeling fiesty and stubborn. Smart man that my husband is, he backed off.
So in our new 80L backpackers backpack, for our very first backpacking trip, I also managed to squeeze in packs of Hipp Organic formula, extra diapers and the damn kettle with the converters.
The white kettle was a medium sized oddly-shaped, bulky thing like a rugby ball. I had to put it in an angle and jam it in at the front. Then I lied down on the bag, putting my full body weight on it, and yanked the zipper.
The zipper groaned and strained and then stopped, refusing to go through any further torture. But I managed to coax and cajole it close. I examined my handiwork: the backpack looked like it had a body in it. My husband said nothing, just smirked and shook his head.
Once we reached Istanbul, I found that our humble hostel DID have an electric kettle in the room. And every place we stayed in Turkey thereafter from guest houses, to inns, to luxe apartments ALSO had perfectly functional electric kettles within the rooms.
With a sheepish look on my face, I left the Canadian electric kettle that I had packed, inside our room at the Sultan’s Inn in Istanbul. I didn’t want to lug around the proof of my foolishness back to Canada and also make our bag heavier.
My husband burst out laughing. I was never able to live this one down :(