Sunday, February 27, 2011
Travelling overnight by car? The duffel (the name comes from a town in Belgium where the thick cloth that made up the original exteriors was woven) bag makes for an easy overnight. Capacious, casual and easy to carry, a single duffel holds toiletries, clean underwear, pajamas, a change of shirt, the obligatory sweater, that unfinished book and just about anything else a man can convince himself he needs for a quick trip (the thoroughly thought through version in the photo is by Ettinger).
In our case we were headed South to Atascadero, a town in central California that is roughly equidistant from San Francisco and Los Angeles, to pick up a Manx kitten. Marriage does things like that to a man. With temperatures in the 40s (perhaps 7 degrees C), it was hardly top open weather but a duffel's flexibility is even more useful when a man is cramming luggage into a small boot. The trip is about three hours in either direction, law enforcement willing, and could be done in a single day if it were not such a literal pain in assorted body parts.
For myself, an overnight trip that includes a resort restaurant dinner and then a return drive to San Francisco the next morning means a blazer, odd waistcoat, very light gray flannel trousers that cause me to direct negative thoughts at Ambrosi when I put them on, and a pair of crepe soled bluchers that are all worn two days in a row along with a change of shirt, necktie and pocket square. Easy work for a duffel, and that is the point.