Pillow, blanket, travel companion...did you know a scarf could be so many things? Well, this is the story of how my scarf became a part of my identity as a traveler, and how I wore it so often, that my friends used it to pick me out of crowds (and made fun of me often).
Growing up, we all have that item that's a kind of security blanket to us. This item usually goes everywhere with us and brings us comfort that doesn't always make sense. As a child, it might have been a stuffed animal, a blanket or maybe even a favorite book. Honestly, I don't really remember having anything that came everywhere with me (although I'm sure my parents could tell some stories), but the same idea can apply when traveling.
On my first trip abroad, I was nervous. I'd never traveled by myself before, and I was heading off with a group of people I barely knew, but who were supposed to become my best friends and adventure buddies over the following couple of months. Well, the trip was amazing, and I did meet my ultimate adventure buddy, Lexa, but it wasn't until the last month of my trip that I found my comfort blanket...or maybe I should say my comfort scarf, and the little guy's been quite the travel partner ever since.
My scarf began coming everywhere with me (if you don't have a blanket scarf, you need to get one ASAP). It's served me as a pillow on airplanes, trains and busses. I made it through the coldest and most miserable night at a hostel in Italy by using it as a blanket. When I don't feel like talking or I want to hide from a photo/video, it shields me. It started popping up in every picture I took, and soon became a part of my identity as a traveler.
My friends could recognize me by my scarf and would ask if I was forgetting something if I left the house without it (I made a tour bus turn around to get it when I left it in a locker in Italy). My sister even made me a book about my travels where my scarf and I made an appearance.
Even though my friends have forced me to buy a new scarf (and wash the old one), my blanket scarf holds a special place in my heart. It may be taking a short break in my closet, but we're both ready and waiting for the next adventure we take together.