I love going to museums and while I was visiting the National Gallery in Washington the other day I realized how important it is to have a light bag filled with everything you need to enjoy your museum trip.
Here what I usually take with me:
1) Small notepad and pen.
Once I had to ask the security guard for a pen and wrote notes about the art works in my hands. Another time I had to come back to the museum to copy the name of an interesting book that was quoted in one of the explanation boards. After this I learned to always carry a pen and a small pad – everywhere, as a matter of fact.
Sometimes the audio files' booth doesn’t accept credit or even debit cards, so it’s good to have some extra money for this.
I used to be a little skeptical about this and never took a camera with me. I guess it's optional, but cellphone cameras are pretty light.
4 and 5) Water and a little snack.
I always take an inexpensive water bottle because some museums don’t allow water so you might have to leave your water in the entrance. Also most museums don’t allow food, but you can sneak in a cereal bar or some fruit.
6) Strap bag
Comfort is key. Strap bags allow your hands to be free and you can't put too much extra stuff in them.
What do you take with you in a museum trip?