After seeing two Broadway musicals this past week (Wicked, for the second time, and Rent, for the fifth) I just have one quick and easy tip to share today. Skip the plastic wine cups during theater intermissions. Bring your own reusable beverage container.
I came prepared with two of the stainless steel wine “glasses” I purchased this summer — one for me and one for my friend Mark. But you can use pretty much anything that will hold liquid. It’s a great conversation starter and an awesome way to hold up the line and irritate the people behind you.
Or fill up your Klean Kanteen at home and bring it instead. It’s stainless steel, so no one can see what’s in it anyway. Just kidding. I would never suggest that you bring outside beverages into the theater with you other than plain tap water. (I’ve been up all night working on a website [not mine] and am probably exhausted, but I had so much coffee yesterday [in my reusable travel mug] that I can’t really tell.)
Bringing our own beverage containers when we go out does require some planning ahead. But then, so does brushing our teeth or combing our hair before we leave the house. It doesn’t feel that way because, for most of us, these personal hygiene tasks have become habits so ingrained that we do them automatically. But those of you who have children know that cleaning ourselves up before going out in public is not necessarily an innate drive. We once had to learn these tasks, just as now we are learning new habits to care for the hygiene of the planet.
Owning reusable containers is easy. Remembering to bring them is not. Have you developed any tricks to remind yourself to bring your own cup, mug, or reusable bottle when going out into the world?