When I innsit, I travel with a suitcase, a cooler, and one tub that has indispensible (in my mind) equipment. My own skillets, silicone spatulas, specialty pans, oven thermometer and most important--my own knives. Some B & B's I sit for have incredibly dull knives, grotty old frypans and waffle irons with terminal disease. I have one that didn't have proper measuring cups--just a cracked plastic number. I left some behind as a gift for the regular innkeeper.
The cooler is necessary for specialty items that may not be available locally. It also comes in handy if I stop at a farmer's market on the way and discover something fun and interesting.
A bit of OCD I guess, I just feel more comfortable with my stuff, and maybe that's the same thing for those guests who haul in all manner of comforts from home..
"and most important--my own knives. Some B & B's I sit for have incredibly dull knives,"
Every time I have this complaint I am told by my other half "sharpen them!"
Okay that is not the point, they should be sharp, not sharpen every time I want to use them. Apparently many people use dull knives, all the time.
When we go to state park cabins there is a fry pan that is about the size to cook two eggs. I always bring my own and laugh at this each time, I mean not even big enough for ONE person and these cabins sleep 7-10 people. And NO you are not supposed to bring your own, they have everything fully stocked. NOT.