BYOK: Why I Bring My Own Knife on Vacation

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I know, bringing a knife on vacation sounds a bit precarious, especially when facing an airport security line. However, if you're traveling by car or can check a bag at the airport, bringing one or two of your favorite, sharpened knives could save you from major cooking frustration later on.

I started packing my own knives after a long weekend in Montreal. We had an adorable rental kitchen, and a visit to the beautiful Jean-Talon market inspired me to cook a batch of chili. When it came time to chop a few onions, the big sturdy-looking knife I found in the kitchen cabinet turned out to be flimsy and as dull as a butter knife. 

Besides making chopping difficult, working with dull knives can actually be more dangerous than working with sharp knives as the blade can slip. Needless to say, after hacking away at onions, bell peppers, garlic, and tomatoes, I decided against any further cooking that would require chopping that weekend.

For my next trip, I found the nylon knife roll I had received as part of a cooking class I took years ago (something like this). I packed up a large knife and a pairing knife, wrapped it tightly and slipped it in my checked luggage. Problem solved!

Do you bring your favorite knife on vacation?

(Image: Emma Christensen)

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