What's In My Daypack? A Gertie Ball

Kicking a Gertie Ball in Istanbul
Kicking a Gertie Ball in Istanbul

One thing I try to always carry in my daypack is an inflatable Gertie Ball. It packs down small once the air is released, is easy to blow up, and durable enough to withstand a lot of abuse.

Carrying a Gertie Ball makes any town square or piazza into a playground. Could the kids look any happier? On our best days, local kids end up joining them and often, even a passing adult will get in on the action.

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  1. Kimberley on July 29, 2010 at 10:09 a.m.

    Got one of these for our recent road trip to Oregon/ Idaho and it was a lifesaver. I carry it in the car now, and will never leave home without it. Thanks.for the reccomendation!

  2. Laura on July 30, 2010 at 7:20 a.m.

    I had never heard of that kind of ball before but it sounds like a great tool! And I love that local kids (and even the childlike adult) get involved.

  3. Elizabeth on July 31, 2010 at 1:07 p.m.

    I love this! I must find one. Lisel and every other hold on the planet is crazy for balls, but they can be such a pain to tote about. Excellent tip!