Some expats dream of marmite, students fantasise about home cooking and toddlers crave their favourite toy or teddy when entering childcare for the first time – it all depends on what is special to you.
Why we all love home comforts
Whatever your age, there’s bound to be a book or piece of music that symbolises comfort and home. You might even feel that you can’t face life without your precious animal print onesie.
Many students attend college equipped with a pukkah coffee machine as they want to replicate the beverage that they enjoyed at home. Even those thinking of downsizing to retirement homes are likely to take some familiar objects with them –a luxury bed, favourite armchair or family portrait.
Home comforts don’t have to be luxurious
Log fires are simple creations, yet the number of people who state they love the smell of wood smoke as it’s so evocative of home is enormous. In an article in The Express, the writer Lynda La Plante states that she can’t do without her cockapoo, Max. She also states that she adores log fires:
“You can’t beat the spectacle of real flames, especially if it’s snowing and the fire is cracking away. It’s a simple thing but it does make me very happy.”
Going overseas can highlight the comforts of home
As much as a holiday can be great fun, if you’re constantly travelling and staying in exotic locations then you may find that you miss the simple things in life – like a decent cuppa!
Many Brits complain that one of the things they really miss on their holidays is a good cup of tea and according to The Daily Mail 50% of Brits take their precious teabags on holiday with them!
Crisp cotton sheets are another vital home comfort and the value of effective sanitation is also recognised – we take our contemporary bathrooms for granted but when you have to go to the lavatory and find you are just one of many using the facility, you’ll soon be yearning for a full flush cistern. Even a jar of brown sauce made it into the luggage of 10% of men, proving that home comforts really are individual to each person.