OK...so I feel a bit dense, really, about this one but perhaps it's only because I'm still a bit of a newbie about this cane and travel stuff. Recently, I was at my hairdresser chatting with a lovely elderly woman about travelling with a cane. Unfortunately, she also needed to use one.
If you will recall, a few years ago, I lost the tip of my cane getting back on a cruise ship and went many days without a replacement. My advice in that entry was to always travel with a spare. While that advice still holds (and, trust me, there's always one in my suitcase), this wonderful lady at my hairdresser innocently asked if I had gone to the medical clinic on board to get a replacement.
Well, HELLO! To be perfectly frank, this never even crossed my mind at the time nor had it ever until that afternoon. So, lesson learned. If you happen to be without a spare cane tip and you lose yours at sea -- go to the ship's doctor -- don't just go tap-tap-tapping along without one for 3 days!