Other favorite destinations include Austin, Texas, which he says has art without arrogance.
“Maybe it’s because I’ve never lived in Austin but people have a very laid-back way about them, but they’re also doing artistic things,” Waters said.
He’ll also go anywhere Pearl Jam is playing. He speaks about them with unbridled enthusiasm. “They’re still the best live band ever; they never play the same show,” he said.
His tip for avoiding germs in hotel rooms comes from his brother, Justin, who always puts the TV remote in a plastic bag. “Since he told me that, every time I go into a hotel room I think about doing it,” he said. “But he’s my older brother, so I’m not going to.”
Here’s what he packs on every trip.
— Disposable toothbrushes. “I just discovered these mini toothbrushes. I take a regular toothbrush for morning and night; these are just for during the day. Some people have a dentist, I have Colgate Wisp Max Fresh.”
— Orioles hat. “Because I’m from Baltimore. I’m not a jock, I just love my town.”
— Books. “I always take this book called ‘Addie Pray.’ It’s the book that ‘Paper Moon’ was based on. I love ‘Paper Moon’ and I love this book. I read it on the plane, mostly, because I hate flying. I guess it’s a 36-year-old’s sleep blanket, I just feel safe having it. I also listen to audiobooks and the best one, besides David Carr’s ‘The Night of the Gun,’ is David Spade’s ‘Almost Interesting.’ I’ve listened to it two times and will probably listen to it three more times on my next trip.”
— Inspirational photo. “I always have a picture of Chris Farley in my wallet. He’s always been one of my inspirations. I’ve had it since I was 19, when I left Baltimore; I think I printed it off the internet. It was his first headshot and it’s him in a leather jacket, looking really cool. Not Travolta-in-‘Grease’ cool, he’s Chris Farley cool.”
— Sleep mask. “Not to brag, but I wear a sleep mask, although I don’t do it unless I’m traveling with someone. I’m not putting a sleep mask on when I don’t know what’s going on around me. Whenever iPods came out, in 2003 or so, I had one on the plane and when I fell asleep it was stolen. I remember trying to explain to the stewardess what it was. ‘It plays music.’”
— His suit. “I like to wear a suit when I fly, mostly because I don’t know how to fold it. And if it crashes they have something to bury me in.”