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Traveling Lighter the Next Time

By this time on Saturday, I will will have been in the air traveling for more than an hour. I leave Seattle around noon, and will arrive in Tampa by nearly midnight, with a short layover and plane change. In the meantime, this week is going to be spent preparing for it.

I still have not unpacked everything from my last trip, with my being ill. It has really kicked my butt these past 12 days I have been home. However, being packed does not prevent me from having to unpack or pack again.

I will NOT under any circumstance, take what I did with me again. You will see (from the photo) what I went back to Seattle with. Just my shoes alone, because I have big feet, are bulky and heavy. I did not wear but two pair, and my sandals. This time, I will have one pair for work, and my sandals for all others. That will be all for shoes. I will take one pair of black pants for work. I will take a grey pair in case of an emergency. There will be three blouses for work. Other than that, what I am wearing on the plane to travel, and an extra shirt, five pair of underwear and socks, and pajamas and slippers, should be ALL I need. Toiletry bag is light, as they have shampoo and soap, and hotels usually have hair dryers.

When I arrived, I did not have the red rolling bag, and I used a heavy, soft leather bag/brief case instead of the black bag showing. I checked the grey bag and carried the zebra bag and the leather briefcase on the plane with me when I left. When I made the trip home, I checked the grey and zebra bags, and the red bag held two computers, paperwork, one day/night of clothing, and toiletries and my travel blanket I carry on the plane. I packed everything up the morning before I actually left Dallas.

I should be able to get all I need into one bag to check and have a small bag to bring on the plane. My only concern is the electronic equipment. I do not want to put it in my suitcase to check, so I might carry the red one on the plane with me, and not check anything through. I will have to see what I can do.

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MegL wrote on November 9, 2015, 5:49 PM

Yes, I learned my lesson many years ago, carrying textbooks home from university. They were heavy and never got read. Rule number 1: don't pack more (weight) than you can carry. Rule number 2: if you want to pack more, refer to rule number 1. That's it.

CoralLevang wrote on November 9, 2015, 6:28 PM

I used to travel a lot in the military, and I learned that I was carrying, therefore I was responsible for it. Having uniforms was easy.
It's this civilian standard that I have not figured out. LOL

I do not care if I wear the same thing three days in a row, as long as it's clean. Others, judge you on it. LOL Go figure.

CoralLevang wrote on November 9, 2015, 6:52 PM

Ha! My passport is expired. I'll be an alien.

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 9, 2015, 8:26 PM

I'm not sure how she does it, but K can take everything she needs for a week long business trip in one carry on and one personal bag.

cheri wrote on November 9, 2015, 8:26 PM

I have problems with packing. I always have excess and more excess when I come back. : )

CoralLevang wrote on November 9, 2015, 8:33 PM

If I didn't have these two computers to carry with me, and all the paperwork (stacked 2 inches high), I would do the same thing on Saturday.

CoralLevang wrote on November 9, 2015, 8:34 PM

I hear you, cheri ! *laugh* I am NOT going to do that this time.

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 9, 2015, 9:03 PM

Glad you are traveling lighter this time. If you really need something you can always pick it up somewhere

markgraham wrote on November 9, 2015, 10:18 PM

Pretty soon maybe you will be back to only two bags one for clothes and one for equipment and papers.

Paulie wrote on November 9, 2015, 11:32 PM

Twelve hours seems to be an awful long time for travel. I know you have a three hour time change, but how long is your layover and how many hours will you be in the air?

MegL wrote on November 10, 2015, 3:23 AM

I remember going on a course to London years ago. I hated having to wait at the carousel for checked in luggage, so only carried hand luggage, which reduced the amount I could carry. I stayed with my sister the night before the course and her two kids came down to say water was dripping through the ceiling. Her husband was out and she had no idea what to do. I had to take my skirt off because it was needed for the next day and climb up into the loft to tie up the (item I know the correct name of but which would probably have the post banned) substitute first letters of the next two words "call bock". She had had a plumber in to do some work on the cold water tank in the loft (roof space) and he had not finished off completely. He was coming back the next day.

Rufuszen wrote on November 10, 2015, 7:24 AM

Packing is an art I am still prefecting!