Impossible, right? Nope. Piece of cake.
Not a worthwhile endeavor? I disagree.
Boring, useless post? Debatable, but I’m going for it anyway. You see, my disdain for checked luggage runs deep and, after a few sad bag tales, I have learned my lesson.
Chris is the unfortunate victim of my first sad bag tale. He happened to make his first trip to India during the great British Airways system crash of 2006. They lost over 25,000 bags that day and in the following weeks Chris discovered that he is much larger than the average Indian man as he squeezed himself into double extra large Indian Adidas gym shorts.
Ironically, BA also lost our friend Rayna’s bag that day. You’ll see why that is ironic in a minute.
My first personal bag incident in recent memory was the Hawaiian bag bandit of 2007, which led me to chase some guy through the Honolulu airport after I saw him take my bag right off of the carousel. Fortunately I caught him and got it back. One of my brothers lost his bag on that trip too, luckily there are two of them to share clothes, although I don’t think they were too stoked about the underwear situation.
Later that year Chris’ best man’s bag got lost en route to our wedding. If Ken and his wife hadn’t spent hours searching the airport to recover their own bag, I am fairly certain that he would never have seen it again. I was happy for Ken that he got his stuff back and, maybe selfishly, happy for me that he got his tuxedo back in time for our wedding. Rayna was along for this adventure as well, but fortunately she suffered no suitcase trauma.
2008 did not go without incident either. It was a sad day when we arrived at Lake Tahoe to sunshine and fresh powder but our snowboards ended up in Dallas. Rental boards would have been an option, except that we had wrapped all of our heavy jackets and pants around our snowboards as padding and had no clothes to wear either.
*Picture actually from Vail 2011, Tahoe pictures are MIA.
After going more than a year without any lost luggage events, we were reminded again why not to check bags during the great Nairobi bag heist of 2010. Our poor friends Rayna and Farrah showed up in Africa to climb a mountain with us, but their bags were no shows. Rayna got her bag months later, but Farrah’s bag still hasn’t turned up despite a verified sighting in Nairobi. There is someone, somewhere in Africa, overheating in a brand new zero degree North Face sleeping bag. Fortunately, my bag did arrive and, unlike usual, I packed enough for three. Well, enough base layers anyway, they were bummed to have to rent jackets and pants instead of wearing the super cute ones that they had packed.
That pretty much sums up why I avoid checking bags if at all possible. Not worth the hassle. Plus, I have basically become a professional at washing and drying my clothes in hotel rooms anyway, so what’s the point?
Let’s take a look at what I brought for the next three weeks:
- 5 work outfits – I was tempted to pack less and mix and match, but Chris said that I should make an effort to look like I am wearing clean clothes during each week of the trip, especially since I will be meeting many of my co-workers in person for the first time.
- 3 sets of gym clothes + Garmin
- 3 all-purpose solid colored t-shirts
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of sweatpants
- 1 hoodie
- 1 pashmina
- 1 all-purpose light sweater
- 3 pairs of shoes (dress shoes, flip flops, running shoes)
- assorted socks and underwear – about one week worth
- 1 swimsuit
- 1 dress
- 1 trench coat – This really came in handy in Dubai. Riiiight.
- bar shampoo – Check out One bar shampoo at Target. It is pretty awesome and makes for one less thing to try to cram into my one quart Ziploc.
- bar soap
- 3 oz each of conditioner, body lotion, moisturizer, sunblock, and toothpaste
- hair brush
Stuff that didn’t make the cut:
- DSLR – I have some crummy iPhone pictures coming your way!
- iPad – This was tough to leave behind. I love, love, love the iPad, but it was hard to justify packing since I had to bring my laptop.
- My favorite purse – My laptop ‘purse’ is going to have to do double duty. I did manage to cram an extra small purse into my laptop ‘purse’.
- Hair dryer – Hoping that my hotels have them. If not, I’ll be going au natural. So far I’m 3 for 3 with hair dryers. We’ll see how hotel #4 treats me
I’ll let you know how this went in about 12 more days!