I like to think the picture of Roswell is a directive to "pack your cat".
Hahaa. I thought that too.
Wow. Not to be all Spock, but that was fascinating.
Have you used any of the iPhone/iPad model release apps?
Also, I do get really frustrated when I get on the plane and I'm sitting toward the front, and all the people who sit in the back have taken up the front overhead compartments with their bags, and the flight attendants have to dig around for a space for my bag, and then I have to wait until everyone has deplaned to go to the back of the plane to get my bag. This especially happens when I have to rush to another gate to get on a connecting flight. NB: I have terrible travel karma.
i have "iRelease" on my iphone & ipad & i have used it a couple of times, but the release that's on there is really ... daunting? it sounds like you're ripping people off, so i only use it if i'm completely out of other forms. i like something that sounds a lot friendlier.
Yeah, it does seem like they should have an option to insert your own release.
it might by now. i got it a couple years ago and i've never updated it. i make my own and fold them into little notebooks and staple them. one nice thing about this is that there's a booklet for every project. though the neat thing about irelease is that they're all sorted and searchable, which is nice(er)....
Edited at 2013-09-08 12:54 am (UTC)
also, inre overhead space -- when they start gate checking bags the world gets divided into two sets, the people whose bags get gate checked and the people whose bags are in the overheads.
Airlines are actually concerned about smashing up all your expensive gear and they'd rather not gate check it. TSA rules actually allow professional photographers to bring a camera bag on as well as their carry on and personal item, but I've never seen it actually happen.
You may carry one (1) bag of photographic equipment in addition to one (1) carry-on and one (1) personal item through the screening checkpoint. The additional bag must conform to your air carrier’s carry-on restrictions for size and weight."
From my perspective the obvious solution would be to encourage people to check their bags and charge for carry-on's instead, but I don't know the inner workings of the machine -- I imagine they might be using the cargo space for revenue generating things like hauling UPS packages....
OHMAN, the people who KNOWINGLY bring as carry-on bags that are CLEARLY two times larger than the sample size just to get it gate checked for free give me a little bit of rage.
The info about photographic equipment is interesting, though! (Of course, what does the TSA consider "professional"?)
(I'm pretty sure they do rent cargo space for USPS mail.)
I dunno. I am one of those people who aims to get my bag gate checked, every time (although I am not the kind of asshole who brings one bigger than I'm allowed --it's well within the actual specifications) because I am a person with WAY more time than money. Wait ten minutes at the end of my flight to get my bag? Totally have the time for that. Pay 25$ to check it? NOPE.
I have a couple things to add for international travel:
When something goes wrong with your iPhone and you're traveling in Europe, you'll realize that everyone and their brother has an iPhone or other iProduct and will be able to direct you to an electronics store or let you borrow their charger. Also, if you go to little convenience stores, you'll realize that you can get a very functional charger with a wall mount for a few euros/pounds. When you get back the the US, prices on iAccessories will seem barbaric.
Don't tell customs you don't have checked baggage. It looks suspicious on an international flight, and they might detain you. If someone in customs tries to direct you to baggage claim, smile and nod and go there, chances are it will be close to arrivals pick-up, anyways. (I had to answer questions for about 10 minutes coming back from Britain because I said "Oh, I don't have checked luggage. I have everything I need right here!")
Even lugging a heavy carry-on through multiple airports, subways, taxis, buses, cafes with baggage checks for backpackers, and hotel and hostel hallways is annoying. Whatever you think is the bare minimum when you're packing will still be a burden when you have to carry it around.
2013-09-07 10:07 pm (UTC)
Kyle Cassidy: The Blog Post on Packing
Yes, but how do you get Roswell by the TSA, since he so clearly gets packed... :D
How do you get Roswell to compress into the travel cube? Or do you carry her in one of the pockets in your vest?
i strap a couple of travel cubes to her sides like saddlebags and she walks along with me.
Very awesome. Functional AND Roswell pics.
While I think this is generally an awesome post, I also think there are some assumptions here due to your age and good health.
I can't, as in, it would never work, travel with just a carry-on and a personal item. I have thirteen different medications that have to come with me, in their original packaging especially internationally. Once you put thirteen pill bottles and boxes of varying sizes into a standard carry-on, you soon find that there's precious little room to fit anything else. And there are people who have it worse than me: my father has to travel with a nebulizer, or he'll have trouble breathing.
Also, backpacking clothing isn't an option for everyone; it only goes up to a certain size, and woe to you, if you're a plus-size woman who falls just beyond that size. =) So at that point, you're stuck with the bulkier, non-fast drying clothing, purely because going naked is the other option.
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Good point. Or if you are simply going someplace that's cold enough you may want more than one sweater (to again avoid that limited-wardrobe-effect) or if you are expecting to go to at least one nice place where you will want to dress up a little, you may have to tweak this considerably. To help with this, when my husband and I go to London in mid-to-late October, we are staying in a house rather than a hotel, and I made sure I checked off that I wanted a house with a washer and dryer, which we got.* This means I can pack a couple of pairs of polyester slacks and tights (for layering, giving me more warmth) that can be rewashed while we're there, so I don't need to pack as many. These will be comfy for sightseeing during the day, along with a sweater and a wool coat that I will wear onto the plane, to save packing space. (I've done this--you take off the coat at sit on it on the plane. This is totally doable and you can still fasten the seatbelt. And just for a trans-Atlantic flight, the wool coat won't wrinkle.)
I'll also wear a pair of boots onto the plane and pack a pair of less-space-consuming shoes (something flat and comfy for massive amounts of walking), as well as skirts I'll wear with the boots when I want to go to a dressy restaurant. (Plus a dressier, thinner sweater that won't take up a lot of space. The wool coat over this will keep me toasty.) And the sweaters I'll be taking will all be machine-washable--nothing requiring dry-cleaning.
The challenge will be selecting clothes that have pockets, since a lot of women's clothes don't. I've heard that it's best to be really careful about your stuff when in London at any place that's considered "touristy". They're magnets for purse-snatchers and pickpockets, and I don't want to deal with the chaos of a stolen credit card (or more) while in a different country! And, obviously, because we're going to London in October, I'm going to need to take an umbrella. Some things are non-negotiable. But I can stash that in my under-the-seat bag (a messenger-bag style computer bag that doubles as a roomy pocketbook.)
* Renting a house in Islington is surprisingly affordable--less than many very tiny London hotel rooms! Weirdly, though, a lot of English houses don't have tumble dryers. I passed on a lot of very nice houses that listed their amenities as including washers but no dryers.
Ah, the boot conundrum. Because packing boots takes up so much space in your luggage, but depending on the type of boot -- speed laces, annoying laces, zip-up -- they may take a long time to take off and on at security. :/
always wear your largest footwear, no matter how unfashionable you look. don't tie them, just shove the laces inside the boots until you get through security.
Unlike my mother, I don't worry about fashion on airplanes. ;)
We'll get some pharmacists cracking on a solution to this. I'm envisioning a prescription meds walking stick that's a hollow tube that can holds a dozen bottles. I've always transferred my prescription meds to pill bags and stuffed them all together, but I realize that's sometimes not an option. I hope that someone makes compact size original containers.
Someone on facebook mentioned they use unlined linen pants for the same reason -- they pack small and dry overnight on a shower-curtain rod. I have no experience with them but it may be worth a try. Anyone else tried this? & know of options for where to get them in plus sizes?
I LOVE the idea of a pill bottle walking stick. =) I do have pill containers, but they're bulky, and I can only really use them domestically (and even then, the TSA is finicky).
I've not tried linen pants, but I bet they exist. I do want to recommend the ladies travel underwear from Patagonia though; I used it when we went to Paris last month, and it was wonderful. Dried overnight, as long as you wrung it out well.
we may have to kickstarter this idea of a pill walking stick....
Someone on Facebook came through with this:
Jennifer E. Carr: I am a Pharmacy Tech (in my other life) and we will put medications into plastic bags with all the information you need to get through the airport.
I use jeweler's bags (aka dime bags) for my meds. You can get them online for a few bucks/100. I pack one day of meds/vitamins per baggie and pack as many days as I need plus a few extra just in case into a ziplock. Then when I'm dressed and ready to head out for the day, I grab a baggie & toss it in my pocket. You can peel the labels off your bottles and put them on the ziplock in case there's ever an issue.
And, as a plus-sized gal, I hear your frustration on travel clothing. I recently bought some nice pieces for not that much $ from Campmor. The items were White Sierra brand and they fit & looked great (which is often not the case for plus-sized travel clothes). Don't bother with the stores. They don't stock plus-sized stuff. Go online and just check return policies before you buy.
Keep looking for larger size backpacking stuff. REI is getting better about stocking larger sizes (up to 3x), at least on their website. Not quite the selection I'd like to have, but it's getting there and if enough of us keep pestering, they'll get the message.
Travelsmith (www.travelsmith.com) also has a good selection of plus size travel clothes. They're pricey, but have reasonable prices on sale items.
Junonia, alas, loves cotton and has become increasingly less practical for the sorts of activities it originally existed to support.
those cargo pants look really neat, but when i look where the zipper to make shorts falls on the leg of the men's version compared to the women's, it make me want to wear the men's.
Do it! The pants don't care. Use the stuff that works best, not what someone tells you you should.
i don't care that they're tagged men's. they just wouldn't come anywhere close to fitting.
To get men's pants to fit my hips, I have to get a ridiculously large waist. Which means a belt, which is not normally needed. The crotch also ends up in a weird spot.
Women with a smaller hip/waist ratio can easily wear men's pants. At my lightest, that is all I would wear, because I could not get women's pants that were long enough.
This covers most of what we do. I'd add:
Roll, don't fold—rolled clothes are less wrinkled and they pack tighter than folded (learned from my Navy vet grandmother).
Internal frame backpacks designed for carry-on specs rock—doubly so if they have an expansion zipper that lets you throw all your extra gear into the bag with the good back support when you're carrying it across town after you get off the plane.
Carbiners are you're friend, they let you clip extra stuff to the outside of you bag.
Oh, and we always backpack it because roller wheels on your bag just use up space that could be better used for gear.
2013-09-08 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, rolling is the big secret I've discovered. Amazing! Most of the benefits of the packing tension bags, without the weight and space of the bags.
What size cube should one use for the cat?
2013-09-08 06:56 pm (UTC)
That polyester thing is a non-starter, though; that stuff makes me sweat and stink amazingly.
You're thinking of the wrong type of polyester.This
will keep you cooler in the summer than any cotton shirt you have. Modern fabrics made by science! To the rescue! (Lone Ranger theme.)
2013-09-09 09:11 pm (UTC)
Well...it could be true, I suppose. But I've had polyester t-shirts from REI, for example, that made exactly those claims, and didn't deliver. I can't find anything indicating what they think they're doing differently at the URL you give, nothing about the "different" polyester. What's their claim to being different?
How long ago did you get your REI shirts? I think they may now be employing some of the tech developed for quick-dry underwear to other garments now. I don't know about male underwear, but with women it is important to have some sort of anti-fungal or anti-microbial protection. It's still a crapshoot, though. Some gear I have makes me stink, but mostly now it does not.
The other factor is armpit hair length/density. If you have a small beard under each arm, you're going to be more likely to cook up some stink. It's the only reason I shave my pits through the winter (guess I should add that I'm female...)(well, unless that's not implied by the first paragraph).
i mean different from the polyester we wore in the 1970'. this is the stuff that olympic cyclists are wearing in 90 degree heat streaking up the Alps and shiznit. there's even technology that makes darker colors cooler than non-tech darker colors. (though it's still not as cool as wearing a white shirt)
I'm wishing this had appeared a month or so ago when I had to take a lengthy (as it turned out) trip to the midwest. I live in fear of gate baggage checks, so I live in fear of taking the big camera on the airlines. The little camera just clips to my belt; or I can fit it into my computer bag. If anything happened to either camera, I might not be able to afford to get another, so I'm hyper-cautious. Often, as on this trip, the D-300 stays home. My wardrobe is just naturally limited anyway, so easy to get by with a couple pairs of jeans (lightweight denim - they roll up small) and some t-shirts. I don't go anywhere dressy, and my one pair of shoes is just fine. I, too, won't willingly wear polyester, at least in the warm months, but there are lightweight cottons that really pack down well, and Hawaiian shirts are welcome everywhere, I've found. I'll certainly look into cargo pants and packing cubes. Both would be great. But no, I'll NEVER give up taking a book. There's ALWAYS space to jam in a smallish paperback. On my return flight, they actually DID check my bag because the little plane on the first leg of the journey didn't have adequate overhead bins. This was Delta, and they had a special, separate bin in the plane for this, called "valet baggage check." My bag was handed back to me as I exited the plane, in perfect shape, and no baggage check. Never ran into that before, but I wish all the airlines did this. It really saves on anxiety levels.
When traveling, one thing I've found to be true is that however much clothing you're planning to bring, halve it; however much money, double it.
sage wisdom. i also catalog the stuff that i don't use and the stuff that's saved my rumpus.
During my deployment, I would use freezer bags which would hold one shirt, one pair of underwear and a pair of socks. after you pack it, you close it most of the way and then suck the air out manually. This compressed it to a very small size. Day one, pull out a bag; Day two repeat. This method fights the problem of 'expanding' clothes when packing to go home. Plus you could visually see how many days you had till you had to do laundry.
Plus if you are at one locatino and going to another and are worried you might get stuck or just have to stay overnight, one of these 'under-bags' could be tossed into your backback so while you may have to wear the same clothes, your undies are fresh.
(True the shirt used here was a t-shirt given I was wearing BDU's but the concept is still good considering how many of us wear t-type shirts all the time)
While you may run the risk of looking like a total dork, silly belt holsters are worth considering (though don't go Batman-overboard on them) for packing things like a flashlight. I've also crammed an old point-and-shoot camera case with useful things like charging/ethernet cables, batteries, and other odd bits and bobs. I usually end up taking off my belt while I'm going through security anyway, so it's not much extra drama there.
I have terrible spatial-relationship skills. Does everything in the bottom left photo fit in the backpack in the top photo? Or do you have a longer bag for those things?
I'm wondering if your kit would make it on the size planes that fly in and out of Knoxville. Most have one seat on one side and two on the other, with small overhead bins on one side only. Rolly bags don't fit and have to be gate checked. If you ended up in that kind of situation, could your bigger bag be safely gate checked, or are you risking some serious damage?