my friends Billy and Kip is an interesting study in contrast. On one hand, you have Billy… Billy is the
type of person who believes, “if one is good, three is better!” This is a man who has two anchors in his boat
(an active, and a spare), plus another spare anchor in the back of his
truck. Every nook has a knife; every
cranny has a coil of rope. His tackle
box is an amalgam of three other tackle boxes.
It’s really something to behold.
You could plan to fish with Billy for an afternoon, but you quickly
realize that you could SURVIVE with Billy for six months on the provisions in
his boat and truck.
consider Kip. Tell Kip you’re going
fishing and Kip shows up with a pole in one hand, a bottle of whiskey in the
other, and a pocket full of worms.
That’s it. No multi-GPS mapping
systems with side-scanning sonar, not even a bucket to sit on. Here’s the best part. Ready for it?
At the end of the day, guess who has more fish? Yep, Kip!
I don’t know
why people over pack, but they do. Recently
United Airlines, citing the increase in fuel costs, announced that they’d had
enough and they were going to start charging for extra bags. Now hold on, before you freak out you should
know the fine print. Personally, I think
what they’re doing is perfectly reasonable:
- You can still check one bag, less than 50lbs, free of charge.
- You can still carry on one roll-aboard plus an additional briefcase or laptop bag, also free of charge.
- For each additional bag checked, you’ll be asked to pay $25… HOWEVER,
- Only persons who book non-refundable tickets (the cheap ones) will be asked to pay.
- Elite travelers will not have to pay.
Now, let’s take a look at this reasonably, shall we? It’s obvious that the people United is targeting are the non-seasoned travelers. People who book the cheapest tickets and who check their world into four suitcases for their weekend trip to Grandma’s house.
Anyone who goes to Hawaii with more than a backpack just doesn’t get it. Hell, even Billy could pack for two weeks in one suitcase. The world has washing machines, people. I went all the way around the planet in 10 days with ONE roll-aboard and my laptop bag. Seriously think about what you’re packing, do you need 5 pairs of blue jeans, 5 sweaters in case its cold, 5 t-shirts in case its hot, 3 different coats in case it rains, snows, or whatever? No.
Think smart, here are some tips:
- If you’re bringing Christmas packages or presents or something, ship them ahead of time via UPS or FedEx.
- If there are multiple travelers in your group, weigh all the bags out ahead of time and distribute your stuff so each ticket holder is checking one 50lb bag (Sorry Dad, this usually means your bag carries the lion’s share).
- Do NOT take your blow dryer, iron, or other amenities, hotels have these things.
- Take a serious look at your luggage and ask, “Could I buy a cheap one of those when I get there and then leave it with someone or ship it home?”
- Take a conservative, comfortable pair of shoes and perhaps one other pair for nice occasions. You don’t need 5 pairs of shoes for a three day adventure.
- Do you need a 32oz bottle of shampoo in your suitcase? How about a travel size one? Do you need 25 boxes of pills? How about one pill vial with aspirin, antacid, decongestant, and another pill or two thrown in?