reason why I’m fond of the carry-on only packing is the travel that must be
done when I arrive. On a trip to NYC, I did carry-on only, but it was the full
carry-on and a personal item, my backpack. Moving through the subway and then
walking through the streets with this luggage was doable, but hardly ideal. I
can’t imagine trying to move through a dense metropolis while toting large
check-in bags behind me.
ditched dual carry-on and moved to a single backpack as my only luggage. I can
fit nearly a week’s worth of clothing inside and still have room for my gadgets
and other goods. I can hop off the plane, onto the subway, and blend in
perfectly with the urban environment.
The task of
packing and unpacking is problematic. I’ve found, most of the time, that I can
pack things tightly leaving home, but it’s more difficult to get things just so
for the return trip. Also, unpacking becomes difficult and time consuming,
something you don’t want to do after a long flight, car ride, whatever. For
this I recommend a combination of the Eagle Creek Pack-it folders and
Shelves-to-go. The latter makes it easy to pack and unpack in a moment’s
notice, while the former gives the ability to compress and wrap up the shelving
bundle to save even more space.
filed in for the department meeting, the usual assortment of long faces
combined with tired, though those looks changed to looks of bemusement and head
shakes as Alex walked in. He look on the shabby side, his clothing wrinkled and
his fake beard was long and scraggly, looking as if one of the members of ZZTop
had been in a fight.
the restrictions on flying, now, I’ve been doing my best to make my packing
more compact. My thoughts on this are simple. If I have only a carry-on I
always know where it is. Also, I don’t have to worry about checked bag fees and
waiting on the luggage carousel. With this idea comes one fact that is
unavoidable: in order to limit the amount of luggage, do laundry. I’m fine with
this. Many hotels have laundry facilities for guests to use, and if not, use
the hotel sink, some hot water, and a little shampoo. The little time it takes
for this chore pays off in the long-run with not needing to pack large bags of
semester begins. A time of hope and disappointment, a time of triumph and
sorrow. No matter which direction the semester goes for the students or for me,
one thing is certain: it is a time of work. And not just a little work, it’s a
grind. Slog through and churn out the work. Most of it is unpleasant, too.
Hopefully I’ve found a way to make it a little easier.
rubbed at his eyes as he stared at the pressure readout on the gauge in front
of him. The numbers kept slowly climbing to the red zone. Flynn turned the
valve, causing a great woosh in the nearby pipes. He waited until the numbers
fell down through the yellow and into the low end of the green before restoring
the valve to its original position.
vacation, there needs to be a period of recovery. It’s paradoxical when that
which recharges us mentally, spiritually, and emotionally will drain us
physically. The act of traveling itself takes its toll, but clearly the other
restorative abilities of travel make it all worthwhile. At least when done
I first saw
them when I had tailed a girl whose parents thought she was a vampire to the
park. After convincing them she was just sneaking out to meet a boy, I came
back to watch the couple on the park bench.
doing more and more flying, and while there are tons of amazing blogs about
travel tips out there, I’m going to suggest something small that has brought me
a lot of comfort. Before you fly, especially on a long flight, put on a brand
new pair of socks. Nothing beats the feeling of a brand new pair of cushy socks
around your feet. They’ll make the flight just a little bit more enjoyable.
I looked at
the offerings and wasn’t impressed. Like most places, they rolled out the
expensive stuff in an effort to impress me. But expensive isn’t the same as
good. I needed a hat to last, and the expensive, exotic felts and ribbons
wouldn’t do that. They clerks kept searching through their stock as I
disregarded hat after hat without even trying it on. I even pointed out the
reasons as they approached: brim too narrow, crown too high, wrong color, poor
lining, bad leather in the band.