Thursday, March 27, 2014

Security. Saccurity.

Airline travel isn't without it's inconveniences. I mean you have to basically strip down just to make it through security. But there are a few ways that I've learned to streamline the process and get through without much hassle.

Dress Appropriately. Wear shoes that easily slip on and off. Don't wear a belt, or any other  unnecessary accessories. These items will slow you down when you inevitably have to take them on and off in the security process. The idea is to get through that security line as quickly as possibly. (Especially if you're anything like me and like to push the limits on getting to your gate in time to board.)

Pack smart. Make sure everything you need is nearby and easy to reach. Your laptop will have to come out, so pack it in a bag that you can slid in and out quickly. You don't want to be fumbling with straps and zippers. On that note, make sure that bag is big enough to hold your 1 quart bag of liquids. You can fit a surprising number of products into those bags. I can easily have everything I need for a week in that one bag. Why dig for them in two different suitcases? And if you bring a water bottle, make sure it's empty. You aren't gonna get that passed the TSA agents.

Other than that, keep your boarding pass and ID handy (my bag as an inner side pocket that works for that), and you're good to go. You can't see it, but there is still plenty of room in my bag for a book, camera, and snacks too (because ain't nobody want to pay for overpriced airport/airplane food).

Plan ahead and be smart and you'll be through security and on your way in no time.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This is how we roll

I travel sort of a lot for someone whose job does not demand it. As luck would have it, I don't consider packing the chore most people do. I view it as my own personal challenge.

Can you fit everything you could possibly need for X number of days into the smallest bag possible?

Challenge accepted.

In my various travels, I stick to carry on only. I mean, why spend the extra time checking your bag only to run the risk of it winding up on consignment in Alabama. (If you don't believe that's where your "lost" baggage goes, read this article by Rebekah Sanderlin.)

I might, maybe, risk of losing my luggage on a return trip, but never on my way to a destination. I don't want to wait three days for a change of clothes, especially considering the fact that most of my travels occur over a  3 to 5 day period.

"So how does one pack for an entire week, in less than two feet of space?" you ask. Let me tell you.

Roll it. Pack it. Mark it with a B . . .

Oh wait, that's not how it goes. But yes, roll it then pack it.

I have been a rolling devotee since the days of my childhood when it was necessary to pack for a month of summer vacation sharing one suitcase with both my sisters. Yes. That means three girls. One suitcase. Mama had to pack that bag. God bless her. She's the one who taught me how to roll. I don't know where she learned it. Maybe it was her days as an Army Brat.

If you've never rolled before, you can find plenty of You Tube videos courtesy of our US military personnel giving you step-by-step instructions.

I say, "If it works for apple pie and the military of the U.S. of A, it works for me."

I depart today with my one carry-on bag any my one personal item. Come back tomorrow for more on how to pack that personal item to your advantage.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Found

Spring break arrived Friday afternoon. Which meant a road trip was in store.

The weekend was spent hanging out with my longest-standing friend. At least 25 years. So hard to believe!

We walked the waterfront, we got pedicures, we went for a run, and we did yard work. Look at these beauties growing in her yard.

The weather was perfect all weekend. Blue sky barbecue weather. And you better believe I attended my first BBQ of the year with some new friends. I also caught a flick at the Laurelhurst Theater.  If you haven't seen Nebraska, do it. It's sad and funny and tender all wrapped into one. Oh that last scene. I'll have to tell the story sometime about why that last scene gets me. 

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend as well. Spring break fun is just beginning to kick off. More meet ups with friends and more fun activities are in store.