Every time I’m involved with checked baggage, there is a problem. Here comes the rant.
My wife and I are travelling Around the World last May and she pulls it off. Katy makes it with “carry on only” God Bless her. From Treviso, Italy to Charleroi, Belgium is Ryanair flight #XXX and some over zealous gate agent says it to big and must be checked. It obviously is not, as we’ve been on six legs that trip already (2 on Ryanair mind you) without checking her bag. So check it we do and while waiting in Charleroi for the bag, our bus into Brussels departs. There goes and hour of the day as we wait for the next one.
Last year, on our way to Scotland to play the most magnificent golf course in the world, Carnoustie, or Car Nasty as the locals call it, we had to check our golf clubs. My travelling partner does not quite have the hang of carry on only, so he checks his clothes too. Northwest loses his golf clubs and checked baggage along with my golf clubs. We miss two days of golf in Troon and Jeff wears the same underwear, pants and shirt for three days. I had my typical carry on so I had my medications and fresh duds to wear. BTW, I complained about the mishandling of our clubs and the fact they got soaking wet along with the things in the bags and received a $200 voucher for each of us. It does pay to speak up.
And just last week on a three day trip to Hawaii, one of our 5 travellers had a checked bag.
Three day trip, and a checked bag? I love him dearly, but three days to a warm climate and a checked bag?? We missed our hotel shuttle while waiting and added another 30 minutes to our return home.
I watch travellers struggle with these massive suitcases, baggage carts, waiting in counter lines and ask myself why? Here is my one travel tip for the day:
There a laundromats all over the world.
It is so easy, to carry so little, and have your laundry done for you, or do it yourself while on vacation. Proper Prior Planning will alleviate the airport hassles and chance of lost luggage and missed connections while waiting.
Our next trip is to New Zealand, Monday, is to New Zealand for almost 3 weeks. It will be “carry on only” our family rule.
In my bag will be:
7 shirts-5 tee type and two dress shirts
7 underwear and 4 pair of socks. Flip flops the other days, as it is summer in NZ.
1 pair of shorts, 1 swim suit and one pair of zip off pants which can go as shorts or long pants
medications and toiletries, sunglasses
cell phone charger
laptop computer and computer power cord
notepad, book and tickets and several DVD’s
nylon windbreaker jacket
I will wear on travel day:
my tennis shoes, a second pair of zip off pants, a long sleeve shirt, socks and a sweater wrapped around my waist for cool evenings and as an extra pillow while flying.
Katy will have the same, maybe add a summer dress, makeup and other “girl stuff”. She is the best.
We are first in line for the hotel shuttle or taxi, and first off the shuttle which, puts us first in line for hotel check in. We save more time, with less hassle than it takes to do a load of laundry ourselves while on the road. And we get to meet some locals in a non tourist atmosphere as a bonus. On our RTW, it cost $7 to take our laundry to be washed, ironed and folded in two hours, while we ate dinner.
Proper Prior Planning
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