Time for the final planning sequence for my trip tomorrow to Seattle. I follow faithfully the advice from OneBag on all trips. There is no reason to check bags whatsoever in this age. Checking baggage means you are putting your comfort in the hands of the Airline baggage handlers and TSA. Is that what you want? Here are Mike’s rules for travel any old place.
Apply the Rule of 4 for clothing like t-shirts, socks, and underwear. Even when gone for weeks I have done this and have sufficient clothing for a week and then off the stuff goes to the laundry or cleaners.
How many pairs of pants do you really need? How many warm shirts or hoodies or sweaters? I think for a trip of 5 days you need one spare pair of pants. Wear the warm shirt or hoodie.
What do you really need for electronics? Do you really need the laptop, the tablet, the phone? Consider not only the devices but also the power bricks for each thing. It quickly turns into a mess of cables, bricks, different proprietary connectors. I guess I’m spoiled with Android devices with their same USB power cables. I also throw in my Tmobile Wifi Hotspot for good measure. Its nice to have 4g based network connectivity at most places.
Lets review the power requirements for this stuff next. You need to simplify there too. I pack a single 4 port AC adaptor which is rates for 110 to 240. Very important to find this since many of the places I’ve gone are not 110. I next plug into this a 5 port Amzer USB charger which can hold a tablet, a phone, bluetooth headset and charge all at the same time. This plugs into the AC adaptor. Now I have power for all devices I use. The goal here is to get down to a single AC plug into the wall in the hotel folks. You don’t want to worry and fuss over the stupid places hotels tend to put their AC plugs.
Now we have the clothing, the electronics, and the power requirements all together. Back to OneBag and lets see the smart way to pack. Forget about rolling and folding and all that stuff. None of that works and it just takes up room. Here’s the smart way to pack.
Notice the method to the madness here folks. This creates an easily manageable bundle of clothing. Some would say its more difficult to maintain but I have never had problems with rebundling and relocating.
Combine this with my RedOxx AirBoss carry on bag and I have the consummate traveler setup. The AirBoss has a deceptive looking amount of room and I’ve packed it full even past the rule of 4 I stipulated above.
This bag can be crammed full of stuff and still meet the Airlines space limitations on carry on bags easily. I’ve flown on regional and smaller airlines and it fits. Flying into Chennai India is a breeze with this bag. Back in the day, I was out of the airport and in a pre-paid Taxi or in the hotel taxi while the other folks were still getting their bags scanned. I imagine I saved a good 30 minutes in India at each airport traveling this way.
This also worked for me flying into Changi Airport in Singapore. I was out the door with the AirBoss for a cab by the time the other people were claiming baggage.
For this trip though, its even simpler. The rule of 4 applies and I have a restricted set of electronics to carry. Power needs are minimal and when I head out tomorrow, its with two carry on bags for my two hour trip. I’ll be out of the airport at SeaTac and in the light rail while everyone else is wondering why their bags have not left the airplane yet.
Conclusions or so…
So travel this way is less worrisome but it takes a re-thinking of the rules that we seem to be born into. The rules like carry the stupid roller bag that will not fit as a carry on bag anyways and bump everyone’s heads or ankles or knees. Try to travel with more than the allocated number of carry on bags and piss off the others. Carry way more stuff than you really need.
I’ve learned after a lot of international flights and business travel, the light travel meant less concern about lay overs either planned or not planned. The worst part once was having my checked luggage go straight through from SFO to Chennai and I had a hours layover in Singapore. No clean clothes, no toothpaste, no nothing. Very irritating.
Don’t be one of those. Think about what you want to accomplish with travel and plan it out.