Wednesday, January 23, 2013

But What About All My Shoes?

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

I've got this gig I mentioned way back. I'll be writing a new cozy mystery series set in the Scottish Highlands. Research time is coming up in March - flying into Dublin for a few days then on to Edinburgh and day trips into the Highlands.

My daughter tells me travel limits within the European countries is different than direct flights from the U.S. to other destinations. And they all carry on. Okay I can do that. But (she says) the flight from Ireland to Scotland is going to be dicey because the limit is 22 lb.

WHAT??!! There's a minimum weight, how cool is that.
No, she says, that's the max.
OMG! She can't be serious.

The guy with all the stuff could be my twin. I always stuff a big bag until it's 49.999 pounds (I actually weigh it to come in just under the 50 they allow). And I'm always annoyed when I'm usually charged to check it.

If I could eliminate the checked bag, I could save a bundle. For this trip downsizing is a requirement not an option.

But 22 pounds is nothing. How in the world do I become her??



Aurian said...

Lol Deb. You'll just have to take sensible clothes you can mix and match. It will be cold and wet up there. But you can have a seperate bag for hand luggage as well.

The one and only time I traveled by airplane from Holland, the weight limit was 20 kilo's. I have no idea how much that is in your weird weight measurements.

Anonymous said...

Gucci Outlet are perfect.

Denise Z. said...

I don't know if you're familiar with travelsmith dot com, but it's a company geared to travel clothes (which also happen to be office-appropriate).

The company offers five or seven piece outfits that mix and match, and it also offers lovely reversible skirts and dresses. OK, that won't help you where you're going, but the mix and match stuff might.

I'm envious of your good fortune - and wish you a great trip.

Unknown said...

When I was in college one of my friends wore three coats and four pair of pants to the airport so she could carry on the rest.

Deb said...

Haha. Love these tips. Off to shop:)

Joanie said...

You can do this. Truly! Here's how--My husband and I and my daughter and her fiance went to London for a week. Before we left I made sure we had access to washer/dryer, then I gave everyone his/her own rolling backpack. Not a rolling suitcase, but a black backpack with rollers that kids use to haul around those hundreds of pounds of books each year. Everyone had to take only what would fit in their backpacks and my daughter's and my purses. And it worked beautifully. We each wore a pair of shoes, took another in the back packs, used plastic bags to compress and organize our small items and tee-shirts, took three complete outfits and wore one for traveling. Then when we were there we laundered everything dirty at mid-week so we only had to do the one time. Truly, it was freeing. Best of all, because of a snafu in one of our flights, we had to change to another flight if we wanted to make our connection (the airline desk attendant helping us went to her knees and thanked God when I said we didn't have to worry about her finding checked baggage). If we'd had checked luggage it would not have flown on the same flight we did. Since we had backpacks we could roll our luggage right onto the plane and stuff them in the overheads. And in the case where we had to hurry to catch a connection, we all hefted our backpacks onto our backs so we could move more quickly through human traffic. Finally, having the backpacks also allowed us to use them on a daily basis as we were there, so we didn't have to have luggage and additional daypacks to manage. Good luck and have fun!!!!

ANNETTE said...

Joanie, you are a genius....but actually I love the idea of wearing 3 coats.

Deb said...

Joanie, thanks to you I've already located a place to wash clothes mid-trip. I'm going native.

Linda McDonald said...

Wow, 22 pounds is not much! But, it sounds like it will be an awesome research trip! I like Debra's comment about her friend wearing a bunch of clothes on the flight. That is funny.

Julie said...

Forget luggage! Just buy a new wardrobe when you arrive! ;)