Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Packing is my cardio

Baggage Restrictions for International Travel, by Continental Airlines:

1 carry on bag, no more than 54 linear inches, no more than 40 pounds
1 carry on personal item (purse, laptop, etc.)
1 free checked bag, no more than 62 linear inches, no more than 50 pounds
2nd checked bag is $25, also no more than 62 linear inches, no more than 50 pounds

Checked bags that weigh more than 50 pounds and less than 70 pounds cost $50 extra per bag. Bags that weigh more than 70 pounds will not be accepted.

Okay, now let's take a look at what I packed:

1 carry on bag, exactly 54 linear inches, 35 pounds
1 abnormally large personal item (a backpack stuffed with my laptop, books, notebook, camera, cables, and of course a ham sandwich ;-)
1 checked bag, exactly 62 linear inches, weighing in at 66 pounds
1 checked bag, exactly 62 linear inches, weighing in at a startling 69 pounds!

Needless to say, I spent the better part of this evening sitting on my suitcases and cramming things in as I tried desperately to get them to zip... Eventually they did, but man, that was rough! I reeeeeally hope I don't have to open either one again for any reason until I arrive.

I'm leaving tomorrow at 1:30 PM, and surprisingly I'm not even a total mess about it anymore. I'm actually feeling really calm and really excited! The only thing that stands between me and Buenos Aires now is 19 hours of travel... ugh.

Wish me luck!!! Love to all. <3

2 comments:

Mark said...

Good Luck. Have a safe trip down. Can't wait to hear of the adventures...

Heather said...

you did it! you have arrived and i mean that literally and figuratively. you ROCK! we are soooo proud of you, how you diligently and with purpose kept at your many to-do lists and chipped away, at times 3/4 asleep, at each one until ALL was accomplished. we award you the St. Christopher's Travelers Award for calm, safe traveling AND the American Tourister's Award for cramming in nearly 200 lbs (!!!) of clothes, toiletries, books, food, bandades and OTC drugs, SHOES AND BOOTS, jeans, did i say jeans, JEANS and DRESES, etc. we miss you. xoxo mom and billy