03 June 2008

Traveling Tips... Luggage...

When we were getting ready to move to Uganda I thought the most important thing for us to own would be a good set of luggage… traveling the world with rolling bags that could max out any airlines weight requirements…

Rolling Bags don’t make any sense at all to me now… rolling bags implies that you have enough free hands to roll each bag… anyone ever heard of a luggage chart?

Rolling bags don’t make any sense when your traveling with 10 bags and 4 carry-on bags… even with all those wheels I still need 3 free hands to keep take of Noah and Kadin…

Rolling bags don’t stack well on luggage carts… especially when we try to stack them 5 high…

Rolling bags will cost you $50-$150 a pop and no matter who the manufacture is they will only last about 4 international flights until some baggage handler or inspector decides turn it into a piñata…

I’d like to introduce all of you world travelers to the $5 rubber maid… just drill 4 holes and seal it with 4 zip ties and you are set for your next journey abroad…

Complaint #1 “it’s too heavy”… but with 50lbs max being the new standard for airlines… anyone who can load their own cart at Costco should be more than able to load their bag… aka rubber maid… onto the luggage cart…

Complaint #2 “how can they be inspected?”… airline security have millions of knives stashed away from careless passengers who leave their Leatherman in their carry-on bags… they can easily cut it open and be pleased to find 4 extra zip ties sitting at the top of your bag… next to the milk and cookies you set out for them….

Complaint #3 would be “I don’t want to lift all that luggage”… then don’t… with all the money you saved start passing out a few tips to all the eager help standing around the airport… between check-in at Fort Myers… baggage claim at DC… check-in and check-out at our hotel… check-in at DC... baggage claim at Entebbe I dolled out around $40 in tips and still hand plenty of hands and energy to herd in Noah and Kadin and make sure they made it to each of the stops…if I were just traveling around Africa I could have made it by on $4 in tips and still looked like a high roller…

Benefits for missionaries… at least this one… personal storage has not made it’s way to Uganda yet… having a wife that fantasizes about organizing… rubber maids are about as exciting and rewarding as a trip to the day spa and a box of chocolates… and for the guy you get the excitement of drilling holes in your luggage and opening them up with your pocket knife… they are much easier to stack on the luggage racks… and with 4 breathing holes they make a great place to give your toddler a time out…

Benefits for the visitors… if you are bringing a bag for the missionary you don’t need to worry about getting back your $150 rolling Samsonite… instead you can make the missionaries day and leave behind the gift that will make all their organizational fantasize come true…

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