As I get ready for the New Tech Conference in Grand Rapids I have been hearing lots of commentary by teachers on what they are bringing. Invariably I hear them lamenting the costs of checking baggage. But, in our world (home), the thought of checking bags is a non-starter. “Do NOT let them get your hands on your bags.” That is the battle cry of my wife, Sheila Scarborough, who is a social media trainer for the travel and tourism world.
So, as I get ready for my trip the number one thought going through my mind is what not to bring. That makes it much easier than if I had my heart set on a certain item and had to give it up to make it fit. When I arrive at the check in I will have my carry-on luggage and a computer bag. Nothing else. So where do I start?
Since I live with the woman I always ask my wife to go through my packing with me to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything and to make sure I’m not taking too much stuff. For those of you who don’t live with her she has created a great video on “How to Pack a Carry on Suitcase.”
As you saw in that video, you really can pack a lot in there if you plan right. And to plan right you need to look at your itinerary. Mine? Well, I fly into Chicago on Saturday for a conference that is in Grand Rapids on Tuesday. I fly out of Chicago the following Saturday and the conference ends on Thursday. That gives me days before and after to travel and see a bit of Michigan.
But, that means I need clothes for seeing a baseball game and having a few beers (maybe a nice dinner) in Chicago. It means conference attire and workout wear for the conference days. And it means clothes to go hiking or a run along the beach at Sleeping Bear Dunes Northwest of Grand Rapids.
I’ve already decided that I need enough clothes to make it until Wednesday. I will have to wash clothes on Tuesday or Wednesday during the conference. A bit inconvenient but worth not checking a bag and paying to worry about it not arriving at my destination.
You can do a conference with minimum clothing. But, you really do have to plan out each day in advance. Watch the video and make a list of what you want to bring and you can successfully avoid those baggage handlers who so lovingly take care of your luggage.