Packing: Weekend Getaway
I know this because when I checked in for my flight to Indonesia I had to pay $170 in overweight baggage fees. This was for a plane ticket that only cost $75. Ouch!
I’m getting damned tired of paying overweight fees so I have a new 3-pronged Lean & Mean Packing strategy:
1) Downsizing the gear
Take for example my utensil set. I had a very fancy stainless steel fork / knife / spoon combo that nestled together and had a protective cap. I bought it at REI for about $4.00.
I really liked it – sleek and modern — but it weighed a hefty 4 ounces = too heavy. It’s been ditched for the new plastic “spork” that weighs a mere 0.2 ounce. This is Lean & Mean Living.
2) Leave a little behind
I also leave a little something behind with each stop I make. First it was my two travel bags, then it was a few items of clothing, recently it was a converter set and miscellaneous toiletries.
I’ve been asking myself questions like: Is mouthwash really necessary? How many hair bands do I need? Won’t some moleskin take the place of 20 band aids? It’s brutal I tell you!
3) It’s in the mail
Some of my stuff I’m having trouble abandoning and so I’m mailing it home – on the slow boat. I’ve mailed gear home from New Zealand and Australia both. My last package cost about $34 and will take almost 3 months to arrive.
This bundle contained 2 long-sleeved shirts, a polar vest, a wool sweater and a pair of skinny jeans. Clothing that I figured would cost about $300 to replace and hey, a pair of jeans that fit = priceless.
Off they went on their own sea-time adventure until they’re needed again in about a year’s time.
The Biggest Loser
Once I’ve broken the 20 kilo barrier, I’ll shoot for 15 kilos (33 lbs) since this is the weigh that is free on all airlines. This means I have more than 20 lbs to lose, nearly 40% of my total weigh!
I’m a fairly goal-oriented person, so I bet I get there. It’ll just take a little time…and practice letting go of the few possessions I still have in my shell.
This entry was posted on Monday, March 7th, 2011 and is filed under What to Pack.