Not that my luggage is quite this classy or anything…
In the past, our luggage actually looked a lot more like this:
Which is one reason we purchased a new set of suitcases for this conference – that and… all of the ones we have are a bit battle-scarred.
You may want to consider buying some new luggage yourself… especially if you fly – unless what you already have will fit what the airline allows. In that case, don’t spend the $$$ because it will probably get thrown all over the place in transit anyway.
If you are flying, make sure you check the rules for the specific airline you are flying with.
They ALL seem to have different rules and you don’t want to get to the airport only to find out that you can’t board the plane.
To be safe, stick with the travel sizes for any bottle! They can be sticklers about that.
If you are driving, make sure you account for the fact that in St. Louis, you will most likely have to pay for parking – if you stay at the Hyatt where the conference is being held, or another Hotel nearby. You don’t want to have to make six trips back to your vehicle.
Pack smart – if you have odds and ends, put them in an extra suitcase (preferably one that’s stackable or that can be attached to your main case) instead of having two or three bags or boxes on top of your regular luggage.
Consider bringing snacks and/or sandwiches.
You never know when you’re going to hit a stretch of road where there are NO exits for miles and miles and miles.
And speaking of a stretch of road that goes for miles with no exits… STOP for restroom breaks before it becomes an emergency – same with fuel!
Stop to fill up when your tank hits the halfway mark.
Play it safe! You’ll have a more enjoyable trip that way!
And as far as the packing goes…
MAKE A LIST! – And it sounds trite but check it TWICE!
Pack at least one extra outfit. Things happen and you may not have time or $$$ to shop for something new!
Don’t forget your travel shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion, toothpaste and the ever important toothbrush!
I can’t tell you how many times I failed to bring mine, thinking that the hotel would have it and had to go buy some when we got there because they didn’t… or the type they have gives me a rash… or it doesn’t stretch the whole visit and they want to charge an arm and a leg for another (in that case, go to a local wal-mart – trust me, it WILL be cheaper).
And watch for more posts to come as we count down to the 2014 ACFW Conference!