Thursday, June 25, 2009

Packing decsions

So you've booked a walking tour. And you have to get through the airport(s) security. And you'll be staying more than a day. Can you see the problem?

At first, we were thinking that we would just be ruthless and travel really, really light. Just enough stuff so we can scoot on and off planes and not worry about lost bags. But, then we got to thinkin'. What about our beautiful - and so useful - walking sticks? No way they're getting through security. And, no way, they'll fit in a carry-on if they did. BTW, this case is no longer an approved size so we'd have to buy new bags. So - plan scupperer #1.

Now, I really would like to have my knitting with me at some point. I have read all the regs, read all the posts to several forums and have come up with: No Answer. It's all over the map. My favorite solution is 'don't ask; don't tell' and just walk through security. As you all know, I am such a super-cool grammy that I hit all the profiler's hot buttons as someone who must be given careful scrutiny. Anne's even higher on the list. Maybe that solution won't be so good. Plan-scupperer #2.

So, we've decided on travelling light with our backpacks. But we also will check a small (but now over-size) bag with all that unapproved for carry-on stuff in it. And a clever packing tube with our poles.

Now, decision painfully made, to get all our lists and gear together.


Rudee said...

I've flown in the states several times with my knitting needles without an issue. To be certain, put the stitches on a holder and pack your wood needles in an eyeglass case. Problem solved.

Joanna said...

If you're going on a walking tour you'll need your walking sticks for sure. Glad you figured out a way to get them there. You must be getting excited about your trip.


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