Saturday, October 18, 2008

The newest members of our Family! ! ! !

You may think being a Flight Attendant, we're all taken to a secret back room during training to learn to pack the "ultimate suitcase"... Truth be told, We're NOT!!

My education was basically Trial & Error.... If it fits keep it... If it doesn't, Toss it...& you have to be prepared... you NEVER know where you will end up.. Say you are on reserve in January...all you have in your rollerboard are sweaters and long johns, because you have been flying to Canada & the North East.. Yet, On your last day you end up in Miami & it's 85 degrees.. A seasoned Flight attendant would have a swimsuit packed.... RIGHT? It's amazing what a flight attendant can pack in a 21 inch rollerboard. After a year of living out of a Suit Case ,, You some how "Get it".

I tell you that, to tell you this:

This logic has worked pretty well throughout the years... Until..our last cruise. On the shuttle to our hotel we ran into a couple going on the same cruise as us.. the driver hopped out to pull our luggage out of the back, The Better Half and I were amiss... when the driver pulled out 2 tiny suitcases & off the other couple went to check in, then Mr. Driver pulled out our 2 (30 Inch) suitcases, 2 (21 inch) rollerboards & 2 totes... The other couple said "Is that all yours?" Well, YES!! We replied.. & with an inqusitive look on our faces,, We asked "Where is the rest of your luggage?" This is all we brought they said: WOW.. How'd they do that? Understand this was only a 7 day cruise,,,

Time to Down Size: Out with the "30Inch best that Wal-Mart could buy suitcase" & In with the (Drum Roll Please) NEW 26 Incher.. I know what you're thinking... It's only 4 inches? So, does size matter?
Sure it does .. when you're the one who is schelping your suitcase, it is!

In December TBH & I depart for Sydney, Austrilia, with our new 26inchers in tow, We'll be packing for 21 days...Now, just to let you know the way we pack: I "Bundle" & TBH is a "Roller" & if it does'nt fit it Ain't Goin!!!!


Blondie said...

That's just not right! You are supposed to kick around your suitcases and toss 'em in the dirt before you take a picture of them. They look WAAAAY too purdy to be a Flight Attendant's bags...

UpUpnAAway said...

How about I take a BEFORE & AFTER photo for ya,, lol???

GirlonTour said...

Hey I agree..after years of flying I am WORSE at packing. And every 'non' FA around you thinks you can give THEM advice on how to pack....hardly. Another FA blog shows the opposite here (this is packing for a work trip tho) I was very impressed. Take a look:

UpUpnAAway said...

Girl, On Tour,,, Thanks for sharing that link, The picture in her blog looks very familiar..(You know what I mean).

I have spent alot of time in Dubai & have several friends there...I'll kiss your homeland for you in December & next time I'm in Dubai, I'll look you up and we will share notes on packing!!!

Traytable said...

I pretty much take the same thing all the time, I just rotate a few things depending on destination. 6 day trips spanning 4 different climates are a bit trickier, though.

Singapore trips necessitate checking a bigger bag as well as the rollaboard ;)

Enjoy Sydney, have you been before?

UpUpnAAway said...

We have never been to Sydney, This will be our 1st trip, I'm so excited I started a countdown on my calendar at work!!!!!!!!

Don't laugh, I'm trying to pack "light",, Wish me luck!!!

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