If you ever looked at my suitcase, you’d laugh at all the crap I have on it to make it stand out from all the other bags. Above all, I made sure I did NOT choose black when I bought most recent big suitcase…it’s navy blue. I also have 2 Buc-ee’s luggage tags on it, as well as a set of Hoops & YoYo luggage tags. Plus a shoelace from when I had PacMan sneakers in the 1980s, AND a bright pink dog collar around a handle on top. So yeah…easy to see, easy to find in a crowd. But I think I just found something that would make finding luggage not only easier to find, but also a whole lot less likely to be stolen:
When Joe went on his (very first) business trip a while back, I decided to surprise him and show up at his hotel the day after he arrived. My goals were (A) to do it as cheaply as possible and (B) for him to be surprised and not find out ahead of time (which, under our circumstances, was not a simple task). I’m happy to say that both goals were accomplished ;-).
You can read about my entire planning process and how it all went if you’d like (I must say it was, to date, the best surprise I ever pulled off). But this post is moreso about the luggage I used during the trip.
Sometimes when you travel you just have too much luggage – too many bags, too much weight, you name it. Or another example – I remember one time Joe and I had a trip where we started in Los Angeles (where it was warm), and then went to Alaska (where it was cold), so we needed to have a week’s worth of entirely different sets of clothing. So what do you do? Well, you can pay for multiple bags. Or have overstuffed bags that are too heavy.
Or you can have your bags shipped!
Raise your hand if you’re an overpacker. I know I am. For some reason, when I know I’m going to be living out of a suitcase for X number of days, I feel like I have to bring x2 of almost everything.
Apparently I’m not the only one though. The internets are filled with people who share my pain (and heavy luggage) of overpacking. Here are some of the funnier examples…
We posted a while back how easy it is for thieves to break into electronic hotel safes. Several people who read it said they leave their valuables in their suitcases because they keep them locked with TSA compliant locks, so people can’t get in and take their stuff.
We hate to tell them, and you, but it’s even easier to break into a zippered suitcase with a lock than it is to break into a hotel safe. Watch: