Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Travel Redux


If you've checked my Facebook page recently, you might have seen that I had my favorite DSLR camera stolen out of my luggage on my trip to Colorado Springs. It was a GREAT conference, but the trip was less than my best. Not only was my camera stolen and my jewelry case rifled (nothing taken, because I don't have valuable jewelry), but one of my flights was cancelled so I had to squirrel myself away in a hotel room and get up before the birds . . .

But I don't mean to whine. These things happen sometimes. Unfortunately, they all seemed to happen to me on one particular trip.

But the theft has forced me to rethink my mode of packing. Usually I travel light--one big suitcase, one briefcase, one purse. After all, I once lived out of one suitcase, one hangup bag, and one tote for an entire year, so if I can do that, I think I can handle a week in one suitcase. But since the airlines refuse to be responsible for anything of value placed in a suitcase, that forces the traveler to keep his valuables with him/her. So I think from now on I will have to travel with one big suitcase, one small roll-aboard, and one GIGANTIC bag that passes as a brief-purse. I have several bags that would qualify, but have you ever tried to get into a stall in the ladies room while burdened like a pack mule? It isn't easy. It certainly isn't graceful.

So this week I'm in Texas, planning to do some work when I'm not teaching, so I'll need some books, my computer, my notes, and my replacement camera. Which means I'll be carrying a lot more aboard the plane.

Hee-haw.

Angie

P.S. In my research on checked baggage thievery, I stumbled across something useful--it's not foolproof, but it just might frustrate a thief enough that he'll leave your bag alone. Since locks are pretty much useless (because TSA has to be able to open them), try TWIST TIES. Secure your zippered luggage with twist ties, and twist those things until it'll take a saint to get them off. This requires, of course, that YOU be saintly when you reach your destination. :-)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been using the massive tote for quite a while now ... It's probably what did in my back alignment ... but it seems to make it through TSA without too much fuss. Speaking of TSA, I wonder whether they would be as diligent in twisting the ties back for you. Anyway, I'm happy you are enjoying Texas this week. Wish you were closer to San Antonio! Clyde

karenp said...

I like the twist tie idea. If you carry a little pair of wire snippers in your carry on, you can just cut them when you reach your destination. And use fresh ones for the return trip home.

It should keep you safe with TSA staff too who might be tempted. A friend used to say TSA stood for Take Scissors Away...so they won't be able to cut the twist ties :-)

Mocha with Linda said...

I'm sorry you had such a frustrating trip. There are so many restrictions and rules now when flying. It's too bad that protection from terrorists means no protection from sticky-fingered airline employees!

Linda G said...

Maybe you should just bring Gary along to help carry everything :)

Kay Day said...

Maybe there's some way you can booby trap things.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you, Sis! Not only do you need to be like a pack mule, but if you decide to go to the ladies room, you may not find a seat when you return! I've found Linda G's idea the best. Unfortunately for me, dear hubby hates flying. (More accurately, hates the hassle, waiting, and crowds. He loves the flying.)

Hubby has used the twist ties for years. I thought he was just being "frugal" and paranoid. Silly me. He's just brilliant. For the most part they've worked. But I have had orthotics and a spray can of Static Guard lifted. Lovely for those winter conferences! I bet TSA might just take the wire clippers, too.

It seems beyond comprehension that in following the rules, we are defenseless targets (except for twist ties!) for thieves.

Hope you enjoy your conference in spite of...

Blessings,
Mary Kay

Leslie said...

I just realized - your home owners insurance should cover the cost of the camera (depending on your deductible).

I know my renters insurance says it would (depending on the deductible)

Chelsea Baird said...

Twist ties sound like a good idea. I tie the two zippers on my suitcase together with wrapping ribbons (the ribbons you use to decorate presents) and tie a gazillion knots in them. When I've done this, no one has tried to cut them off. I'm so sorry that you're camera was stolen!