Friday, April 29, 2011

Pack Rat

So I'm going to Hawaii for work this weekend.

Don't be too jealous. I will literally be in Hawaii for a total of 42 hours.

I am an alumni director and our office (aka me) hosts regional events for our alums. Most of these events are usually within driving distance so packing up boxes of University "logo-ed" giveaways, laptops, projectors, screens, extension cords, RSVP lists, name tags, pens, flash drives is as easy as - toss it on the cart, wheel it to my car, and skedaddle. Easy enough.

I experienced my first non-clothing packing panic.

This "regional" event is a six hour plane ride all by my lonesome with my luggage annnnd all the alumni stuff  not to mention the airline bag fees that come along with it. Luckily Alaskan Airlines has cheap bag fees (yay!)

I thought about shipping my supplies but the cost to ship a bunch of stuff there and 1/2 that same amount back (since I'm bringing giveaways), have it all arrive on time and not broken, and be able to pack it up and ship it back 1 day later was just too scary for a paranoid over planner like me to handle.

So the stuff is coming with me. Problem is- I've never had limited packing space for an event and was quickly slapped with the dilemma of possibly reducing my cargo. So I did what any gal would do and got a bigger suitcase! :) I brought the largest friggin' suitcase I had and analyzed the goods. What was priority and what could stay? Hmmmmm. None of it! None of it could stay at the office. Ok, so the extension cord can stay but literally everything else needs to come with me!


So I packed and repacked and maneuvered and squished and finally got it all in there! Now to see if it's under 50 lbs......

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