We all know I'm coming to Sydney.
We all know I'm doing it on a tight budget.
(aren't we all?)
So I bought the cheapest possible flight tickets.
No check in luggage, carry on only.
Carry on weight limit is 10kgs. Or under.
Which brings me to my dilemma.
Is this 10kgs a total weight encompassing weekender bag plus handbag?
Or is it just for the weekender, which I class as luggage, with a handbag being a separate unaccountable item?
Can anyone help me out here?
Have any of you flown with just carry on luggage?
Was your handbag classed as part of that weight or not?
Because I can fit quite a bit in a handbag..........
If the total limit is the 10kgs, what do I bring and what do I leave home?
Do I skip clothes in favour of my laptop, which doesn't weigh all that much, but I'd have to bring the power cord, there's a few extra ounces. And of course the camera has to come.
Never leave home without it.
I have a list........but............
Do I bring clothes, but just underwear and wear the same pair of jeans for the whole time?
Which I'm happy enough to do, happens here at home all the time.
But there's the nice pants, shirt and shoes my girl bought me for the conference day.
I want to wear them, for her.
Then there's toiletries.
I have bottles and jars of this and that, but in giant economy sizes. They weigh a ton.
So I've bought those little empty bottles in a bag from the cheap shop and I'm transferring small amounts into them. (Hope the stuff comes out as easily as it goes in.)
I'm not sure about my nail file. Are these allowed on planes now? My nails break all the time, I need it. *sigh* I guess I could bring emery boards....can't highjack a plane with those....
Toothbrush, comb, soap........antihistamine.....they don't weigh much.
I'll need a book to read on the plane, better choose a thin one, weighs less than something having 700 pages.
No wait! I can take a book of puzzles instead.
They're thin like a magazine, but much more entertaining.
And the flight is only a couple of hours.
Gosh, there's so much more planning involved than I thought.
At first I was thinking, toss a few things in this bag here, and go.
Then there's the return trip.
Ticket booked and paid for.
Carry on luggage only.
This means bringing less to Sydney to begin with, or not buying any souvenirs.
Hmmm, another dilemma.
(I'll know better next time I fly. There'll be check in luggage for sure.)
I wonder how accurate my bathroom scales are?
I could pack the weekender with everything I'd like to take,
weigh it, then add or remove as necessary.
Seems like a good idea. Of course theory and practical don't always match up.......
So much stressing!
I've had to make a pancake lunch to calm myself down.