Really – is there anyone out there who loves packing? I have suitcase envy. I keep searching for the perfect carry-on that can contain my clothes, school visit props, handouts, hostess gift, and computer (and, sometimes, data projector) and still be light enough to lift into the overhead compartment. I haven’t been successful yet.
As you’ll see in the photos below, none of my exquisite luggage matches.
I go for the lightest items possible. I do know some authors travel only with one carry-on and a toothbrush (I’m so jealous!). Usually these are folks who carry only a flash drive with their PowerPoint show on it and trust the school to have the right equipment. (I’m not that brave yet.) One female friend dresses only in black. (An East Coast thing.) A male friend wears the same sports jacket and trousers for traveling & assemblies and takes along one or two shirts for variety. (If only!)
But here’s how I’ve managed to condense my gear, so far.
Carry-on: This contains All That I Need to Do My Assemblies — in other words, the one suitcase I need to keep close tabs on: 4 of my books to display, props, data projector, hostess gift, handouts and my PowerPoint on a Flash drive for backup. I can live without P.J.s. but not my show!
Backpack: I stuff my purse, netbook computer, Kindle, snacks and data sheets for host, hotel & flights in here.
Suitcase: My assembly outfit is a “costume.” Translate to mean something “artsy” from Chico’s or Coldwater Creek that is impervious to wrinkles. If I’m doing more than one school visit on a trip, I’ll take an additional top. I throw in sweats, P.J.s, requisite undergarments, cosmetic case and a flashlight in case of emergencies.
Do you have any packing tips to share? Can you tell I need advice?!