Friday, May 3, 2013

Warning: Baggage May Appear Lighter Than It Really Is

One of the main difficulties of nomadic living is "stuff". Having just witnessed one of the strangest winters North Dakota has ever seen, it was nearly impossible for me to repack my clothes. My coat, sweaters, boots, and warm clothing had managed to breed and multiply in my closet during my co-op. Even worst, I was returning to warm sunny 70-80 degree weather, so it made no sense to wear my bulkiest clothing.

So I did two things:

Donate- Though I had only packed enough clothes to get me through 4 months of an arctic winter, there were still plenty of clothes that I either didn't wear or was just sick of looking at. These I folded into a bag and donated to the nearest thriftstore. If I had more time, I might have tried a consignment shop so I could have at least made some money back.

FedEx- Mailing made sense not only for bulky clothing that would weigh down my luggage, but also for bedding, furniture, souvenirs, and knick-nacks that were too big for my carry on.

Other than the fact that I was unable to mail my things because FedEx was closed and am still waiting for my roommate to mail the boxes, this was a pretty good method. I was still able to fit plenty in my luggage without going over the airline's weight limit.

Now the next challenge will be packing my summer bags.

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