We made it to LAX and there was no issue with our tickets. The fellow who checked us in at the desk said sometimes the British Airways connections require you to check in with your passport or visa in person as a security measure, so yay, we breezed through. Also we really breezed through — it took us a grand total of fourteen minutes to check in, go through security, and collect our bags on the other side.
We have a lot of time for pre-flight cocktails. If you see news reports about two crazy, sleep-deprived people reciting Walt Whitman poems at the Admiral’s Lounge, that could be us.
Unlike my excellent pre-flight planning of June, this time I was not packed even when the Captain walked through the door to collect me. I got waylaid with work and life and blah blah until panic o’clock struck and I had to get my situation situated.
I had plenty of help, of course.
I’m not sure why I was so disorganized and chaotic, but it took me much longer than I expected and I’m not completely confident I brought the right underwear.
By contrast, below are two pics of the Captain packing a few nights ago. He looks like a hot mess and at first it was a little alarming, because his methodology is to remove literally every. last. thing. from all his dresser drawers and fling them in piles. But somehow he managed to do that, select the winners, pack, zip up his bag, and return everything else to the dresser drawers in under 20 minutes. WHAT IS THAT VOODOO.
On this trip we are both taking only carryon bags — a small rollerboard bag each and one laptop-style backpack each.
Here’s what’s in my baggage (I think):
- Five tops
- Five pairs of skirted leggings
- Undies (6) (perhaps), bras (2), socks (6)
- Toiletries and personal items
- Two pajama bottoms & one top
- One jacket (packed) and one jacket to carry
- A pile of electronics — laptop, iPad, chargers, camera stuff, converters, mini tripod, lenses. Selfie stick this time!
- Packing cubes for all the above
- Little bags for sundries (eye mask, wet wipes, makeup, lip gloss) and hair ties
- Clear plastic bag for liquids (shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, etc.)
- My backpack
- A cross-body purse
- Passport, a few pens
- One handknit slouchy Helsinki hat that I need to finish on the plane
- A small folding nylon shopping bag
- Goldfish in mini cartons.
- Knitting project (I brought a scarf)
- Portable white noise machine
That last one seems insane maybe, but it helps me get a good night’s sleep anywhere and I almost never travel without it. It’s small and pretty light and comes with international adapters. I’m wearing my flower power Nikes and not taking any other shoes.
REALLY looking forward to this trip, I cannot wait to eat a Danish in Denmark, which is probably a pastry but may be a person.