I am headed out to the CorelDraw Unleashed User’s Conference for a week of software, photography and fun. As I carefully prep for the flight to Phoenix, I am increasingly conscious of rapidly changing airline baggage restrictions, edicts by the FAA, Homeland Security, and the other agencies making certain my trip, if not pleasurable will at least be safe and uncomfortable.
Since my last flight, the airline with whom I will be flying has changed the dimensions of carry-on baggage and my laptop bag of four years and my camera backpack of two years have grown too large to carry on. In addition, at $100 for an additional checked bag, I can’t afford to have to yield a carry-on to checked baggage. It is getting tougher to fly. Fortunately, I have Flying with Fish to aid me. If you haven’t checked out his blog, it is a great source of information regarding the traveling professional with gadgets.
To that end, I am carefully culling gear I would normally carry. Two bodies, three lenses and two flashes is all the camera gear I will allow. That means I leave behind three lenses I normally carry, one flash and a camera body. The 17 inch laptop has been replaced by a 14 inch version. The weight will be less, the size will be reduced but the anxiety of the failure of a piece of equipment or the lack because of a missing piece of equipment will be greater.
I have reverted to a smaller laptop case, an older camera bag and am weighing my suitcase to make certain I can pass through to the friendly skies undeterred if not unscathed.
Now, on the road again…
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