Saturday, June 22, 2013

3 weeks out, thinking about...luggage

"Luggage check" is new on my To Do list.  In the past 5 years, airlines have gotten much stricter about bag sizes and weights. Normally I wouldn't be so concerned but we have a couple of extra things to consider.

First, we will be taking additional donation items with us. Although mostly our donations are monetary so that the project can buy what is needed, there are extra physical items we will be taking that have been donated by our church. These will be spread around suitcases to distribute the weight.

Second, we will also be distributing our own clothes among various suitcases. This is so that, in the event of someone having a delayed or lost suitcase, that person will still have some clothes to wear! I have been warned that has a higher risk of happening when traveling to Central America.

Also, sizes of carry on bags are limited - too large and they have to be checked in and sent as an extra suitcase as additional cost.

We'll be traveling with American Airlines. Their information can be found here: Baggage allowance. Going over the limit can be expensive, $100 or $200 for having an overweight bag, and $200 for over-sized. Too big, they just won't take it.
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