Episode 23: Bag Checking Protocol

When your trip requires enough luggage that you MUST check a bag, what does the experienced traveler do?

Time Stamped Show Notes:

0:25 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)
Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake

1:01 – Gail went to PHX (Phoenix) and has THOUGHTS

2:26 – The internet told her it would be hot, sure, duh – but the taste of the filtered water is… awful – the worst Gail has experienced the world over

3:28 – Piper’s water heater that had a hole eaten through it: Zojirushi –
–> https://amzn.to/2Ela16h

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Main Topic -> Checking a Bag

6:34 – What is it that makes even experienced/prepared travelers like our hosts check their bags?  (Hint: it tends to be lengthy cons where sales are necessary and/or bringing things internationally to family)

7:36 – shared checked bag protocol (when traveling with a partner) – plus details on being prepared for a cruise and dealing with porters

9:539 – be aware of the maximum possible overhead space

10:04 – its never as big a deal to fly home with a checked bag as it is to check a bag on your way to your travel destination; traveling with a non-expanded bag on your way out allows you to expand it and check said bag on the way home

11:15 – checked bags allow you to reduce bulk; take advantage of this redistribution luxury

12:30 – traveling with a camera (DSLR) or a Gary Fong light filter (that fits inside your hat?)

13:13 – changing the “how” and “type” of your bag when knowing you’ll be checking a bag (clam-shell, hard-sided, and other options)

14:42 – tiny rolly-totes can be stacked on the checked bag once you get it back (…if you do…)

16:00 – a continuation of the ongoing roller-bag versus backpack argument between Piper and Gail

17:45 – look back in the archive for the achilles’ tendon damage podcast

18:15 – have an emergency outfit in your carry-on regardless of if you’re checking your bag

19:30 – obtaining a “care-kit” from the airline you’re flying

20:05 – take a picture of your bag so you can show it to a luggage attendant, just in case

21:00 – can you tell the ladies have favorite travel stories?  😛

23:11 – make sure you do something to differentiate your checked bag from other checked bags and DO be prepared for said bag to be lost (don’t allow a missing bag to ruin your trip)

“its never as big a deal to fly home with a checked bag as it is to check a bag on your way to your travel destination…”

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23:35 – luggage accessories

Gail – tupperware with snap-top for hats/fascinators’/steampunk accouterments/snacks

 Piper – space-saver compression bags

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26:31 – Outro and thanks to: Producer Matt

Special thanks to Dan Sawyer of Artistic Whisper for editing this episode!

Thanks for listening; Travel smart and pack the snacks!

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