Me and my Smart Alec went to Walt Disney World
Just went to Orlando this past weekend on a quick extended weekend trip with friends (it was mostly "work" for MousePlanet). I considered taking my Western Flyer, but chose my Smart Alec instead this time. I was flying by myself and thought it might be fun to be nice and mobile.
It was just for 4 days but I'm doing a half-marathon in 2 weeks (the Monterey Bay Half-Marathon) so I needed to be able to do a long run over the weekend (in this case, 9 miles) so I had to take some running gear with me. Still, everything packed up just fine. I took:
- A pair of Orthaheel slippers (this sounds terrible but I don't like walking indoors barefoot because it makes my heels tired)
- Running shirt, an extra T-shirt, and the shirt I wore on the trip
- A pair of jeans, a pair of comfy stretch pants for the flight, and a pair of zip-off travel pants
- A pair of running socks, a pair of socks, a pair of compression socks for the flight, and a pair of compression sleeves for after the long run
- Pajama shorts because I was rooming with 6 other people and I don't think they would've appreciated my walking around in undies
- Pashmina-type scarf for cooler evenings and for in-flight chilliness
- Long-sleeve training jacket (outerwear)
- Packable windbreaker
- Running shoes (which I wound up wearing everywhere, including my long run)
- iPad, iPhone
- Misc, including toiletries in a 3-1-1 kit, chargers, makeup, etc.
Got all my clothes into a TB packing cube organizer, which I could just drop right into the Smart Alec. Of all the various packing tricks, I think packing cubes are the easiest and smartest way to go--makes packing so much easier. I also took a TB Travel Tray. I kept a lot of the misc stuff in there while I traveled, and then just left it on the bathroom counter during my stay, and it kept everything in place and easy to get to.
On a side note, if you stay on Disney property, they offer a free bus shuttle from and to Orlando International Airport. This saves a ton of money, but it's a bit inconvenient because they give you a set time to ride a specific bus based on your returning flight that's 3 hours before your flight. I took this shuttle and while I was waiting for it to arrive, I was waiting with a bunch of people... and I *KNOW* most travelers pack way too much, but it was still jawdroppingly astounding exactly how much people pack!
Most families had enough luggage that it completely filled up one of those full-sized bellhop carts (not an airport luggage cart, but the BIG ones with big brass handles). Even young kids looked like they had behemoth suitcases!
Seeing all that always makes me wonder, do people really have to take that many possessions with them when they travel?