Thursday, April 02, 2009

Flight things

Last night I packed up our clothes for our week in Florida. We are not leaving until April 12th but since I am privileged (ahem) to be flying on an airline that charges you $25 to check your bag if you don’t belong to their special club, I am shipping my bag down by UPS.

I had to balance the need to pack 2 weeks before we actually leave against having to deal with the airline check in procedure.

This was no contest.

I did have to buy new bottles of shampoo, toothpaste, hair gel, etc and pack them in the box because of the TSA carry on regulations, but it’s not like I won’t use the stuff and it doesn’t expire. I even managed to get one of my firm full pillows in the box. (My folks have pillows that are either super flat or feather stuffed and I’m allergic to those so I bring my own)

This leaves me just needing to pack medicines, make up and electronics into my carry on, plus whatever toys the boys want to take and a couple of books.

And it was only $17 to ship the box.

And I trust UPS to keep track of my stuff more than I trust the airline to do so.

The box will arrive Monday, which just blows me away because the delivery policy times say 5-7 business days to FL from where I live. Had I known that I would have held off until next Tuesday.

I had to call my folks to make sure they would be around on Monday to receive the box. You never know with my parents.

Do you know where my parents are?

They are on a spur of the moment 7 day cruise around the Caribbean. Apparently they needed to take one more 7 day cruise to reach the next level in the cruise club the belong to and they found a last minute deal so off they went.

I so want to be my parents when I retire.


Too Many Hats said...

Cheaper and more reliable - great idea!

I say the same thing about my parents. They are off in May for a 2 week cruise in the Mediterranean. They are always checking travel deals and since they have no time constraints can take advantage of last minute deals.

Stacie's Madness said...

good idea to ship your things!

Aunt Becky said...

I want to be your parents NOW.

ptooie said...

Wow. My mom & her husband go on a cruise at least once a year, sometimes twice, but I always get a month notice ("you'll feed the cat, right? and by the way, you won't have daycare that week!")

Creative Junkie said...

OMG - ditto what you said. I want to be your parents. I have always wanted to go on a cruise.

This airline baggage thing is insane. Seriously, it's going to get to the point that there will be no luggage on any planes because passengers don't want to give them the satisfaction or revenue.