As a quilt teacher, I travel a lot. A Lot. A LOT. Before I started teaching machine quilting, I didn't have a passport and I had visited about 10 states. Nearly a decade later, my passport is filling up and I've taught in 39 states... so far.
I've learned a lot about the "ins and outs" of traveling over the years. The first tip I'd like to pass along to you is:
Only pack what you can carry.
Whether you are traveling by car or by plane, travel is very difficult when you can't carry your own luggage. I break this rule by necessity at times, and my trip is always more stressful than necessary.
I am away from home this week at the AQS Quilt Week in Lancaster, PA. I drove here so, in theory, I could bring as much as I wanted. In reality, I have to move my possessions from my car to my hotel room and back.
There was a possibility of bad weather this week so I want to make sure I can get to the hotel in one trip. My suitcase is on wheels and this little gem is a lifesaver:
I can carry my computer bag, my tremendously huge handbag, a grocery sack full of lunch fixings, and a few other needed items all in one trip, without waiting for a luggage cart or needing to make a second trip.
There are so many things that can go wrong when traveling; I try to plan for as many problems as possible ahead of time to lessen the stress.