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How To Make 10lbs Disappear

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Seems that I'm carrying a few extra pounds around with me since I got to Europe or so was the case when I arrived at the airport in Rome and found my pack to be 4 kgs. (~10lbs) over Ryanair's imposed 15 kg. weight limit for checked baggage.  4 kilos is a lot of weight to drop, esp. when there is an equally restrictive 5 kg weight limit on carry-on baggage.  It took some effort, but here's how I made weight:

First thing was to move all of my books, umbrella, remaining Clif Bars and electronics to my messenger bag.  This left me with about 2kg to lose from my main pack but had the unfortunate consequence of putting my handbag .4kg over the limit.  Next, I threw out all of the miscellaneous brochures, city maps and train timetables that I happened to be carrying around with me.  Even though it was 85 degrees out, I grabbed my jacket with the intention of carrying it somewhere on my person.  Another reweigh and I found I still had about 1.5 kilos to lose.

Time to get creative.  I went to the bathroom, where I swapped the shorts I was wearing for my jeans.  On a side note, in the clothing race to disintegration, my jeans have outlasted my shorts whose zipper broke the night before departing Rome, providing me with quite a breezy walk to the train station.  Next up, I dumped out half the bottle of Febreeze I was carrying.  Looking around for something else, I remembered that the deodorant that I'd picked up a few days previous was extremely heavy...gone.  Now, some of you may think this move was olfactory suicide, but I had replacement deodorant coming from the States, courtesy of Sabina, so I only had to survive 12 hours of unprotected Eurofunk.  Last but not least, I put my camera in my pocket and headed back to the scale.  14.9 kg flashed up in red and I breathed a sigh of relief.


  • At 1:41 AM, Blogger kurt said…

    Safe travels and hopefully you will buy some new clothes that cover your entire ass or at least mask your body odor.

    Thanks for traveling with us!

    Kurt, Danette and Nancy

  • At 8:10 AM, Anonymous The PoPo said…

    that was a great story.

  • At 1:36 PM, Blogger Al said…

    How much longer do you have left on your trip, Trav?

  • At 3:24 AM, Blogger Travis said…

    I can't believe it, but I'm down to two weeks. It will be weird to be back in the States

  • At 12:28 PM, Blogger Al said…

    I bet! You sound like you're totally loving it. Can't you stretch it out longer? Honestly, I think you just get started to being on the road after a few months. What's the point of your break from "real life" if you can't change your own schedule and just tend bar out of Berlin for two months :)

  • At 12:44 PM, Blogger Nancy said…

    Haha, those jeans will be with you until your dying day. seriously.


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