Monday, September 20, 2010

Maleta Madness!

(Note: "maleta" is Spanish for luggage, suitcase, baggage.)

This is Me.

This is France.

In nine days, France and I will be together again.

But before that fateful day comes, I need to prepare for a departure of several months.

This is all my junk.

I only have one suitcase.

This is Me in my actual state of current presentness:

My suitcase already weighs 67 pounds.

I still haven't finished packing.


Barb the French Bean


  1. 1. Roll your clothes up after you fold them and put them in a vacuum seal bag. Saves a TON of space.

    2. Small items can be packed into corners, hidden pockets, hammer space...

    3. If you don't need it, don't bring it. I survived six months in Japan with only half my wardrobe, three pairs of shoes, and one (yes, ONE) book for the flight over. It CAN be done!

    4. In some cases, it really is better to just bring a second check-in case and pay the fees. Especially if you're going to have to pay them anyway for an overweight luggage.

    Don't give up!

  2. Get one of those super-sucker vacuum bag thingamajigs that they sell on the infomercials! Suck the air outta everything,compress it down to half an inch thick, zip up your suitcase and PRAY! :)

  3. Can you ship some stuff over seperately?

    I love the fance cartoon, so cute but your suitcase is mean.

  4. Your suitcase is a meanie. o_O But... maybe try folding everything perfectly. Folding saves space instead of just shoving things in places. :D Or you can do what Mrs Midnite said: ship things seperately.

  5. Going with Zora, those in the military fold their clothes to make them fit better. ~*shrugs*~ Sorry about the suitcase, I would wash it's mouth out with soap, using such name calling!

  6. Smuggle as much into the country as you can by wearing it on the plane. It will be warm but with out all your clothes on your person instead of in your suitcase you'll have much more room.

  7. Thanks for all of your advice!

    I probably will end up shipping a separate box with the items I will not need immediately upon arrival. I once tried the vacuum-packing technique before and my stuff still weighed quite a bit (plus, I have no idea where the sucker-machine-thingy is in the house).

    And Stu: sadly enough, the people who travel to Cuba from Miami do exactly that. They dress in multiple layers that suggest they are travelling to the North Pole. :-P

    -French Bean

  8. try shipping most first! Good luck! send me a french fry, or french toast. Better yet how about a French MAN!!! ;-)


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