I've made my packing list for Tel Aviv. I've checked out the carry on and checked luggage weight and size restrictions for both United and US Air. I've done the math in my head.
I am allowed to check one 50lb bag for free. If I check a second bag, or if my first bag is overweight or oversized, I have to pay $100. Each way.
I am allowed to carry on two bags as long as they are under the size and weight restrictions.
I am going for 14 days.
I need running clothes, shoes and other race day stuff.
I need my bathing suit, swim cap and goggles.
I need clothes for warm days and cool nights.
I need clothes I can wear to nice dinners and clothes I can wear to hike in the desert and visit the ultra-conservative Jerusalem sites.
I have stuff to bring for my sister and her husband.
I want to bring my camera and two lenses, a small point and shoot, my ipad mini and, in an ideal world, my laptop.
I wouldn't mind bringing a monopod and my legs would be grateful if I can squeeze my roller into the bag too.
Oh, did I mention that I have diabetes? And that I need to bring 3x the supplies I need for two weeks...just in case? Plus three bottles of Dex4s and lots of packages of fruit chews for low blood sugars. Not to mention lots of granola bars, Larabars and almonds for the 17 hours of travel.
And I may, just may, want to bring home a souvenir or two.
It's going to be tight and I may have to wear a coat with lots and lots of pockets.
Thankfully, I'm staying with my sister and she has a washer and dryer. So I can bring clothes for 3 or 4 days and just keep washing them. I'll go through a lot of diabetes stuff, shampoo and conditioner and Dex4s so my return bag should be a little lighter...I hope. Otherwise I'm going to be one of those really annoying people who opens their suitcase at the checkin counter, starts pulling out dirty clothes and stuffing them into their coat pocket just to drop a few pounds.