We leave for Taiwan on Monday (Labor Day). Dave and I are trying to follow the advice offered by Scott Hanselman on his blog about traveling with kids. Our bags are packed, with the exception of a few last minute toiletry items. We have been trying to go to bed earlier so we will be well-rested before our trip. And we have been researching the anti-jet lag diet. I am a bit skeptical about whether changes to your eating habits in the days leading up to the trip can reduce the effects of jet lag but I am willing to give it a try. It’s not a diet as you might think in terms of weight loss. The anti-jet lag diet suggests feasting a few days before your trip, alternating with eating very light on other days, so that your body adjusts more quickly to the change in time zones.
We plan to travel light – only taking carry-on bags with us. I scoffed at the idea when Dave first suggested it for himself, but it is usually my luggage that gets lost in transit. Our trip to Taiwan will have us staying in four hotels and traveling by train and high speed rail. I don’t want to be lugging around a 50-pound suitcase with me (and Dave does not want to be carrying it either 😉 ). We found these amazing bags made by a company called RedOxx. The bag receives high praise and we decided to give them a try. When the bags arrived, I said to myself there is no way everything I need for our trip is going to fit into that bag. But the bag is deceiving…it holds everything I need, with room to spare. I did make a packing list and was a strategic in my packing. There is a carry-on weight limit of 15 pounds, and I have weighed my bag – it’s just at the weight limit so I hope there won’t be a problem taking it on board.
If there is a problem at the gate with either of our bags, I have a spare duffel bag in my backpack that we can use to check some of our clothes. (You are allowed a free item such as a purse, briefcase or backpack.) And thanks to the advice of Karen, a fellow adoptive mom who just returned from Taiwan, I am making good use of Space Bags – those things are amazing! A friend found a great deal for me on a pack of 12 travel-size Space Bags at BJ’s for $17. I also found them at Wal-mart but the pack of four at Wal-mart cost $20 and only had one or two travel-size bags.