So in three short weeks, I'll be leaving for Denver to attend the ACFW Writers Conference. Of course, I'm ecstatic about knowing I'll be in the presence of respected Christian authors, editors, and agents. I'm excited about everything I'm going to learn in the workshops and continuing education classes, and I absolutely can't wait to meet the friends and fellow authors I've been technologically communicating with for a long time.
Yes, I'm nervous, too. Shaking in my stilettos, actually. Okay, I don't really wear stilettos, but it sounded good, didn't it?
The thing I'm most nervous about is navigating alone. Anyone who knows me is aware that I am, um, rather directionally challenged (to put it nicely) and, as my husband has pointed out, could probably get lost in my own neighborhood.
This is not a good thing when getting on an airplane and flying hundreds of miles to a place I've never been before. BUT... I trust that God will be my navigator. Let's just hope I can hear him above the airport noise.
Anyway, I haven't flown since 911. The last time was over 10 years ago when my husband and I took a trip to Mexico. Things have changed drastically since then and, being the intense planner that I am, I've been trying to learn everything I can about security, luggage regulations, and security stuff. So here is a list of some tips I've come across for air travel. If you have any more, PLEASE let me know. I can't have too much information. Oh - and if you have used the Detroit or Denver airport before, and have advice on navigating through the terminals and concourses, PLEASE let me know that, too.
Thanking you in advance!
Tips for the traveling timid
1. Wear slip-on shoes. Back when I flew last time, removing shoes at the security checkpoint wasn't required. But now, apparently, it is. Shoes that take time to remove will not be appreciated by those in line behind you.
2. Don't check your bags. Many of my fellow conference attendees insist on carrying everything with them instead of checking their bags. This might be due to the fees now incurred, but many just don't want to take the chance of lost luggage, not to mention they'll save time by not having to check in their luggage or retrieve it from the baggage claim area.
I happen to have 2 checked bags included for free in my flight plan. I would only check 1 bag, especially since one of my new writer friends pointed out that carrying a laptop bag and two rolling suitcases would be, um...pretty funny to watch. Isn't she sweet?
Not sure what to do about this one. On the one hand, it would be nice to have everything with me. On the other hand, how on earth am I going to fit everything in one small roller? Got tips on this? Send them on over!
3. Drink lots of water. Everyone knows that Denver is dry, dry, dry because it's a mile high, high, high. So to avoid the altitude changes, staying hydrated is essential. I'll definitely be heeding this advice.
4. Leave the toiletries at home. At least until I arrive at my destination. Not only are liquids over 3 oz. not allowed on the plane (guess this eliminates my 12 oz. Big Sexy hair spray), guests may each have only one quart-sized baggie of liquid or aerosol items. I may, however, pick up some travel sized products so I don't have to shop when I get there.
5. Pack interchangable outfits. Keep clothing to a minimum. This especially comes in handy when carrying everything on the plane instead of checking bags. Pack tops and sweaters that can interchange with pants/skirts. We'll only be there for three days, for pete's sake.
Yes, well... a girl has to be prepared - that's my motto, anyway. This will be my most challenging advice to take. My worst nightmare is not bringing something I wish I had.
So these five tips are the ones that immediately come to mind. As I said, if you have any advice to toss my way, I will be forever grateful.
Hope to meet you in Denver!