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Getting ready for travel and heading out on adventures reminds me to let go of the unimportant, like my attachment to specific items in my suitcase.

familywatchYears ago, on a trip to Peru, I took care of all my Christmas shopping early in the trinket markets, gathered all film that would need developing, crammed it into my backpack and checked it under the plane. It was luxurious to fly home with a lightweight carry-on. In Houston, I took my bag through customs and re-checked it for the final hop home.

That was the last time I ever saw that backpack. I lost all my casual clothing. I lost all the gifts. I lost a pretty darn cool internal frame, convertible pack. Worst of all, I lost all pictures that my friend and I had taken in Peru.

Don't think because you put your name on the bag, both inside and out, that it will be found when Continental Airlines or another airline loses it. Don't expect to receive the full value of your loss financially if they do.

Better, is to only check things in your bag that you are willing to lose: like clothing, makeup, and so forth. Photos and sentimental items are better carried on if you must bring them with you.

 

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Travel Lesson: Letting Go of Sentimental Attachments to Things”

  • Nicole Williams

    May 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Leave your sentimental items at home if you are afraid to lose them — or embrace the fleeting nature of this life and the material items in it.

  • Nicole Williams

    May 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Leave your sentimental items at home if you are afraid to lose them — or embrace the fleeting nature of this life and the material items in it.

  • Janna Gillard

    May 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Good advice. I, too, lost precious rolls of film from Greece and other items, but it was from the Sofia train station: the rucksack w/tent attached was stolen while we slept! I once saw a TV interview at the Huntsville Unclaimed Frieght (huge store) where a wheelchair was for sale. The investigator noticed an obvious name tag w/ tel. # and called the owner, who was very glad to have it back! Several other examples of the same occurrence. Maybe your backpack ended up there?!

  • Janna Gillard

    May 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Good advice. I, too, lost precious rolls of film from Greece and other items, but it was from the Sofia train station: the rucksack w/tent attached was stolen while we slept! I once saw a TV interview at the Huntsville Unclaimed Frieght (huge store) where a wheelchair was for sale. The investigator noticed an obvious name tag w/ tel. # and called the owner, who was very glad to have it back! Several other examples of the same occurrence. Maybe your backpack ended up there?!