I have done most of the packing for my upcoming trip to Mexico. (Less than two weeks to go!) Packing light is definitely not the motto for this trip. Since I will be allowed to keep clothes at my new apartment, I am taking a lot more stuff than usual. In addition to my abundance of clothes and all the other usual items, I am bringing gifts for Alejandro and his family. I will be there for Alejandro's birthday and for Easter. We are going to have an Easter egg hunt for his little nephew, so I bought plastic eggs and several bags of candy.
I will be flying on United to Chicago, and since I have a credit card through United, there is no charge for a checked piece of luggage weighing up to fifty pounds. From Chicago to Mexico City I will be on Interjet Airlines. Interjet allows a checked suitcase weighing up to fifty five pounds free of charge. However, unlike United, they also weigh the carry-on luggage, and they allow twenty-two pounds.
Today I did a trial run of weighing my suitcases. My big suitcase weighed forty five pounds. My carry-on was twenty one pounds. There is the problem. I still have to make a batch of fudge for Alejandro's family, and that will go in the carry-on. It will probably add a couple more pounds. So I started taking some things out of the carry-on and putting them in the big suitcase. I weighed them again, and my carry-on came in at 19.6 pounds. I think I will make it just under the wire!