Marilyn JonesEvery destination has its own challenges; there are situations to figure into the equation when you are planning a trip and packing. Read on to discover what's new and what's tried-and-true.

Two “lessons learned” came when I flew back from Bucharest after a Viking River Cruises “Passages to Eastern Europe.” I took along my big suitcase because I “needed” clothes for day and evening, jewelry, lots of shoes … Well, I am sure you get the picture. In addition to all this, I bought souvenirs and, in the end, my 28-inch suitcase was overweight to the tune of 100 Euros. So, working with eBags, I was able to try a 24-inch spinner. Not only was it just the right size for everything I needed for my two weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia, there was enough room for all my souvenirs and it was not overweight.


Another situation I found myself in when I flew home from Bucharest was several flight cancellations due to weather. In addition to the 14-hour flight, I spent two days and nights at the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, rented a car, and ended up sleeping in the backseat because flooding blocked my route and there were no availabilities at any hotels.

I finally got home safe and sound, but my legs and feet were swollen. I never wore compression socks because I thought they were all white. After a search online, I found several cute styles at BrightLife Go. I wore one pair and packed a second pair for my return flight, and I did just fine this time — no swelling!


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