Packing and Planning and TSA, Oh My!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am going to Oahu sometime next month with my wonderful step-daughter. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army reserves, and goes to Oahu every year for reserve duty. Each year she has asked me to go with her, and this year I said yes!

As I have not flown since 2001, there is a whole lot of stuff I know nothing about, mainly all the TSA approved stuff. So I went online to see what I needed to do. Boy, have things changed

Mind you, I am all for more security, and have looked up what I can and cannot bring with me. I learned from a friend who travels a lot that a carry-on bag is essential, as well as checking one suitcase. I have searched for and bought the 3.4 oz. bottles for makeup and shampoo and conditioner and so on. I requested and received a note from my doctor listing all meds and supplements, just so I don’t get in trouble with TSA in any way.

Speaking of the TSA, I read that the best way to work with these dedicated and very serious folks is to listen to them and so as they ask. My one concern was the whole holding my rotator-cuffless arms up for any amount of time. I would much rather that they just frisk me. Now how to figure out how to ask this of them without them thinking I’ve gone perve-y.

I have not even looked at a bathing suit in over 20 years, so again, I went online to find one that worked for me. Did you know that you can wear amazing and comfortable board shorts to swim in? Who knew! Now I am waiting for the two tops I bought to arrive; both look like tank tops with boobs. I’ll see how that works; if not, I’ll just wear a sports bra and a t-shirt over the shorts. At my age, who cares?

I even bought one of those neck thingies in case I find that I cannot hold my head up while sitting in the plane for what will probably be around a 12-hour flight. I also bought a Kindle paperwhite to read books on to pass the time. I am still trying to figure it all out so that I know how many books I have, etc. Just to be on the safe side, I’m going to bring at least two real books with me.

I also have an Amazon Fire tablet, but since all I’ve ever used it for to date is watching old Doctor Who episodes, I don’t know if I can use that on the plane, either. Oh, I know about the “airplane” mode thing; just have to find out what button or swipe and whatever that makes the dang thing come up.

Well, suffice it to say that it will not only be the trip of a lifetime, but a real plunge into technology. Of course, I can always ask my brilliant step-daughter for help. I only pray that I don’t aggravate her to the point of putting on a parachute and jumping out of the plane over the Mid West to get away from all my questions….

Wish me luck!

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