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How I travel for 5 days with only carry-on luggage
I recently traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to work with a mall developer there on selecting space and developing entertainment concepts for three of their malls. Checking luggage can be a pain, especially if it gets misdirected and doesn’t end up where you do, or possibly lost. Last year in the U.S. almost 1.8 million bags were lost, stolen or damaged domestically. Waiting for it to show up on the luggage belt at the end of the trip also takes time and can be a pain. So whenever I can, I only travel with carry-ons. That way I know wherever I end up, I’ll end up with my luggage.

I spent three days in Beirut and one day traveling to get home (three flights with a total of 15 hours in the air with two layovers at hub airports), so that is four days worth of clothing. Then I always carry an extra day’s clothing as things can go wrong while flying and you can often end up arriving one day later. So that’s the five days.

Here’s a photo I took of my luggage when I left on the trip. The carry-on is a regulation size carry-on spinner (4 wheels) and on top is my computer bag. Due to the angle of the photo, the computer case looks larger than it really is.

Here’s what was in them both:


  • 5 shirts
  • One pair pants
  • 5 days underwear
  • Toilet kit
  • 1-quart Ziploc with liquid toilet items
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Spare pair of glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Canvas attaché bag
  • Some trail-mix snacks
  • Some chocolate
  • Noise canceling headphones
  • Book for reading on plane
  • Bed pillow (you always sleep better with your own pillow)

Computer Case

  • Computer
  • Magazines
  • Business papers
  • iPhone
  • International phone
  • Camera battery charger
  • Computer cord
  • iPhoto charger
  • Folding stand for computer
  • My frequent flyer & sleeper cards
  • My car fob
  • LED flashlight
  • Retracting Ethernet cord
  • Remote slide controller
  • Calculator
  • International plug converters
  • Passport
  • Foreign money
  • Computer locking cord
  • Spare computer start-up disk
  • Pens, highlighters & nail file
  • Eyeglass wipes
  • Hand sanitizer

Yes, that’s right, all that fits in what you see in the photo. If I need a sports coat for business, I wear that onto the plane.

And speaking of international travel, I’m off to Da Nang, Vietnam for the 7th time to work on our entertainment project there. Construction is progressing rapidly; 15 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here are some progress photos from August 17th.

The columns from the basement garage have all been constructed and formwork has started for pouring the concrete ground floor. No, that is not a space ship in the background in the middle photo. It’s the Da Nang National Soccer Stadium.

We’ve taken on a have few new clients since our last eNewsletter:

  • Miami Beach, Florida
    Started work on evaluating a location for development of a restaurant-arcade project in the South Beach (SoBe) area.
  • Hyderabad, India
    Feasibility and concept development for a children’s edutainment center to be developed in a new mall currently under construction. As a side note, to apply for an India visa, I had to list all the countries I have been to in the last 10 years. Wow, the list had 22 different countries.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
    Assisting client with lease negotiations for a site for a social-tainment center with a casual dining restaurant, bowling and laser tag.
  • Greater Indianapolis area
    Working with a farm market and agritainment center on expansion plans.

We have some very interesting articles in this edition of our Leisure eNewsletter about the impact of mobile connectiveness on real world entertainment experiences, frugality, changes to leisure time, 4K for screens and the cinema, and our newest project. And don’t forget about attending Foundations Entertainment University September 17-19.

We hope you enjoy this issue.

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