I've long speculated what would happen to the Hand Luggage Only approach when an airline refused to accept my bag for carry-on, and in Devonport I got the chance to find out.
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My trip from Melbourne to Devonport last night for Hand Luggage Only taught me something very valuable: long-distance boat travel does not agree with me.
Most of the Hand Luggage Only itinerary has been planned out in advance to the nth degree, but there's still room for events that definitely weren't on the original itinerary.
Who needs to be at the flagship Australian Apple Retail Store in Sydney so badly that they're in there as soon as it opens at 0800 hours? Apart from your Hand Luggage Only correspondent, the answer turns out to be: not too many people.
Roaming around with minimal luggage could never really be described as relaxing, but the whole Hand Luggage Only is about to get a lot less relaxing, as I contemplate five changes of location in as many days.
Last night was the first time during Hand Luggage Only that I had to actually face the reality of hand-washing my clothes in a hotel room, and I was presented with an immediate problem -- there was no plug in the bathroom sink.
For the most part, Hand Luggage Only was designed to use gear I already had, but there was always going to be one exception: I'd decided I'd get a new notebook PC as part of the process.
One of the odder challenges I've set myself during Hand Luggage Only is to visit every Apple Retail Store in Australia in a single day. But while I get to do the organising and the hard yards, Lifehacker readers can reap the rewards -- in the form of three $100 iTunes cards that are up for grabs.
After just three days on the Hand Luggage Only task, I've already sampled nearly every mode of transport I'll be using during the month -- but the real laundry challenges are yet to come.
Conducting a business trip that encompassed every state in Australia was never going to be a super-cheap enterprise, but I was determined not to spend more than I had to. How did I keep costs for motel rooms down?
OK, so I have to live out of one carry-on bag for a month. What makes the essentials list when I'm packing, and what doesn't?
Your Road Worrier columnist has always fancied himself as a pretty compact packer, but in the month of May I'll put that to a pretty severe test with the Lifehacker Hand Luggage Only challenge: doing my normal work, visiting every state and territory in Australia, and living completely out of a single standard-sized airline carry-on bag.