Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'm headed to India!

It's been awhile since I've blogged, mainly due to a lack of time since my son, Gavin Denison Getchius, was born on September 20. It's been such a wonderful experience to be a father. I look forward to all the milestones ahead in life in raising children.

Today's blog is short and sweet, like my trip to Chennai, India, for work. I leave today and return to MSP on December 7. Here are a few tips for packing my bag. True to form, I'm not going to check any luggage, other than some materials I'm bringing for the conference which saved my company a few hundred dollars since I can check two bags for free on Delta. So how do I travel internationally? With a carry-on suitcase and a backpack.

Here's what's inside my carry-on suitcase:
  • 8 sets of undergarments (t-shirts, socks, underwear)
  • 5 polo shirts
  • 4 t-shirts
  • 4 long sleeve button down dress shirts and four pairs of slacks
  • 3 neckties
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes
  • 1 pair of gym shorts
  • Eye glasses, contact solution, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, mosquito repellent (with DEET) (all less than 3oz, of course)
Since my previous trip to Finland in late 2008, I've packed a little smarter with my airplane entertainment and electronics. The technology available to consumers and on the planes has also advanced. Here's what's in my backpack:
  • International power converter
  • Apple headphones
  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Passport, immunization card, and VISA
  • Flight itinerary, hotel confirmations
  • Digital camera
  • Video camera
  • iPod
  • iPad
  • Notepad
  • Two books
I can't wait to blog and share my experiences with everyone. Bon voyage!!!


  1. I'm highly suspect of your packing list. I travel internationally, and also don't check bags, so I know how much can fit in carry on only--this isn't it.

    Also 13 shirts AND NO PANTS? Looks like your gym shorts will get a lot of use.

  2. Thanks for the reminder. I did pack four pairs of slacks and just forgot to list them. I will take some pics of the packing job and post as proof when I arrive. It is possible!

  3. Congratulations and also a few suggestions ....
    Apple earphones and noise reduction earphones? Drop one of them.
    An iPod and an iPad? Overkill? How about the 2 books -- easier to download e-books to either the iPod or iPad and lighten the load.

    I've managed to reduce my load for typically a two week trip from a 26" suitcase plus backpack to a 22" carryon plus a medium messenger back for day trips, but I'm always looking for improvements. I usually end up doing laundry during the middle of the trip, but it's a worthwhile sacrifice versus carrying more clothes.

    I'd like to hear how your trip went after you come back, including any security issues you might have encountered.

    Thanks for your post.