62 in/50 lbs.
Home cluttered with furniture and stuff collected over the decades, “enough is enough,” thought Juggernaut and decided to live out of a suitcase, Hawaii Big Island was the first destination. A checked suitcase on an airline shall conform to total dimensions of 62 inches considering the length, width and depth and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Juggernaut decided to pack all his belongings in a suitcase that conform to the regulations with respect to dimensions and weight. The following list of items that considered necessary was packed in a suitcase that conforms to 62 inches/50 pounds and headed for the airport.
- Prescription medications to cover 3 months.
- Some over the counter (OTC) medications.
- Six undershorts and two undershirts.
- Two cotton running shorts.
- Two pairs of sleeping shorts and shirts.
- Two pairs of white socks and one pair of regular socks.
- Four T shirts, two half-sleeve shirts.
- Two jeans and one regular trouser.
- Two bath towels.
- One Swimming short.
- One pair of sneakers, one pair of flip-flops and one pair of leather shoes.
- Shaving requirements and a hair clipper.
- A small pressure cooker* and medium size sauce pan with lid.
- Two forks, butter knives and one large and two small spoons.
- A medium size sharp cutting knife, can opener, a peeler and cork/bottle opener.
- A small stove top coffee maker.
- Two large plastic drinking glasses and medium size coffee mug.
- A 10” Samsung Tab with built–in internet and a Cell Phone.
- One SLR digital camera.
- WiFi Router.
- Blood pressure monitoring device.
- Exercise stretch bands.
- One pocket peak flow meter.
- One breathing spirometer for breathing exercise.
- One crush hand gripper to exercise fingers.
- One each Sonic and mechanical tooth brushes, one tooth paste tube, one tongue cleaner and dental floss.
- Travelling culinary companion containing one large curry powder packet, one Sambar powder packet, a small packet of red chili powder, one bottle each of lemon and mango pickle, one bottle of Tamarind paste, two pounds of dry split peas to make dahl/sambar, a packet of dry curry leaves, a small packet of mustard and cumin seeds and dried yogurt culture to make plain yogurt.
- Flash light.
At the airport checking counter, the agent said “$25 for checked bag.”
“I could further down-size and carry my stuff in a carry-on bag, the next time around,” Juggernaut murmured loudly.
“We are considering a charge for a carry-on bag as well, sir,” the agent gave a friendly hint.
- A person of South Indian decent with a supply of sambar powder, dry split peas to make sambar, culture to make plain yogurt, lime or mango pickle and tamarind paste can survive on any place on earth. Pressure cooker comes handy to cook split peas to make dhal or sambar. Sambar with a variety of vegetables eaten with steamed rice and finish the meal with plain yogurt rice with lemon or mango pickle on the side is all needed to survive. Juggernaut did it.