I leave tomorrow. Kinda nervous, having never traveled before. Not nervous about flying, but things going wrong like missing flights, delays. I only have 30 minutes between flights in LA, so if we should be delayed for some reason here...fuck.
Carry on and checking luggage. I've packed a bag that should fit carry on and then bring my camera as my personal item (I looked at the website and they say purses and so I would think my camera bag could fit under that description. And put my laptop in my bag. But what if the bag DOESN'T fit carry on? Then my bag and laptop have to get checked and my bag and laptop get thrown around by the throwers, I don't trust those fuckers one bit, and if my laptop gets damaged or stolen? These are the things I think about. Not crashing. Crashing is so rare, it's those little things that happen all the time that you should be scared of. Or the bag does fit but they don't accept the camera bag as a personal item...well, then what?
These are the things that make me nervous.
I would just rather not check baggage so I know it won't get lost. I'm a light enough packer, I don't require much. Just enough to get me through the days to wear with a couple options for weather (though looking at the forecast, the weather in both Chicago and Pittsburgh should be fine for my time there...but weather forecasts have been known to be wrong...from time to time...oh dear (I couldn't resist a little Star Wars reference there, it fit so well I think)).
And just the procedures of checking in, boarding passes...never had to go through this stuff. It's unknown to me. And these little procedural things make me nervous. You don't want to fuck up and look like a total noob and create problems.
This should be interesting and fun. Hopefully.