Greetings from London. A quick update on my trip to pay my respects to Queen Elizabeth II and a look at what is inside my carefully-packed bag.
I’m in line and want to give a huge shoutout to the hundreds of folks who have volunteered their time to make this a smooth process as well as the Naval officers who are on hand to make sure everyone behaves themselves. Restroom facilities are readily available as is water. The line has moved quicker than I thought it would.
People have not been all that pleasant or talkative in line, which has surprised me, but it has been chilly. I’m still hoping to file past her majesty, but do have a flight back to the USA today that I cannot miss.
Mourners are strictly limited in terms of the size of their bag and what kind of items can be brought into the Palace of Westminster. As queue times for those who joined the line later top 24 hours, those restrictions make staying comfortable difficult.
I’m traveling very light from Los Angeles, with only my Nomad Lane Bento bag. Here’s what I’ve packed it with:
- Outer pocket: passport, cash, mask, notebook
- Upper left pocket: snacks, including nuts, beef jerky, and a homemade scone from a dear friend
- Upper right pocket: all power cords
- Middle pocket: laptop, book
- Rear pocket: sleep kit (blanket, pillow), power bank, toiletries, two clean shirts, underwear, socks
For a trip in which I will be spending an extended time standing in lines and am essentially filing past the late Queen and then immediately flying home, I wanted to pack as light as possible.
Even so, I’ve been told that my bag may or may not work because it has “too many” compartments. It will be up to the palace guards, if and when I reach that point. Should my bag be declined, there is apparently a place I can leave it.
I’ll update you on my progress later today.