Anyone who knows me knows that I’m an addict for Tumi Luggage. I have traveled the world exclusively with Tumi for years and I was beside myself when a large box arrived a couple of weeks before the Cool Hunting safari adventure. It was a TUMI BAG!!!!! Custom made for the safari, with my initials on it. I first posted as I was packing it up for the journey. More here. Once we were on our way it was planes, trains and automobiles (mostly Land Rover trucks) for the bag.
The bag logged thousands of miles immediately. Los Angeles to Frankfurt / Frankfurt to Jo’Burg / Jo’Burg to Cape Town… a death scare for the bag…Checking in at the Cape Town South African Airways Desk at 4:30am the handler allowed my bag to go without it’s airline tag attached. Mind you there are 2 weeks worth of very specifically chosen safari necessary items in this particular bag with no time to re-create the contents. An hour, a few tears and lots of insistent requests later the bag is fished out of the belly of the airport and tagged. I was rushed through security and to the gate so I didn’t miss my flight. Phew. Back on track. Cape town to Jo’Burg / Jo’Burg to Livingston / Livingston to Lusaka / Lusaka to Mfuwe / into the bush and back / Mfuwe to Lusaka / Lusaka to Jo’Burg / Jo’Burg to London / into the city & back / London to Los Angeles. All in two weeks. The bag passed all the tests that the airlines and I threw at it with flying colors.