Some of the welcome but unscripted moments of joy in CaRMS come from the happy reunions with classmates in the airport.
In addition to seeing familiar faces at the various interviews, classmates interviewing in other specialities make regular appearances daily in the terminal. Some of them are flying to the same destination, on the same flight or another while others are making their way elsewhere.
Regardless, it is always nice to catch up as a group and see how everyone’s CaRMS tours are coming along.
One of the biggest challenges travelling for my interviews was my suit. I was about to take this sophisticated and important piece of clothing with me on a trip across the country. On a plane. For three weeks.
The problems I faced were two-fold: a) I did not want to check in my suit lest it gets lost for the rest of my interviews and b) I did not want to use a case that could wrinkle the cloth.
Searching around, I found myself in the company of garment bags and special suit cases that could allow transport so long as it was folded in half or thirds. In the context of a three-week trek, the worries of progressively apparent creases or lost luggage were too much.
Preparing for this trip, I remembered I had read about SkyRoll some time ago (Forbes, Nerd Wallet) and decided to look for it. It was a tubular piece of luggage designed to carry suits, sports jackets, dress shirts, or dresses for business trips. After seeing it in person and comparing it to many other garment bags, I decided to give it a try.
I am pleased to say that the SkyRoll works beautifully. I have never had such a wrinkle-free travel experience.
The garment bag is made of a tough ballistic fabric, making it quite sturdy and weather resistant. The inner tube has two end compartments, allowing me to fit my dress shoes, toiletries, clothes and undergarments. The outer garment bag houses my suit, with two pockets remaining for my ties and dress shirts. The garment bag is subsequently rolled around the inner tube and fastened. Because there are no acute edges, the suit remains wrinkle free. While slightly longer in order to accommodate the suit, SkyRoll still abides by carry-on requirements.
The SkyRoll, coupled with other packing and travel techniques have allowed me to focus my attention on answering questions instead of worrying about how my suit looks.
Today, hundreds of medical students start their pilgrimage across the country, myself included, for the three-week journey to interview at our programs of interest.
I will be flying out today to begin the first leg of my journey and may not be posting as frequently during this period. I will post updates as I am able. Thank you for your understanding and I will see you all on the other side.
Tom of the Medical State of Mind