PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's King Salman has a ridiculous entourage. (Photo via Flickr/Global Panorama)
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud does not pack lightly.
According to a CNN report, the king actually might be the heaviest packer in the world, commanding some 1,500 people in his travel entourage and over 500 tons of luggage.
We feel foolish when we arrive home after a two-week trip and stare at that t-shirt we packed that we never got to wear on the trip.
Then we scold ourselves for once again over packing. Well, take it easy on yourself if you do the same.
Actually, you are free to pack away an extra pair of pants, hair dryer and superfluous sneakers when you consider that none of us have actually stowed away elevators before a trip—let alone two.
Yes, according to the report, Saudi Arabia’s king’s trip mandated not one but two elevators and Two Mercedes-Benz S600.
It seems a tad excessive, especially when we consider taking two books with us on a backpacking excursion to be wildly optimistic and a bit overzealous.
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CNN reports this entourage and the massive amount of luggage are all an effort to maintain the safety and comfort of the country’s monarch as he makes his way throughout Asia on a month long excursion that resembles a momentary migration.
King Salman will have visited China, Japan, the Maldives and Bali, and he will do it with hundreds of his closest friends and citizens.
The 1,500 people includes: “ten ministers, 800 delegates and 25 princes,” greatly dwarfing that family reunion you once had to fly to that tropical destination once upon a time.
As we have previously noted, traveling heads of state is an expensive ordeal. President Donald Trump has already been taken to task for travel expenditures that may quickly surpass that of his predecessor.
The country’s ambassador is quoted as saying of the king’s stop in Bali: “There is no special agenda in Bali. King Salman and his entourage will enjoy the natural beauty of the island.”
This particular visit means the use of three luxury resorts in the area to take care of this enormous entourage. Most of us would be perfectly happy demanding a simple complement of adjoining rooms on our next vacation.
Thanks to this report, the stress we felt in trying to corral that family on our next epic holiday adventure doesn’t seem so insurmountable.
Heck, we may even leave one of our elevators at home.