August 17th, 2015
This is a very nice story that I read and wanted to share.
We have all been at the airport and seen a small family pick up 8 pieces of luggage, each one bigger than a ten year old. What is in all that stuff? Chi sa! Who knows!
After many years of traveling only in the USA, I chose to take a tour of Egypt. It was a 17 day trip and I brought a 26” and 22” rolling carry on plus a huge shoulder bag. When I had to drag that luggage down the hall or to the bus I wanted to leave it for the Bedouins! All I needed was a sundress and a shower. Why did I bring all that stuff?
I was a traveling turtle. I needed to bring everything to feel secure. I wanted to carry my home on my back. What I discovered was the wasted effort of having my own shell when I could have been having Fun! Never again.
If you are a traveling turtle, take another look at your motivation and your needs. I advise all my clients to cut back on what you think you need. You are traveling to Italy, a civilized country that has shampoo and deodorant if you run out. You can buy clothing there—you should buy clothing there! You can even go to a farmacia (pharmacy) if you feel under the weather. They also have laundromats (una lavanderia) where you can wash clothing if you do not want to hand wash items in your hotel bathroom. If that doesn’t sound like fun you can drop off clothing to be cleaned and laundered. Some hotels have this service.
I travel with a 21” suitcase no matter how long I am traveling. I use Zip Lock bags in quart and gallon sizes. These work as my “drawers”—not fancy but organized.
I take one bag and roll up maybe 5-7 pair of undergarments and zip it tightly shut.
I use gallon bags for tops and roll them and zip.
Pants and skirts are harder–if you can’t get them in a bag lay them flat and on top. You can also fold them with pants under your bags and over the top.