Just doing carry-on …. I did it once before and I am going to do it again.
Travel to Europe for two weeks just with carry-on. Now you might be saying to yourself – big deal – I have done that tons of times but I know out there among you all there are those who cannot leave home without a whacking big suitcase (and that’s just for a weekend).
So first of all why am I going to do this? Well a two-week trip to Europe comprised of hotel stays, a cruise, trains, taxis and ferries and a hotel on Lake Como that has 37 cobbled steps leading up to it….
Yup. That sounds like a good enough reason. I think it will be a good personal lesson in self-restraint. Do I really need 6 pairs of shoes? A different outfit every night? Really? The people I am travelling with are family. They have seen me at my worst …. Believe me.
The rest – strangers – ships that pass in the night. They will never see me again and vice versa.
Next – how am I going to do this. Packing cubes, wrinkle-resist material and Lululemons and more Lululemons. A couple of colourful shawls – sparkly Croc flip flops and a good pair of Sketchers. That should do it?
Oh – but I shouldn’t forget my running shoes just in case, and my swim suit and then maybe a rain jacket, just in case, and a warmer cover-up for the evenings – just in case. You see what happens. It just keeps piling up so I am going to have to work very hard at this. It’s the “just in case” that prevents me from reaching my goal. How many times have you unpacked unworn clothing after a trip. You took it along – just in case – dragged it onto cruises, flights, trains and taxis and then brought it all the way home again – UNWORN!
My last carry-on trip worked quite well – two weeks in Ireland on a self drive vacation with a teeny carry on suitcase. I was quite proud of myself but I also wanted to throw up when I unpacked my clothes at home. I was so sick of the sight of them.
There is something so liberating about being able to walk off your flight and right out the doors of the airport into a taxi. No hanging around waiting endlessly for the case on the carousel – just out the door and on my way. I have also had the experience of travelling with a larger case on European trains. Yes it can be done but if you are going to catch as many trains as we are then I would rather not.
So all I am worrying about now is getting on the plane in time to get an overhead bin (or two) and a place to put my hat!
Good for you Lesley!!! I am the worlds worst packer so I always marvel at those that can pack light. But you’re right – it’s all the ‘extras’ that cause the problems. Happy packing!
Thanks Cathy – I will try my best – but no promises! 🙂
We went to Great Britain for three weeks taking only carry on and a small backpack. It was liberating not to have to move around with heavy luggage! We stayed in hostels (they have private rooms with on-suites now for us baby boomers) so we could wash clothes occasionally but the most useful thing we did was use travel ziplock bags. You can fit in more when you decompress your clothes and it actually kept them wrinkle free (an added bonus).
I’m with you Lesley. Three weeks in all, China and cruising. Carry on only. Those steps in subway stations are a killer. Can’t imagine one more bag.
oh my goodness – I can’t imagine either. Thanks for your encouragement – I am determined!
My question what is your hint about make up bag issue
Because I considering this for September Paris – England trip
I wear symply travel clothes
My wife, adult daughter and I will be travelling throughout Italy, Sicily, Malta and Germany for 7 weeks starting mid-Oct. Each of us with just one carry-on bag only. Every place we rent will have a washer. Can be done!
Wow – that is a long time with carry on. Well done… I just hope you have elected yourself as chief washing machine operator ! 🙂