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    The Suitcase Dilemma
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  • Published: Feb 25th, 2008

travelers.jpgI found myself having to travel to five different cities in 10 days.  I’m exhausted just thinking about it again.  Packing for four different climates is what I consider a true challenge.

My husband has always called me Zsa Zsa Gabor when it comes to packing.  I simply cannot live without anything. What if I arrive and I feel like wearing that cute little red top?  Well I’d have to have the pants that match, and of course the shoes, and don’t forget the accessories.  While we’re talking shoes, each pair of pants is hemmed a different length, I’d have to have at least several pairs of shoes.  Of course, there’s the cosmetics’, toiletries, blow dryer, big roll brush – oh it’s just endless.  I always begin packing swearing to myself, I’ll travel light this time, its farce, I don’t really understand the meaning of traveling light, in fact I DON’T want to get it.   

On those trips when I ‘pretend’ to understand that I cannot travel as a celebrity with an entourage – I’ll only pack one suitcase – but it’s ‘gigundo’.  I will shove something into every nook and cranny and pile everything very high so that some incredibly large person will have to sit on it to close it.  At the check in counter they always stick that tell tale tag marked “HEAVY”.  It’s a dead give away – it screams to the world she’s a LOSER when it comes to packing. 

I’m in constant awe of those busy travelers at the airport, all neatly dressed, rolling that one compact suitcase, knowing they’ve somehow managed to get suits, shirts and shoes into what looks like my everyday purse –  how do they do it?   

So what about you – do you travel light? Heavy?  What can’t you live without on a trip?

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  1. Stacy ~
    on Feb 25th, 2008
    @ 7:24 am

    I am another Zsa Zsa – I’m convinced I might need everything I bring. And I am horrible at bringing one pair of pants to match up with 3 tops over a week. Vain much? And I probably the only one who notices I wore the red tank-top more than once….

  2. MaryKate
    on Feb 25th, 2008
    @ 8:39 am

    I used to travel a ton for work, so I’ve got it down to a science. But then, I’m a girl who is all about comfortable shoes, and I wear the same jewelry all the time. So, it’s pretty easy for me to pack. You start with black pants and well, go from there. Since I prefer to carryon, I must be able to use the bag that fits in the overhead compartment.

    But when I go on vacation, I pack it ALL!

  3. Miss Congeniality
    on Feb 25th, 2008
    @ 10:08 am

    I Must have a good book to read.

  4. terrio
    on Feb 25th, 2008
    @ 12:25 pm

    I’m a light packer but to be fair I’m low maintenance. Like MK, I wear the same jewelry all the time and that’s a watch, one ring and usualy a small pair of gold hoops. My daughter and I take road trips several times a year and since I’m the one who ends up having to carry everything, I try to keep it as light as possible.

    She still manages to destroy the truck by the time we get to our destination. That truck can look perfect when we leave but two hours later it looks like a fast food place blew up and all the paper products and meal toys landed in my truck cab.

  5. Keira Soleore
    on Feb 25th, 2008
    @ 2:48 pm

    I used to be a light packer. I traveled across England, Scotland and Scandinavia for a month with only one backpack and a much smaller rucksack as recent as 2002. Yet, on our international trip in Dec/Jan, you would’ve thought we were moving house. Six suitacases nearly 50 pounds each and carry-on items. Aaaarrgghh!

  6. Kim
    on Feb 25th, 2008
    @ 8:51 pm

    Having seen how Maria packs I can attest to this. Maria, tell me again, how many pairs of shoes did you take to Dallas last year? Me, I took 2. LOL

    Sweetie, please let me come pack for you next time!

  7. Fedora
    on Feb 25th, 2008
    @ 9:09 pm

    Hmm… I probably fall somewhere in between. My husband (who’s traveled a fair amount for work) can pack whatever he needs into a carryon in about ten minutes. If I’m packing only for myself, I can usually fit what I need into a carryon, but only after agonizing over it for several days (at least…) If I’m packing also for the kids, that gets much trickier! I agree with MaryKate that black pants (especially a pair made of that jersey stuff–that never wrinkles!) are key. And yes, I always need reading material!

  8. Joanie T
    on Feb 26th, 2008
    @ 4:51 pm

    Remember when the airline check in agent used to ask “Did you pack your pack yourself? I always replied “Yes, and I’m darn proud of how I did it!” LOL

    I too struggle with this especially when traveling to conferences. (Think 13 pairs of shoes….for 4 days). I’m with you, Maria…”what if?”

    But it was my first trip to Ireland seven years ago that finally got the point across. We were staying 10 days, I’d never been out of the country before and wanted to be ready for any contingency. Both my friend, her daughter and myself STUFFED the largest suitcase (28″?) full. At one of our B & B’s our room was on the second floor. A British gentleman observing both of us carrying each case down remarked “Oh, so that’s where the body is”.

  9. Melissa
    on Feb 27th, 2008
    @ 3:40 am

    In January I took a plane to England. I didn’t travel light both of my bags were marked heavy and I had two carry ons with by bookbag masqureading as a personal item. Then….I had to get everything by train to University of Sussex…which sucked since I had to change trains twice. And everywhere I went people kept saying that anything over 25 kg (50 lbs) was considered illegel to carry because of “health and safety” reasons.

    Please I’m warning you don’t make the same mistake…and oh yeah…its only one carry on on the way back. I’m so screwed.

  10. Keira Soleore
    on Feb 27th, 2008
    @ 9:11 pm

    Melissa, you’d be better off mailing half your stuff home.

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