Given that many of you will soon be packing for end-of-year travels, I thought I’d let you know how my experiment with travelling lightly went.
(You remember – I only took a carry-on for my five week book tour. Details here.)
In a word – fantastic!!
It helped that all of my travels were complete before the snow started to fly. And that the clothes I brought rolled up tiny. I would like to nominate the person who invented Dri-Fit fabric for a Nobel prize in something. In everything.
I did have laundry done in a couple hotels, which was expensive, but not as expensive as checking a suitcase on every flight would have been.
But I will never again hesitate to bring only the bare minimum. It was very freeing, physically and mentally, to travel so lightly.
A couple of you wondered where I got the suitcase and the purse that turned out to be so incredibly durable and easy to clean. Plus they looked cool. I bought them at Sherpani. In addition to being the best bags I’ve ever owned, they are largely made from recycled materials.
Travel lightly, my friends!
7 Replies to “And about that suitcase…”
I love that you were able to do that. I might need to get a set like that. I did travel for two weeks with just a small suitcase – I would say carryon size (we were driving with four in a car and I had the smallest amount of luggage). I prefer to not take too much even though there have been times I missed things I should have brought.
Thanks for the link to the place you bought yours.
Isn’t packing light the best? We went to Europe for a month last summer, and ever since (and ever af ter) we will only use a carry on. We even managed to do carry-on only to the Disney NCTE convention. I shipped two boxes of books back to my school, and it STILL cost less than checking one single bag. Plus there’s nothing better than being able to skip the wait at the luggage carousel!
I have a huge fear of packing. And always do it badly. I’m so intrigued by this. I’d love to see a photo of you in your DriFit outfit. 🙂
I have thought about that picture since you first posted it and it has become my goal to pack lightly wherever I go. Thanks for the inspiration.
Impressive! A friend once showed me how to roll all of my clothes and pack that way to keep them wrinkle free and save space. It really worked!
Laurie, I’m also a light packer and appreciate these tips. Do you have any favorite venues for buying your Dri-Fit gear?
I want those shoes!