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11. Posted by Travel4gro (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

I travel extensively with my wife and 5 children. Even though we can check between 5 and 10 bags, I really do not want to carry that many. Family rule is that each person, except the baby, must be able to transport their luggage for the entire day.

There really is not much difference between packing for 3 days and 3 weeks, except for the amount (volume?) of baby supplies such as diapers. We do laundry, and can buy food, toys, books, etc, where ever we go. We do not have much money, so we do not have many travel gadgets. They are usually heavy and add little value to our travels.

Thus, we have always been limited by our ability to carry bags rather than our ability to check bags.

Sincerely, Travel4Growth

12. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 6y

Yeah, I agree with Travel4Growth. It has to be how many bags you can carry, not how many bags you can check. For my first overseas trip to Germany to go to college, I was allowed 2 suitcases and a carry-on, which ended up being a backpack. Boy, did I overpack. I think I brought all of my clothes, most of my toiletries (I ended up giving away tubes of toothpaste and sticks of deoderant because I brought so much), a hair dryer that I used once or twice, every pair of shoes that I owned, etc., etc., etc. It was a nightmare to carry all this through train stations, up staircases, through airports and cities. We flew into Munich, and had to change trains at Ulm, and missed the train because my overloaded suitcases were too heavy to haul up the stairs (the conveyer belt thing was broken, which turns out to be the case often). If it weren't for some very kind German people, we would have missed more connections. So the moral of the story is pack light. You can always buy it there. If this is a new life and you won't be going back, bring the sentimental stuff, because that is what you'll miss the most, and leave the extra behind. There is always a charity that could use it, or a friend or neighbour who'll buy it off of you.

Everytime I prepare for a big trip, I make lists of items to bring. A lot of the list consists of small things, like medicine and first aid supplies, or cosmetics, or prepaid development film, or sundry laundry supplies, or random things like a deck of cards. First, I compile all of the items that I might need, being very specific. Then I organize them into categories, like clothing, security, laundry, etc. Then I make a shopping list for anything that has expired since my last trip (i.e. medicines) and anything new that I need (like a mosquito net for places where you can get malaria, when going there the first time). Then I buy what is essential. Next I go through everything and take out things that are not essential, or that have too much sentimental value and would break my heart if it got stolen or lost, and I refine my list. Is it really going to rain that much? Do I really need a poncho and an umbrella? Do I need that many pairs of socks, or can I leave a few at home and just wash them more often? Am I actually going to listen to my diskman? Or will my heart be broken when it is stolen? This is a process I keep doing until I have what I need and can fit it all into a backpack, with at least 15% empty space for things that I might want to take back.

Over the years, I have read many. many suggested packing lists online and in books, and most of them are exhaustive lists. In case you forget something that is absolutely essentail (like your malaria pills), it is a good idea to just read them. But read them with a grain of salt. Use your own disgression and common sense about what is essential to bring on a trip and what is not. Otherwise, you may wrack up quite a bill mailing things that are just extra weight back home while you're travelling or end up being slowed down because of your sore back and shoulders.

Well, that is my two cents, for what that's worth.

Steph

13. Posted by BryanG (Full Member 19 posts) 6y

Just got back from two weeks in Japan with my girlfriend. We each had a 30 kg suitcase (Delta allows 2 32kg cases per person free from the US anywhere in the world) - the cases were a little tricky on the train from Tokyo to Hakone - but doable. We stayed in Tokyo for 8 days, then went to Hakone for two days (they have a great luggage transfer service - and then to Kyoto for five days. We did so much shopping - Japan has the coolest textiles - that we bought another case (for about $30 at cheap place in Kyoto) and came home with 32 kgs more than we brought! Christmas is going to be very Japanese this year!

My rule of thumb on how much to pack depends on the clothes I need and how much I have to move around with my luggage. Note - train stations in Japan are pretty friendly to wheeled luggage, but note that there is very limited luggage space on trains - every inter-city express Bullet Trains....

Enjoy!

B

14. Posted by backlasher (Budding Member 29 posts) 6y

I'm going to Hawaii next month and my bag weighs 14lbs. You only need a couple of pairs of shorts and some shirts. Oh! and a bathing suit. It could be a lot less but I hate paying twice what it costs here for shaving cream.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Oct-2009, at 04:14 by backlasher ]

15. Posted by arodasi (Budding Member 16 posts) 6y

My wife and i will leave for a tour of six months around the world.
We both will not exceed the weight of six kilo's each.
Gives us lot's of comfort on the way, no long waiting at belts, quickly through customs, no lost bags etcetera.
Everithing is everywhere for sale, don't worry, be happy.

16. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 6y

Quoting arodasi

Everithing is everywhere for sale, don't worry, be happy.

Yes to that! If you can buy certain things at your destination on the cheap, do it.

My packing motto: if you can't run through the airport with it at top speed, leave it. And pack an extra lightweight bag in case you do need to check something or need an extra bag on the way back for gifts or anything special you've picked up while traveling.

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