What do you think of the idea of traveling without luggage?

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1. Posted by charles1102 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I was thinking about the idea of renting all the clothes that people will wear on their vacations.
I think this would allow people to travel with little or no luggage.

I would like to know your opinion about it.

Do you see any benefit?

And if you know any other way to travel without luggage?

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6437 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

>I think this would allow people to travel with little or no luggage.

Why do you think people don't already do this? Some people are already happy to travel with minimal luggage and very few clothes, buying and discarding clothes as they go.

> Do you see any benefit?

Not really. The cost of renting sufficient clothes for a holiday is likely to be the same as, or more than, paying for checked baggage (assuming it's not free).

I very much doubt that anyone would want to rent underwear, sleepwear or footwear so all those things would have to be bought as luggage or purchased on arrival.

A rental business would have to offer such a vast range of sizes and styles of clothing that I doubt it would be feasible.

Offering high-end suits & dresses for special events/nights out might work, depending on location and clientele.

3. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 392 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

When I travel I only take carry on bags (which one probably wouldn't call "luggage"). Once your trip gets longer than 1 week you don't need to take more stuff (you're washing clothes whatever).

Space taken by clothes in my carry-on is small. Shoes (wearing one pair, one pair in bag and flip flops) are as bulky and no way would you be renting shoes as they need to fit and be comfortable and that means trying on and that means wasting the start of your trip choosing clothes and shoes.

Most of the rest of my carry on is e.g. soap, electricals (charger, cables, batteries), toothbrush, etc.. small items you need that take little space but some weight.

And if your rental service didn't have my size or style or taste ...

So if I was renting clothes on arrival I'be be carrying the same sized carry-on bag but wasting minmum half a day getting rental cloths so a definite "no".

Ian

[ Edit: Edited on 26 Jul 2022, 18:43 GMT by Psamathe ]

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5655 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I would not be too interested in renting clothes. When I travel overseas I do have a carry-on and a check in bag. I like my own stuff! I am used to having spare shoes, trousers with hidden pockets and other modifications of clothing. I like to have spare clothing for warmer areas when I am going through a couple T-shirts and shorts a day walking and sweating in the heat. Other odds and ends that are no problem for me to carry from airport to taxi to hotel. Over the past 20-30 years, one time or another, I was happy to have extra stuff! (Swiss Army knife, folding utility tool, needle and thread, short clothesline, even shower shoes because I do not walk on hotel floors with my bare feet!)

In my carry-on bag I have books to read, spare clothes for the times that airports are closed and I have to sleep in the airport along with netbook computer and meds and shaving stuff. Sometimes when leaving my home area I need something warmer because it is freezing outside walking to and from the train that takes me to the airport. Fold up umbrella too.

One time in Indonesia, Sumbawa Besar, a long time ago when I only had one pair of canvas shoes, I had to walk over coral or sharp rocks from boat to beach. No problem, I thought, until the shoes started to fall apart. With big feet not to easy to quickly find cheap replacements in some parts of Southeast Asia. I ended up flying back home 10,000 miles with my shoes wrapped with duct tape!

Basically I like the stuff I bring with me when flying long distances. I have been stuck in airports for bad weather, hurricanes, snowstorms, plane crashes closing airports, planes breaking down, even got stuck overseas because of the NineEleven attack in the US. I have used every piece of junk I have taken with me!

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 2083 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I don't take "travel clothes" because I wear what I wear at home. I like what I have and don't want substitutes, rental or bought. We manage to get all we need for our month+ trips in a carryon so don't know why rental would be necessary anyway.

As mentioned above, shoes and personal items couldn't be rented, probably by law in many places.

It sounds like you are thinking of starting a business. It may work, but I wouldn't buy stock in it.

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1629 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I suppose you could travel with just the clothing and footwear you have on, without anything else, and simply make do. But most people won't, especially if they care more about their health, safety and comfort than traveling with little or no baggage.

7. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 332 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

For all sorts of reasons, no, I wouldn't be interested. Among those reasons is that I'm picky about the fabric and fit, and I'm a somewhat difficult fit to begin with. I also need some luggage for other things; my camera equipment, medication, specific toiletries, shoes, underwear (I won't wear someone else's shoes or undies) so it would never be possible for me to travel completely without. We also don't have special travel wardrobes, outside of leaning toward the pieces most able to be sink washed/drip dried.

Honestly, luggage isn't THAT big of an issue unless one can't manage to pack within reason. And where would you rent this stuff, and how would you return it if arriving in one country and departing from another?

The only rental clothing I could see which might be of benefit would be formalwear, as in tuxedos and evening gowns, for special events such as a posh wedding that one might not want to pack or even purchase in the first place. Winter outerwear (heavy jackets, snowpants, boots) might be a possibility for the traveler whose trip includes climates ranging from tropical to arctic.

[ Edit: Edited on 27 Jul 2022, 15:54 GMT by goodfish ]

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2651 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

I suppose you could travel with just the clothing and footwear you have on, without anything else, and simply make do. But most people won't, especially if they care more about their health, safety and comfort than traveling with little or no baggage.

In 1964, I met a couple of ladies on the train in Spain who traveled with just a large pocketbook each. I assume they had comfortable clothing and shoes, and I fail to see how this would impack someone's health or safety. I wasn't traveling quite that light - I had a 24" suitcase and a large pocketbook. I just did laundry every night with Woolite. Once when I had been traveling for 36 hours straight, I went into the bathroom on the train and washed out my nylon dress, and wrung it out pretty well, and put it back on and stood in the corridor until it dried.

In 1998 I went for 2 weeks to Belize with two carryons - we just did laundry sometimes. When we traveled on our boat, we did laundry in the washers at the marinas. You can also do laundry in some hotel washers.

I have shipped my clothes to me at the first stop, and I have also mailed my dirty laundry home.

Most of my luggage now isn't really clothing. It's the other stuff that takes up room. In my small carryon I have my computer, cameras, phone, kindle, and the cords to charge them, my medications, my wallet, water, snacks, a toothbrush, hairbrush and a spare dress and underwear, and space for the scooter battery. This carryon goes under the seat. If I wanted to (and have) I can put the scooter charger, an extra pair of shoes, my snorkel mask, and the rest of my clothes that I need in a larger carryon to go in the overhead bin. I don't do this because I have enough trouble managing a small carryon, my cane and my scooter without adding another bag to the mix.

9. Posted by 55vineyard (Full Member 188 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't be interested and normally travel with one checked and one carryon (for stuff like medicine, a book and a change of clothes). I figure if I can afford to travel, the cost to check a big (if there is one) is just part of the overall cost of travel.

10. Posted by andoreia (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I usually travel carry-on only. I even did it for 2 weeks in Asia. And I'm preparing of doing it again for 3 weeks this time Sometimes it's hard fitting everything in, but I like having my luggage with me all the time: it's faster to go through airports, and I don't need to worry about the suitcase getting lost