|Suites Casa Mia, San Miguel de Allende, Mx.|
We were on the third floor. They carried our luggage
up the stairs!
But there is some method to my madness...really there is! I know how we function when we travel...well I function. I buy stuff to bring back. I spill a lot. I need good walking shoes and dress shoes.
So here are a few questions I think you should ask yourself so you can decide how much luggage you really need:
- Think about your style of travel: Do you eat out, ride in taxis, dress for dinner or spend your time at the pool not sight seeing?
- What are the items that you need to be truly comfortable? Vacations are not fun if your are uncomfortable.
- What are the things that you need that are not clothing items? For example, do you travel with books, a computer, ipad or even a drawing pad. Be realistic about how much space those they take up.
- Do you NEED several pairs of shoes to fill several needs, i.e. walking shoes, slippers, dress shoes?
- How much space will you need for bathroom and grooming items? Be realistic about what size shampoo or lotion you take and what is in the hotel/condo.
- Will you need extra space when you return home because you may buy a rug or a piece of art?
- Will there be a lift in your hotel or condo? If not, will there be someone to help you.
I like to sleep good and be clean. I don't want blisters on my feet but at the same time I do not want to wear sensible, clunky shoes when I dress for dinner.
In my case two lighter pieces of luggage are better than one piece that weighs the allowed 40+ pounds. So if the luggage is filled to the explosion level when we leave and I cannot even manage to tip my bag upright, that is not good. If I am packing my precious stuff (computer, jewelry) in a flimsy shopping bag, that is not good. I have found what size of luggage I need and that is what I take.
I think that a smart traveler is willing to endure the trouble to stand at the luggage carousel after a flight, pull a sturdy carry-on to the taxi and arrive with what they need for their vacation. But, again, that is just me.
I don't think smart packing is about packing less that you need...not at all.