Carry On Only for a 3-Week Trip?
I got all my ducks in a row months ago with the packing plan. I got a credit card that allowed us one checked bag each for free. Whew. Saving lots of money and not needing to lug baggage around the airport. I was a planning rockstar.
Then, whap! Hubby announces that from all his research, he has come to the conclusion that we should avoid checking ANY bags. To save time. Huh? Three weeks of clothes in a single carry on bag? How on earth was that supposed to happen? He gently explained we would not carry 3 weeks worth of clothes, we would have to do laundry whenever we could (or wash underwear in the sink if we needed to). Uh, ok. I'll keep an open mind, or at least try to.
Airline max carry on dimensions were 9 x 14 x 22. The first bag he ordered as a trial didn't look too bad--smaller on one side than the other, but still staying within total linear dimensions. Maybe I could work with this. Then, the sneaky airlines removed "total linear dimension" flexibility. The trial bag was officially now too big.
When the smaller bag came, I broke into a sweat. I was sure I couldn't fit even a week's worth of clothes in there, let alone all the accessories I needed. And so, we embarked on a trial packing session.
He packed--no problem. When all you need is two pairs of jeans for a 3-week trip, you can't go wrong. But I'm a GIRL. I need a hairdryer. And shoes. And well, STUFF. We knew Lucas would not be a problem. And so, we embarked on a trial packing adventure for moi. I laid out all the clothes I wanted to bring--no not 3 weeks worth, enough for about 7-10 days. We folded, rolled, packed, squeezed (I continued to sweat) and squeeze some more. And you know what, it is possible to pack carry on only for a 3-week trip, provided you are willing to:
I won't lie, the girl who expects to have a nicely ironed change of clothes for every day is still getting used to this new way of travel. But I'm still not feeling washing underwear in the sink...stay tuned!
9/30/2014 03:52:56 am
You don't need an iron. All you need is a tiny spray bottle. When you pick out what to wear the next day, hang the pieces up and spray water on them (no need to soak it). Then gently stretch them as needed. That should remove ~90% of the wrinkles. Repeat in the morning if needed.
9/30/2014 04:07:20 am
Daniel, I can't believe it... that's what I've been doing for years. I learned that trick years ago in commercial photography when we didn't have time to steam or iron fabric, clothing or bedspreads and the like (I used to photograph lots of home furnishings). Spray the heck out of it and forget it. The wrinkles always fall out--unless they are ironed in in the first place. (Like the crease in pants.)
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