You know what they say about travel?
I know, I know. Every blog says this. There are even specialist blogs for packing light, like the classic One Bag site. But I will confess here and now that I don’t do this. I try to. But I’m a “what if” kind of packer and that’s the truth. I have a first aid kit with different types of plasters. And alcohol wipes. And folding scissors. Getting the picture?
So here is the real secret to travelling well
Go to the gym.
Strengthen your core.
Lift weights like Arnie’s middle aged, wimpy, would-be clone.
Why would I want to do that?
Your bag will weigh too much. It just will. Accept it and accept the fact that for every time some nice young man effortlessly lifts your bag off the carousel on your behalf there will be more times when the feeding frenzy around the carousel scares you witless and you will want to cry. And at those times, that nice young man will be nowhere to be seen.
Approach with caution …
You’ll see a space at the carousel and sidle up to it and just before you get there some smug so-and-so with only a tiny holdall to wait for will shove past you and grab your spot. At this point you’ll have options.
- Wait until the queue clears. This is too brave for me as my fear of missing the transfer bus would kick in long before things quieten down.
- Wait until you see a spot and go for it. Keep your nerve and you might be lucky
- Use the wisdom of your years and mark your territory with elbows wide and the unsettling grin of a menopausal women on the edge. It’ll take a brave man to shove past you at this point. Of course you may have to back this up – just remember to use your words and not those elbows ok?
(And for those of you taking a guess as to my favourite option – well if you guessed number 3, you’re probably right.)
Which brings me back to the secret.
You will, unless you’re a canny packer who actually listens to and uses the packing tips you see online, be required to lift a suitcase that will feel like the equivalent of your own body weight.
Now if you’ve a travelling companion who is bigger and stronger than you and/or easily persuaded/cowed into tackling the conveyor belt for you then you’ve won a watch.
But, and I’m assuming that’s not the case since we’re looking at solo options, then pack light or bear the consequences. The airline says you’re allowed 22kgs? It’s their maximum for a reason. It’s flaming heavy. Weigh it at home; drag it around a few times and try carrying it up and downstairs.
And if you must carry the maximum weight then learn to pack like a ninja and cram it all into the smallest suitcase it’ll fit into.
And that’s the thing
Cram every tiny crevice with bits and pieces. Because you’ll have to lift it and lug it. And when it’s swinging round from the conveyor belt on a trajectory towards the smug git behind you, or more likely your own feet, you’ll want it to be small enough to minimise the damage. Heavy luggage is a bad thing. Big, heavy luggage is a nightmare waiting to happen.
Yes. The best ever, completely secret travel tip. Buy a medium, not a large. In this case, size isn’t everything …
My top, top secret, travel tip
Buy the medium sized bag.
Enough said …
If you agree, or even if you don’t, feel free to leave a comment …
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