Traveling lightly

@maximax8 (30126)
United Kingdom
September 11, 2008 5:09am CST
Have you ever met a traveler that went around with just hand baggage? When I was in Finland I met an Australian lady and she carried just two t-shirts, a pair of trousers, a pair of shorts, a pair of socks, two pairs of knickers, one bra and a swimming costume. Instead of a towel she had a flannel and she had a tiny bag with her toothbrush and paste in it. She kept all that in a small bag and put all her valuables like passport, money, tickets and tiny camera in her hand bag. She loved traveling so very lightly but I knew I couldn't have managed traveling with so few possessions. Could you manage to travel lightly if so how would you do that?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
11 Sep 08
I certainly don't travel THIS lightly but I can say that everything I own in this world fits into one or two suitcases! It has been this way for three or so years now becasue I tend to move a lot with my work. It definitely makes things easier this way for someone like me.
@maximax8 (30126)
• United Kingdom
11 Sep 08
It is great that you have few possessions that can all fit into one or two suitcases. It must be lovely to travel for work. I am sure that you have favorite destinations and that your luggage is fairly light to carry.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
11 Sep 08
To be honest travelling for work is nowhere near as exciting as it used to be. Most people think it all sounds so glamourous but it is tiring and nine times out of ten you get to see very little of the country you are visiting for business at all. A couple of months ago I had to travel from Cairo to London; then Cairo to Istanbul; and then Cairo to Washington DC. Three international trips and all within a 6 week period. Believe me it can be very draining and I actually love it when I have stretches of time with no travel at all!
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
11 Sep 08
Umm I have too much stuff to take with me so I know I couldn't do it, unless its an overnight visit then I could.
@maximax8 (30126)
• United Kingdom
11 Sep 08
Even with an overnight visit I take more than that lady did. I have a backpack which I can add many things on top. It is light before I pack it but once it is full it can weigh 15 to 20 kg. I know that you have traveled to some lovely places.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
31 Jan 09
I just came back from Winnipeg. I went there for 5 days to visit my husband. I took just a handbag type of suitcase with me so that I could just take it on the plane with me instead of checking it in. I don't like waiting at an airport for my bags so I pack lightly. I don't bother to take anything like toothepaste or shampoo because I just use the person's I am visiting so I only have to take enough clothes to last a few days. If I need to I can always wash them where ever I am if it isn't enough. I have done that in the past. But usually I only need a few pairs of underwear and a couple tops and a couple pants and some socks. That's about it. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Have a good mylotting day, Chris
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Sep 08
WHen I was backpacking I had to make it really light, had no other choice if I was carrying it all on my back:) Just like the lady you met, I had only the essential and I learned by experience that the essential is not as much as one thinks at first LOL Actually, as a rule - maybe because of the backpacking thing - I like to travel light. I never take too much with me when I travel. I take things that can travel well, wash easily and don't wrinkle:) I take only the minimum necessary and never waste time thinking about what else to take LOL
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
12 Sep 08
Oh my... i don't think i can manage with only a few items when travelling... i wonder where or how she washes her clothes... in my case... i always take something extra just in case... so i would bring a big hand bag... and another bag where i will put my clothing items and my own towel...
@BubblyIan (751)
11 Sep 08
Because of the absurd delays in handling hold luggage and the risk of losing or damaging it, i always prefer to travel with just hand luggage. Aeroplane travel is such a nightmare these days with the absurd over-reaction of western governments allegedly afraid of terrorist attacks that the less you carry the better. Some budge airlines are now rewarding hand luggage only passengers by charging extra to people with hold luggae - I say good on them! Besides, msot thinsg are cheaper overseas so I can buy them when I get there and help the locals!
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
11 Sep 08
Wow I take my hat off to the lady, did she have a hat? LOL I definitely couldn't do that, my washbag would take up so much room as I have creams and ointments and stuff as well as a first aid kit just in case! I am a boy scout I take everything that I could possibly need. I would need far more clothes, I know you can wash them out but I would feel totally lost with what she had, but I admire her being able to do that. There's nothing worst than travelling with baggage to slow you down.