I never used to be a big supporter of the pack lightly club. I was always a believer in the “I would rather have it and not need it than wish I had not left it at home” method. No awards are given to the ones with the smallest bags. However, airline weight restrictions and baggage fees have curbed some of my over-packing tendencies and after lugging all our crap halfway around the world and back I am a changed woman.
Packing the bags up more than 4 dozen times made me kind of hate it. Squashing us and all our bags into taxis made me wish we had brought less. Tripping over the suitcases made me want to get smaller. While digging through our bags earned me the title Finder of All Things, it also drove me crazy and made me want to ditch more and more stuff at every stop.
In Thailand we took a side trip to the beach. I was able to get our stuff down to one suitcase (not counting the carry-ons) and leave the rest in Bangkok. For almost 3 weeks we had just the one bag. For the 4 of us. Certainly made me wonder if we could do it for three weeks, why not longer?
Lesson learned: So yes, for the next trip I WILL be packing lighter. It IS a burden to bring the non essentials. We CAN get by just fine with less.