|Tom’s clothing, hoping it will all fit into one bag|
Yes, I suppose I’m bent on fitting every possible item, clothing and otherwise, into two suitcases and one carry-on each. The prospect of being unable to replace our clothing, toiletries and electronics online for at least three years, without paying exorbitant shipping fees, intimidates me.
Our budget for these three an more years of traveling is forefront in my mind. These two major concerns have been a frequent topic in our lives and this blog:
- Excess airline baggage fees, upwards of $800 per bag per person, for our two to three upcoming flights in and out of Africa
- Hauling extra heavy baggage to and from rental cars to rental houses, taxis to cruise ships and taxis to airports
|Tom’s clothing fit into one bag!|
Not surprisingly, my clothes didn’t fit into the one bag. (We’ll get back to that in a minute). My fear was never wrapped around Tom’s clothes fitting into one bag. Not for a moment!
|My clothing, hoping it will all fit into one bag.|
Now, for my situation. I can leave behind my frequently used kitchen gadgets, my antique dishes, my favorite winter clothes and jackets, the bulk of my “real” and costume jewelry, my varied selection of handbags and my fluffy slippers and robes.
The matching tanks, the layering camis, the tops, the bottoms, the dresses, short or long; shoes, including sandals, workout shoes, the “cute” pink Crocs, comfy Minnetonka Moccasins, spiky high heels; cool pjs; the costume jewelry and all the items that assist a girl in feeling “put together” will accompany us around the world in heavy, bulky suitcases.
As for my carry-on bag, it will include cosmetics, prescriptions, overflow electronics from Tom’s carry-on and of course, emergency clothing.
My empty suitcase weighs 15.2 pounds. Loaded up it weighs 48.7 pounds. By adding the dreaded second bags, our checked baggage totals will be approximately 100 pounds each, way over the limit of any airline. (Cruise ships don’t weigh the bags).
Yesterday, Tom and I discussed this situation at length. He finally put my mind at ease with this simple statement, lovingly expressed, “No worry, Sweetie. As the time gets closer, we will either prepay for the additional baggage online when we book our reservations or, if that doesn’t work well, we’ll talk to the airlines and figure it out.”
“In the worst case, we’ll bite the bullet, pay to have the extra bags shipped or get a storage facility in Rome for the 8 months while we’ll be living in Africa, just taking our BugsAway clothes and the basics.”