“How do you buy such cheap air tickets?” – a friend asked me. I showed, and choose the cheapest fare, only with a handy bag. “Nooo, I can not do it without checked luggage” – she worried. Wrong. Each of us can do level master packing and fly with cheap hand luggage only. Even the whole family.
Over 20 years ago, when I packed luggage for my first serious, independent trip, I did it terribly and spent a week struggling with a huge, heavy suitcase. I did not put on half the things, and I did not have space for beautiful clothes, which I wanted to buy on the spot.
Especially when travelling with a small child, there is a temptation to take EVERYTHING. We also had it 😉 Therefore, when Wili was still a travelling infant, we wrote the text: 7 things that we like to forget when travelling with children (and 3, which we pay completely unnecessarily).
I realized that I have two options. Either I will do it well – and I will have light luggage, which will fit easily into the standards of the cheapest airlines, and I will not miss anything. Or I’ll do it wrong, and I will be stressed at the airport, whether I’ll avoid the charge, and then get upset, that as usual, I took too much, but among these dozens of things, failed to take something important. Today, after several hundred closer and further trips, I am able to organize the whole family packing in light hand luggage, even for a month-long trip across three continents.
Conceptual packaging is really important. Everyone who prepares for extreme expeditions knows that. And these include those who travel with a child 🙂 For simplicity, I wrote down myself and always read 10 golden rules before leaving. Just in case.
1. Less means lighter