As most of you know the mantra of all 12-step programs is to admit you have a problem in order to stop the addicted behaviour. My addiction is luggage. There I said it but I suspect it won’t be going away any time soon, no matter how many times I confess. I love shopping, buying, researching – luggage! Don’t judge.
See, during every trip I figure out the flaws in my “system” and before the trip is even over my brows furrow in concentration and I stare at the offending bag(s) until I come up with a solution. Then I spend the between trip time hunting down just the right bag that will make my new system complete.
One thing that became obvious very early on is that I loath anything heavy on my back and shoulders. I would like to publicly pledge my undying gratitude to Mr. Bernard Sadow, who, in 1972 invented wheeled luggage. Without his genius I would have had to foster a strapping young man to shlep my shit all over the world. kidding.
This past trip to Costa Rica, my first solo trip, shone a glaring light on a serious flaw in my luggage choices. When travelling alone volume matters way more than when you have a partner – if all your luggage doesn’t fit in a typical bathroom stall/long drop then you’ve got yourself a major problem. Lets face it if bags can “disappear” when standing next to them, just imagine how fast they would go if you’re not!
The trip to Costa Rica involved so much luggage that taking a local bus was a nightmare so I was restricted to Turismo Autobus, which, while pretty nice, was way more expensive. Also, if you remember, the airline forgot my bags on the tarmac in Denver. So this time I am committed to 1 roller and 1 medium backpack, and I am going to have no checked luggage. Really. I can do this. Every one pray for me. :}
So here are the pieces I own:
So do you have a luggage system/problem? I’d love to hear about them, write me.