I have traveled abroad happily, and smugly, for any number of years with nothing larger than an in-flight case and a handbag. Not for me the jostling for position at the reclaim carousel, no fear of being stranded on the beach in only the underwear I traveled out in!
Easy Jet at Gatwick, "Please put your handbag into your case."
I'm a good packer, but not that good.
Handbag into case will not go!
What! Squash a good handbag!!
So my in-flight bag had to go in the belly of the plane with all the big brutes and take it's chances on the carousel. To add insult to injury, on the way home I had my bag searched at the airport. Was I mad! Did the man care as he ploughed through my tissue-wrapped clothing? Not a bit of it. I offered to lift the items out but he preferred to rifle away until everything was disturbed and he had found my chunky necklaces.
Easy Jet have become far more rigorous about in-flight baggage. I've got two more flights booked with them for later this year so I've been to the sales to find a suitcase that should survive the rigours of baggage handling. I bought a 'Tripp' that came out best in a television programme when thrown from a great height! It's got four wheels. I 'drove' it through town and back to the car with great success and it is just the right height without my having to use the extending handle thingy.
Which is good!
Considering the fact that with my in-flight bag I have often come home with clothes that I've not worn I dread to think what I might be tempted to pack in the new case.
I read other bloggers posts about packing with interest. (Paula got me started.) Janet, at The Gardeners Cottage has just returned to America after a fabulous holiday in Europe. I can understand the dilemma she had as to what to pack - cold, wet, warm, baking, the weather can be any or all of these. When I'm flying anywhere it is easy because I am going only in search of much needed sun and warm sea. Apart from wearing a pashmina round my neck for warmth, which can double as a wrap at the resort, and a mac and brolly for Blighty, all that I need to pack is light weight summer wear. The only heavy items are my necklaces and sports shoes!
Did somebody mention black and white? I can do that!
While I was in town I had a peep at the clothes sales and found this linen top in The White Company. Not my size, but with this shape I think it's the bigger the better.
For Patti's Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.