Lately, a friend of mine did just that with her family of 2 parents, 2 children. I was impressed. She still said they had taken things they didn’t wear once.
Cue me – I can do this, yes I can. Seriously, no I can’t. For reasons of a practical nature – no car rental during our stay, no in suite laundry, sports gear, enough said. However, I decided to experiment with the nature of the vibe. Travel with less of what I could, measure carefully the chosen necessities.
I discovered something interesting – the balance (a work in progress) between comfort and carry-on luggage. I missed my slippers, extra lounge clothes and lack of shoes aside from flip-flops. There were still some items that could easily have stayed in the closet at home. I started a list on my phone of the offending items and the ones that deserved the trip.
Part of the peace was to set aside a portion of the budget to purchase items on site that were not worth transporting. Sand toys, boogie boards, sand shoes for the kidlets. These also provided a valuable lesson upon departure – choose someone that has just arrived and would love to play with these toys during their holiday. Pay if forward. This is, in my experience an acquired skill for some and a natural move for others. Let the kids decide who they would like to gift what to – they are in control and it strengthens their generosity muscles.
So, more travel is called for and I will keep you apprised of my ongoing version of travelling light(er)!