Travel light is probably the best travel tip I have.
We started light, so we thought. For two adults a teen and a tween we had two large backpacks and one medium wheeling bag. It was just under half of our allowed weight.
It was too much. We had planned to ship home our thermals after we left Russia, but by the end we had shipped four boxes, nearly half of our initial belongings.
In February I wrote my list of the Top 10 Essential Things To Bring When Traveling Around the World so I won’t repeat it here. I will offer you a quick guideline to help you travel light. If you are on extended travel:
- If you think you pack light, cut it in half.
- If you think you pack normal, take out 3/4.
- If you normally bring a lot have someone else pack you for extended travel.
And one more thing before I go:
Leave Your Laser Pointer at Home
A while ago I promised to tell you the story for the letter L, so here goes:
On our last day in China hubby declares: “I bought a laser pointer.”
Me: “Aren’t laser pointers illegal in just about every country in the world?“
Hubby: “No worries, it’s be fine.”
After China was Oman and oddly enough the laser pointer made it through without incident and by the time we were ready to move on to UAE we had basically forgotten about it.
As our bag went through x-ray in Dubai, the customs offer interrogated, “Is there a laser pointer in that bag sir?”
Some people handle these situations really well, others get nervous, and people like me do what we can to keep from laughing while fighting the urge to say “I told you so” as I do realize the extreme inappropriateness at this particular moment.
Next, as two police officers come for hubby I whisper to my teen, “What ever you do, don’t let me laugh.” We were taken to a security office where hubby could either pay to have his laser pointer in storage to be returned to us as we left the Emirates, or destroyed for free.
As our next stop was Russia, I think hubby made the better choice in letting it be destroyed.
Do you have a travel light story to share?
Leave It At Home – Travel Light
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