Local Heart, Global Soul

July 13, 2019

Time To Pack It In!

I think that everyone at some time or other has experienced the scenario depicted in this next series of photographs. Packing suitcases is an art form sometimes. In my own case I tend to assume that the stuff that I am taking will fit in a suitcase one size smaller than what I really need. Even though I try hard to pack light, I always like to pack a few extra changes of clothes, because after all there is nothing worse than needing laundry facilities when you travel. If we are staying with friends or family then this isn’t an issue, but paying $3 to have a pair of socks washed or $6-8 for a shirt to be washed in a hotel, is ridiculous! and waaay too costly if you are traveling as a family of four.

Some hotels, such as the  Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa  on Sentosa Island in Singapore have laundry rooms for guests that contain washing machines and dryers, a massive boon for traveling families, but they are by far in the minority. The information text translates as: “Packing suitcases”, “Packing suitcases is an art. Will everything fit? And then your little one asks: “Can I take this one too?”. One look at that teddy-bear gives you the answer!

Our family certainly travel light when we compare our bags with other families at the baggage claim carousel at the airport, because at least we can fit everything on one trolley and don’t need two or three!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. This is a powerful reminder for us as a family to yravel light.

    Comment by maximcartography — July 13, 2019 @ 1:36 am | Reply

    • maximcartography,
      It certainly is: not only does it make things easier, concerning weight and space, it also saves a lot of time unpacking and repacking if you are travelling around a lot whilst on holiday.

      In the end we always take that extra book we mean to read, and clothes we “might just need”and never wear.

      We need to disapline ourselves into saying: I will make do with a.b.c. and leave the rest behind. I’m a ton better than I used to be.

      Of course if travelling between timezones where there are extremes of temmps it gets difficult. I remember one trip to NZ where we were dropped off at the “kiss and ride area, at Schipol for our flight out, I stripped off a heavy winter coat in the car and ran with kids more or less under each arm in shirtsleeves through hard snowstorm into the terminal. Between the NZ summer and the tropics of Singapore I wasn’t going to need that bulky jacket until I returned.

      The friend who dropped us off had strict instructions to please remember to have it ready in the car for the return journey (he did and just as well since it was a freezing cold winter that year)

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 15, 2019 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

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