Baggage-is less more?

Have you gotten to that point yet?  Still the same? MORE even?? we  have a rule, not counting a carry on (one) with the really important stuff, we each have ONE medium size piece of luggage, yknow, with wheels for  the walkoff...no matter how long the cruise is...AND..,you packed it, you schlepp it.  Yknow theres a qualification for walking off...YOUY handle your bags, cant do it you cant walk off...Sat waiting for the official ok couple cruises back, behind a couple swear they had at least 6 pcs of luggage...all nicely matched thankyou... sitting there for awhile, and the guy leans over and says.."how did y'all do that"?  looking at our 2 measley bags.b4 I could say anything he says.."PLEASE….TELL ME!!"....well, the line started to move...moving behind them off those looong gangways and thru to customs in N.O,which is at least 3 miles from the ship, makes me very grateful that we figured out how to do more with less.

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I have done a 1 month vacation,  2 weeks land and then 2 weeks cruise with just my back pack and a medium size suite case.   I had laundry done on the ship and I did wear the same shirts to dinner more than once with laundry being done.  I pack as light as I can so I have less to carry.

 

My next cruise is only a 7 night but I have to fly to port so I will pack in a carry on bag and my backpack,  this means for formal night I will not be in a Tux,  just slacks, shirt and a tie.  I do not see paying for a checked bag just for a Tux I will only wear for a few hours.

 

I think it is easier to pack light for men then for women.  Us guys can get away with a couple pairs of jeans, one pair of slacks, a few shirts, shorts, I pair athletic shoes and one pair dress shoes.

I still over pack... but not quite a badly as I did in the beginning.   My weakness is shoes.  I "need" a pair of dress heels, dress flats (maybe two), casual sandals, beach sandals, good walking shoes and maybe running shoes.  There are a few that can do double duty... but I still haven't got to get it down to as few as my DH.    When we "dress to the nines" for elegant night we have three pieces of checked luggage and a carry-on each.  Plus I tend to carry a tote where I put my purse (small), kindle, light cover for the flight (usually a shawl that I also use on the cruise) and we can add lunch and or drinks we buy once we've gone through TSA.  Since we live in Colorado, we fly to all our cruise ports and pack for flying as well as cruising.  I also have to manage my own luggage, but the DH carries the hang-up bag with his tux and maybe one of my gowns.

We each carry a medium suitcase that we check plus a carry on. Since we cruise for a week then have a week land vacation, I have either done laundry on the ship on the last day or used the laundry facility at the hotel. I pack lots of choices but having them  mix ‘n match helps. 

 

Did that elegant nite ONCE...that was enuf...now don't misunderstand, we almost always change for dinner..the Queen wont eat with a slob...it can get warm laying around...working up a sweat not doing anything..cept exercising me arm...and so I don't mind "getting  cleaned up". if I ever travel CUNARD, im wearing a tux to breakfast....course Id have to return the rental...theyd make a mint if they rented em onboard...short term...say for 2 hours...hehehehe

 

Once we decided we were going to do this "cruise thing" for the long haul, my DH decided to buy a tux (they were still the suggested attire at that time).  He has more than gotten a return on his investment, but it is nice to bring it out now and again in today's more casual atmosphere.  He looks very handsome in it (IMHO).  He recently decided to add a bit of whimsy by buying a tropical cummerbund and bow tie.  They used to rent tuxes on the ships, but with the more relaxed dress code there is no profit in it.

All of my cruises thus far have turned out differently with how I do luggage. Last cruise was a two week and I had an overhead small suitcase and a bigger checked one. One week Caribbean cruise I just checked one big one. One week Med cruise I had two smaller ones.

Now I'm going on another week-long Caribbean cruise and trying to decide if I can live with just a small overhead suitcase or if I should bring another to split with my friend and check it. What do you guys think? I'm leaning towards checking a second small one since I have cameras and stuff to bring in addition to clothes and shoes. 

Lemme get this straight...your asking posters, some of them MEN, to comment on how much luggage you should bring??? nononononono...I think a small disposable shopping bag will do...heheheh..ouch! ow!...

Big Smile lol!! 

I'd rather have too much than not enough!  This is why I over pack... but I still believe it! Bring the combined suitcase, that was if you buy anything you have a place to put it.

I never fill the suitcase .... need room to put a few bottles of rum in it to bring home Wink

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