Traveling light. Why is it so difficult?

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    Nov 07, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    So, I'm off on holiday tomorrow. A bit of sea, sand and fun on a Spanish island. But why can't I ever just pack a few clothes? Honestly, Liz Taylor and Joan Collins travel with less.
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    Nov 07, 2008 9:11 PM GMT
    It's a gay trait, dear. We try to take along something to address every contingent, both in terms of wardrobe and grooming. Naturally we must have a different outfit for every possible circumstance we might encounter.

    I'm packing this weekend for 4 days in Key West next week, along with a few days in Miami first, and a stopover on Marathon Key, 8 or 9 days total in all. The KW gay guest house is clothing optional, I'll mostly be naked, and I'm still taking 2 bags! LOL!!
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    Nov 07, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    That's a lot of thongs and mankinis! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • OutdoorAdvent...

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    Nov 07, 2008 9:24 PM GMT
    Traveling lightly is an art. I wasn't able to do so until I truly had developed the desire to do so. Like so much else, it's not a matter of ability but of will. Marry me, redheadguy, and I'll work with you on it during our honeymoon.
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    Nov 07, 2008 9:24 PM GMT
    Pack like a poor person. That way in your shabby clothes you won't be as likely to get pickpocketed. ;-)
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    Nov 07, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    Learning how to pack light has taken years... but I've finally got it down to something that works for me. I usually pick the suitcase first -- just one!!!! -- and if I have difficulty getting it shut after I think I have it loaded with everything I think need, then it's time to start deciding what I can truly live without for the time that I am away.

    Ah well... there's my two cents. redheadguy have a fantastic vacation!
  • GQjock

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    Nov 07, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    Oh it ain't that hard...

    I dated a Flight attendant so here are some tips
    First think of all the must haves...clean underwear and toiletries
    Then you're going to somewhere warm?
    Shorts and tee shirts
    one or two jeans
    a buttondown if you go out to dinner
    and sandals sneakers and a pair of shoes
    That's it
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    Nov 07, 2008 9:29 PM GMT
    That's all very well but I need tight tops for the bars and nice t-shirts for the restaurants. Oh, decisions, decisions. It'll be warm. And I haven't started on the swimwear yet. And do I need three bottles of sunblock?
  • Delivis

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    Nov 07, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    one pair of pants, one shirt per day, some change of underwear and socks. toothpaste and shampoo. And of course my laptop. That is all i ever bring.
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    Nov 07, 2008 9:31 PM GMT
    One pair of trousers? Noooooooooooo.
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    Nov 07, 2008 9:37 PM GMT
    Truth is, I really CAN pack very light, having travelled coast-to-coast by motorcycle, taken long bicycle trips, and had a career in the Army. I plan ahead to know where I can wash the few clothes I'm taking, and select items I can hand-wash in the sink if I must and that'll dry quickly, mostly socks & underwear.

    I never even take shampoo, assuming I'll find some hotel stuff. The most toiletries I take are toothpaste and a brush, deodorant, and an electric shaver. Sometimes I take a bar of Zest soap, that I know can double on my hair if there's no shampoo.

    Yeah, I can travel light. Problem is, when I don't HAVE to pack light, I don't, reverting right back to my gay tendencies. It's like an addiction.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 07, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    I always end up overpacking.
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    Nov 07, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    I'm on holiday why should I travel light? Although I know my friend will have a go at me.
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    Nov 07, 2008 10:21 PM GMT
    I travel very light...I was in Spain for a month with one medium rolling duffle bag. I was able to wash at several places I stayed - which makes it easy to travel light. Also, I dont mind wearing the same outfit several times. I did it on the recent Atlantis cruise and someone made a bitchy comment about seeing me in the same shirt 3 times (I had all my laundry done on the boat 1/2 way through). It's very freeing, no matter where you travel, to have only one easy to carry and move bag. I see so many people lugging around so much shit they don't need, all sweaty and panting and stressed out.
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    Nov 07, 2008 10:26 PM GMT
    I think it just depends on what kind of person you are. When I was working as a makeup artist I use to take everything with me. I would have at least two outfits per day. Now I'm very lazy with my packing.

    I try to think about the weather before anything. If it's warm don't pack cold clothes. I also think I'm on vacation. Why should I care what people think of me. Pack the basics first. Underwear, socks, then pack your tops. Decided the number of pants. Finally fit your shoes in there somewhere.

    One thing that helps me remember how much to pack. . . Everything has to be unpacked when you get home, that's even worse.

    I'm traveling to Myanmar for a month in December. That'll be a hard trip to pack for. I think I'm only gonna take about three outfits, the rest of my luggage will be stuffed with American goods that I can sell over there.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 07, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    I'm the worst packer -- ever -- ask anyone who has ever traveled with me. I need choices, and I can't make them at home, so I pack like 10 times more than I ever need. I'll pack more for a long weekend than a lot of people pack for a whole week. It's crazy, but my friends get a kick out of it. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 07, 2008 11:19 PM GMT
    does anybody find it ironic that this conversation takes place on a site called realjock hehe not that there is anything wrong with it. what does real jock mean anyways, somebody start that thread.
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    Nov 08, 2008 12:01 AM GMT
    carabin saidwhat does real jock mean anyways, somebody start that thread.


    It's been started....numerous times.

    Anywho, I tend to pack decently heavy. As long as there's nothing that would inhibit my travels with more luggage, I figure there's really no concern. When I fly, I always have to check a bag, because I refuse to do that stupid 3 oz liquid rule. My bottle of cologne is much larger than that, as well as deodorant and toothpaste. Also, I hate lugging bags through airport terminals. I like to be traveling as light as possible on the plane, just my briefcase when possible. So I always check my bags. Since that's already decided, I tend to pack for all occasions, especially since I need at least 3 pairs of shoes. Running shoes, tennis shoes, and dress shoes/sandals (depending on where I'm going).
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    Nov 21, 2008 8:03 AM GMT
    Well, next time I am definitely going to pack lighter. At check-in on the return flight which was with a different airline the hold weight was 15kg and the hard-faced Spanish cow wanted to charge me £80 excess. So I took stuff out and put it in my rucksack.

    Next time I'll leave my make-up and lipstick at home.