One Bag For One Month

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A Tip From Experienced Travelers – A Travel Shoulder Bag Makes You Good to Go For a Month! By Willard Estes. For those of us who love to travel, all of the planning as well as the trip is pure joy! The worst part of any travel venture is packing, and then hauling around a

A Tip From Experienced Travelers – A Travel Shoulder Bag Makes You Good to Go For a Month!

By Willard Estes.

For those of us who love to travel, all of the planning as well as the trip is pure joy! The worst part of any travel venture is packing, and then hauling around a bunch of luggage. After just a few trips of any length, the savvy traveler gets smart. You learn to pack smart and travel light! Would you believe that a large travel shoulder bag can carry everything you’ll need for a month long trip abroad? It’s true, though you may find it hard to believe. Let’s examine the many virtues of the travel shoulder bag and then get into how to pack efficiently and economically, leaving the un-necessaries behind, but in possession of ample clothing.

Ladies - one bag for one month

Ladies – One Bag for One Month

With today’s travel constraints, including the size and weight of your luggage, additional fees for checked baggage, the full inspection of every bottle of shampoo, lotion, toothpaste and whatever other toiletries you may consider essential certainly tends to put a damper on your travel enthusiasm. An extra ounce over the permitted amount of whatever and it’s confiscated on the spot. If you check luggage, you’ve then added the extra hassle of visiting the luggage carousel upon arrival at your destination?and hoping you find it. The travel shoulder bag solves many of these problems.

It becomes a WYSIWYG situation. Eliminate the weighing and measuring and type of toiletry container inspections at check-in lines and you breeze through without a hitch. For women, with the possible exception of your favorite face cream, don’t bother packing these everyday items. It’s just dead weight. You can buy everything you need at your destination. Even if you’re going to the Amazon rain forest, your plane is going to land in a city that has drugstores. Buy it there.

Most inexperienced travelers pack with an eye to having lots of different outfits in which to enjoy the sights. You don’t need but a couple of dresses and one pair of dress shoes to cover most ‘formal’ occasions. No one’s going to notice that you wore the same dress and shoes out to dinner in Rome and Berlin! If you’re a guy, traveling on business, you might need a folding nylon suit carrier, but for any pleasure trip, your travel shoulder bag will fill the bill.

Traveling in the off-season usually means you’ve got a few heavy outerwear garments that you’d be hard-pressed to stuff in to a travel shoulder bag. The solution? Wear them. Anything bulky or heavy, such as a coat or boots can be worn on board. This includes a heavy sweater. You can shed your coat once on board and use it as a blanket (airlines now charge for these!). The slight inconvenience of being overly warm before boarding is far outweighed by the convenience of breezing through the terminal at your destination.

Here’s another great tip: when traveling in cool weather, bring a nylon jacket. This item can be rolled up, taking very little space in your single, carry-on travel shoulder bag, arriving virtually wrinkle free, having the added virtue of being nice and warm, even on a damp winter’s day touring Paris. It’s also easy to wash and dry in your hotel room.

This brings us to the importance of a mix-and-match strategy. With two pairs of jeans (they’re worn worldwide), a couple of T-shirts, a plain or patterned sweater and your nylon jacket, you can take yourself almost anywhere a tourist might go.

OK, so how full is that travel shoulder bag so far? Not much. What’s left? You’ll want one pair of comfortable walking shoes (pack these) and one pair of dress shoes or boots (wear these). You’ve now got everything packed, with the exception of underwear and perhaps an additional sweater and one formal dress and/or a pair of nice trousers.

Other essential items, such as a money belt to contain a credit card, language translator, currency converter, passport and visas fit nicely into your travel shoulder bag.

There you go. One travel shoulder bag really is all you need. Bon Voyage!

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