Happy Monday all!
With a few trips coming up this year, I’ve challenged myself to only take a carry on bag when I travel. As a chronic over packer (I packed 60 lb worth of clothes when I went to Bermuda last May!) I found myself wearing less than half of what I packed. My suitcases have always hovered around the 40-50 lb mark so it was time for a change. No more weighing my suitcase the night before on my bathroom scale to see if it comes under the 50 lb minimum for checked luggage. No more straining my back trying to lift heavy suitcases. I’ve practiced my Team Carry On skills a few short weekend trips to prepare for my first extended vacation. I’ll admit my over packing tendencies have tried to come back but I’m fighting back the urge to pack more clothes (seriously, I don’t need 5 dresses for 6 days!)
After going back and forth, below is a sample of what I’m packing for my 6 day trip to Dubai. Because the countries of the U.A.E are conservative and Muslim, I researched what was acceptable to wear there. Whenever I travel outside the US, I’m very conscious of the ‘”ugly American” stereotype. It is important for me to show not all Americans are arrogant and culturally ignorant by researching and respecting the societal norms of that county. With the information gathered, I was able to assemble a wardrobe that will not only to fit into my carry on bag but adhere to their cultural norms.
Which side are you…Team Carry On or Team Checked Bag? If you have any packing suggestions please share!