Journeywoman What To Wear, Where

dirt cheap travel button
Browse Our Travel Ads
Receive Our Newsletter
Use Our Search Engine
Advertise With Us
Her Travel Tales
Her Cities of the World
She Travels Solo
She Loves to Cruise
The Older Adventuress
She Travels to Learn
Her EcoAdventures
She's a Biz Traveller
She Shops the World
She Travels with Kids
GirlTalk Cyberguides
Men Have Their Say
Travel Love Stories
Tour Guides Worldwide
Restaurants Worldwide
Books She Suggests
We Love Canada
She Visits Spas
JourneyDoctor Advice
Letter to the Editor
Send a travel tip
Media request
Speaking Engagements
Want to Advertise?


10 Reasons to Pack Light

Evelyn Hannon

With more and more airlines charging for baggage handling, 'Packing Light' has become a hot topic.

After the distress of the airlines losing two of my bags in the last two years, I now try to travel with only a regulation size carry-on. Believe me the hassle of arriving somewhere without your personal clothing as well as the hassle of getting the insurance to pay for your loss just isn't worth checking bags (whether there is a fee or not.)

Now, the only time I take a chance on a checked bag is when I absolutely have to. For instance, trips to the Arctic or Antarctic require heavy expedition clothing that just don't fit a mini bag. That's the time for a large bag that requires much extra lugging.

The 10 Facts that guide my decision

I heart stairs!

1. I don't need to be a fashion plate. Ideally we travel to observe not to be observed.

2. Especially as a woman who travels solo, plain clothes in plain styles allow me to fly under the radar and not stand out in a crowd. Social deviants and criminals are attracted to 'glitter.'

3. I know the feeling of fumbling with a purse and backpack, trying to pull a large bag along the uneven cobbled streets of Europe.

4. Ditto, I know the feeling of shlepping a heavy suitcase up and down the stairs of subways and guest houses.

5. I understand how quickly passengers must climb unto a waiting train while trying to gracefully bring the heavy suitcase on board as well.

6. For safety sake I want to always have one hand free and be able to move quickly and easily. I learned this when a group of street urchins in Florence surrounded me trying to get at my belongings. I shouted and used that empty hand to swat them away. They quickly disappeared and I didn't lose a thing.

7. I know that as long as you are clean and dressed modestly you can fit in anywhere. You don't need countless changes.

8. If you are on a multi-city itinerary you can rest assured that one city doesn't wire ahead to the next to describe what you wore. You don't need a different outfit for each event you attend.

9. Pack light and you will have room in your suitcase to bring back a few small souvenirs.

10. Pack light and you won't need to spend a fortune on taxis from the airport. You will be able to use public transport. Bonus tip: See

BONUS: Pack carryon luggage and save on baggage fees that will otherwise probably pay for five glasses of red wine in Paris or five cups of coffee elsewhere in the world.


free newsletter | gal-friendly city sites | go-alone travel tips | love stories
travel classifieds | ms. biz | journey doctor | women's travel tales | she goes shopping
what should I wear? | letters to the editor | the older adventuress | travel 101 | girl talk guides
her spa stop | her ecoadventures | best books
travel with kiddies | shopping | cruise holidays | awards and kudos | home|
search engine

Contact Information