I don’t know, can I travel from Australia to England for a month with only carry-on?
My daughters laugh out loud, my family look at me askance, my friends try to hide their smirks and my husband tells me to think ‘seriously’ about what I’m proposing (in his teacher voice no less).
Little do they know that their reactions, instead of putting me off the ‘challenge’ I’ve been pondering, actually spur me on and I become determined to at least give it a try.
Yes I know that carry-on luggage is only 7kgs, I know I’m limited with the liquids I can carry and I know it’s not an easy thing to do. I will not be spoilt for choice in my clothing options while away from home, but I really don’t mind. In fact I’m keen to have limited choices of clothing, it makes life easier sometimes.
Usually this is my suitcase plus a carry-on bag with essentials for the flight. Before I bought this orange suitcase, I travelled with a backpack weighing approx. 15kgs but about 10 years ago when I was travelling solo from Australia to UK I decided to move to a bag with wheels, due to some drama! You can read about some of the drama here – Kindness to a stranger on Mother’s Day
Have you ever been the last one standing at the luggage carousel hoping that your bag is just delayed and then finally giving up to go looking for the relevant office to give the details of your bag so it can be sent onto you in a few day’s time? I’ve been that person and it’s not much fun!
Lately I’ve heard horror stories of bags going missing, as airlines aren’t coping too well with the increase in travel. I’m quite keen to try something different.
Our Travel Plans
We leave in a few week’s time, driving three hours from home to Canberra, bus to Sydney, then fly from Sydney to Heathrow (London) via Singapore, for a total of four weeks. Unlike previous trips to England we are only visiting our daughter and her family, for little Dottie’s 3rd birthday, staying in a cottage in the village and not going anywhere else apart from locally. We aren’t hiring a car (at this stage), we will use our daughter’s bike or maybe hire ebikes for longer rides and everything we need is within walking distance. Going out will involve visiting friends or going to the pub.
Lists, lists and more lists
So far I’ve made some notes and they look like this:
- buy shampoo and toiletries when I arrive
- wash every few days
- mix and match outfits
- it’s late summer there (so warmer than being at home where it’s still winter)
- borrow things from Melanie – eg. coat/jumpers if needed
- shoes? wear white sneakers on plane and take pair of sandals (maybe thongs)
- exercise gear
- makeup – don’t need much
- chargers – iPhone, iPad, computer
- headphones, eye mask
- nothing that needs excessive ironing
I’ve made a clothing list as I’ve read in other posts, and I’ve chosen a colour theme but some suggest choosing a neutral colour – NOPE not me! I have a range of colours and outfits that will all go with each other. I’ve thought about the weather and think I have most contingencies covered and if not I can borrow from my daughter! Last time I was with her I bought some wellington boots and left them there so I know I have an extra pair of ‘shoes’ if required.
- light wrap-skirts x 2
- shorts x 1
- jeans x 1
- sloppy joe (jumper) x 1
- underwear and socks x 4
- cycling pants
- wind jacket (very light)
- tshirts x 3
- leggings x 1
- dress (wear on plane with denim jacket and scarf)
- wear sneakers on the plane and take a pair or orange sandals
I’m also known as a savvy shopper (my words) whenever I travel and I will need to buy gifts for my grandchildren back in Aus, so I may think about posting things home or checking my bag in on the final leg. The challenge would have been completed by then. The Mathematician has already said I can’t put anything in his bags if I go ahead with this hair-brained scheme – tell me what you really think!
My Canadian friends Sue and Dave at Travel Tales of Life, have posted here about travelling for a month only with carry-on and I remember thinking as I read their post years ago, I couldn’t do that!
But what if I can?
What do you think? Can I do it? Is it worth trying?
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve managed to do something like this.
Not long until we leave now!
Note: My update post is here – see how I am going with my challenge!!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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