We never really talked about what we brought on this trip of ours. It's a heavy topic. I stressed for at least 2 months before we left about what to bring. There was so much to think about- different climates, getting sturdy luggage that wasn't too heavy, airline restrictions, camera equipment, having not too much but not too little, etc.
To start out, we bought 4 of these at Ross for around $50 each. We decided spinner wheels would be easier and WE WERE SO RIGHT. They were super lightweight and seemed sturdy enough, so we brought them home. Wherein, we packed them to the gills with our crap.
Quickly we realized that 4 was too many. So one got cut, along with the needless shtuff inside it, like clothes and shoes.
With the three left, I decided that Tyler and I would get one suitcase, the camping gear would get one, and the kids and their homeschool stuff would get one. We test-drove the 3 suitcases and realized that if we put the pull bars of two suitcases together it was really easy for one person to push them with little effort, with carry-ons on top. We always carry on our photo equipment, which is a gigantic pain in my rear.
Now, four months later, one of those bags is completely broken after a few "episodes" in the French Subway system (FRANCE, I'M STILL REALLY MAD AT YOU) but the other two are in pristine condition.
What we realize now: We should have condensed into 2 suitcases.
Of course having only one suitcase would have totally ruled, but camping saves BUCKETLOADS of money and is super fun, so we have to dedicate a whole suitcase to tent, sleeping bags, pads, tiny stove, etc.
Next time we'll do this: We will bring 2-3 outfits each, one suitcase, backpacks for each, and just be kinda stinky. And ditch all homeschooling stuff, because the world is a school (and not just of hard knocks).
There was never a time when we thought, "Oh, I wish I had brought...." Nope. We miss absolutely NO possessions. We don't miss anything but the people we really love.
If it was socially acceptable, I'm at a point in my life where I'd love to dress in one camping-chic outfit all the time, hair in geeky braids, hiking shoes, and throw all the other items in my wardrobe away. I wish I was kidding but I'm not. My friends at home (hi!) are probably dead now from the shock of reading this. What happened to their shopaholic friend?
She's dead to me. She wasted a lot of money that could have been spent on more trips to New Zealand.
Long live the more homeless-looking Wendy!
Tyler had a jaunt with these guys in the middle of Nowhere, Texas. Turns out that the middle of Nowhere is right by Houston.
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