It doesn’t matter how small or smart you pack, if your travel partner hasn’t tamed their packing style, you will still feel the effects of poorly packed luggage.
At least that’s what one HPL reader discovered.
On a trip with her sister, she said there were countless times where the overpacked nature of the sister’s luggage got in the way, or held them back in some manner.
From the extra time it took to pack up the “amazing exploding super heavy rolly suitcase/backpack” each morning to the inability to get from point A to B without extra care, it no longer mattered that our reader had brought but a compact 30L backpack.
I thought this topic was really interesting so I wanted to share it with you all today, because it’s true. You can pack with all the best tips in the world, but if your travel partner has brought 2 giant suitcases, then you still might:
- have to wait longer to get out of the hotel in the morning,
- spend more money on taxis and transport when you would rather walk,
- find alternate routes that involve elevators and escalators instead of stairs,
- wait at baggage claims even when you already have all your luggage,
- walk much, much slower.
And that kind of defeats the purpose.
Check With Your Travel Partner
Before heading off on your next adventure with your best friend, or sister, or mother or brother, it might be a good idea to learn more about their travel style (yes, including packing style)… because that can often dictate the amount of freedom (or lack thereof) you may have. Backpack or suitcase? Carry-on only or multiple bags?
Get On the Same Page
If you’re a light packer but are worried about a travel partner, there are a number of things you can do to help get them on the same page:
- Introduce them to Her Packing List
- Create your packing lists together, and then compare and explain the reasoning behind each item
- Talk about the consequences of not packing in a similar fashion
- Entice lighter packing with the excuse of shopping!
- Share travel clothes and other items to minimize bulk
- Do a packing trial run – you may be able to lead the packing change by example
It won’t be easy. But just like it’s important to get on the same page with your travel friends about how much, how fast, and where you want to travel, it’s just as important to talk about packing.
Think of it this way: Your luggage is an extra responsibility when you travel. It’s a weight that is wrapped around your ankle, slowing you down, both physically and mentally. Whether it’s you or your travel partner that’s wearing it, it will affect you both.
Unless you get on the same page.
Do you have a story similar to share? Have any tips for getting your travel partner on the same packing page?