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Travel Tip 3: For the Pack Rats, trust your survival skills

Today is my last day at home for two months and I have just finished packing my small suitcase.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Here are the stats:

  1. This trip involves covering 10 countries and thousands of miles at an “Amazing Race” pace, working with diverse cultures.

  2. The itinerary looks like someone played drunk-darts on a map, sending me to the desert, European cities in winter, a tropical jungle, and beaches.

  3. Because of the business I work in, I will stay in beautiful places and cannot look like a slob.

  4. Due to a medical condition half of my suitcase is dedicated to a piece of equipment that I must bring everywhere.

So why only one small suitcase?

From experience I have learned that the more I bring, the more I can lose.  More important, the more I bring the more I schlep – not a pleasant prospect when running through an airport with a 30 minute connection.  As a public speaker I notice that when working in upscale cities (like Paris and Milan) people give me the “eye check” (a nano-second up and down look to see what I am wearing).  They judge my credibility on how well put together I am before saying a word.

The hidden reasons why I like to travel light is summed up in one word: liberating.  It is comforting to carry all my belongings with me for a couple of months.  Traveling this way forces me to evaluate my views on materialism.  Choosing clothes and accessories carefully means that a decision must be made on each item’s importance.  Unpacking takes 10 minutes, re-packing takes 15 minutes, and there is that moment when I look around the hotel room and know that everything I need is in my hand.  As I travel, toiletries are used up and worn out things are thrown away.  I trust in my ability to take care of myself no matter where I am, secure in the fact that I will return with less material goods, but with rich memories to last a lifetime.  What could be better?

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