After all, if all we bring is one carry-on bag, where are we supposed to put all those souvenirs we buy?
That’s easy….don’t buy them. Do you really need something that collects dust to remind you of your travels?
Of course you do. Who am I kidding? When I first started leading tours, I thought everyone was like me–interested in seeing the sights but not so interested in shopping. So, I left no time for shopping.
I was nearly lynched.
People LOVE to shop.
At the end of each tour, we’d hold a contest to see who could guess, to the closest mile, how many we traveled. The prize was always some tacky kitchen magnet I picked up along the way. I thought it was tacky but my passengers loved them.
Is it possible, then, to be a onebagger and still shop? Of course. There are two easy ways to accomplish this.
The first, is to bring along a packable bag. Something like the Eagle Creek 2-in-1 backpack/duffel or the Eagle Creek Packable Duffel if you want a more basic, less expensive option. (I did a review of the 2-in-1 duffel last fall. ) The theory is you keep the packable bag folded up in its pouch until needed. Then, when you fill it up, your original carry-on gets checked for the flight home, and your packable bag, full of souvenirs, goes on the plane with you.
The second option, and the one I prefer, is to just ship things home. Sure, it can get expensive especially if shipping overseas. However, if you’re on a multi-stop trip, do you really want to carry your purchases with you the entire time?
I’ll admit, while I am not a shopper, I do buy postcards. I don’t send them home but keep them as a reminder of where I’ve been.
As many of you realize, I’m not a good photographer. Instead, I’ll buy a local picture postcard where I am and write on the back a short synopsis of what was going on or what I was experiencing.
They take up very little room and help to bring back the memories I want to cherish.
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