I have been on the road this week. I got to explore New York City for three days while my daughter worked at the New York Times Travel Show. Then, we traveled to Niagara Falls, a bucket list item for her. It has been beautiful but quite cold, as we experienced the edges of the storm that impacted much of the Northeast yesterday. The Falls are beautiful in the ice and snow and, while we were not the only tourists here, we certainly were not fighting crowds! Eleven of us watched the IMAX movie this afternoon, for example.
Traveling carry-on in the winter is a challenge. It is much easier to do carry-on in the summer than in January, when heavy coats, boots, gloves, hats, and sweaters need to be packed. However, with the airlines charging for baggage for each leg of a trip, it becomes costly, especially with a three-legged trip such as ours.
I confess to testing the limits on this but respect the airline rules of putting only my roller bag up above and keeping my smaller bag and my purse under the seat. I strive to honor the intent of their rules while acknowledging that I am still pushing the envelope.
Very full carry-ons have made me realize that I think I require a lot to do my daily life. My toiletries, vitamins, perceived clothing requirements, even when pared down to a bare minimum compared to home, still creates a lot to haul around. I have been mulling over what simplifying my life might look like, on the road as well as at home.
I have far too many clothes, for example. Yet, I continue to acquire more without getting rid of any. When I pack what I think I require to “live” each day, it makes me stop and evaluate those requirements. I did forget a couple of small items and guess what, I have still had a great time! Were they really necessary? Probably not but at one point, I thought they were.
I plan to do a serious clean-out of my closet when I get home. I also plan to look at my skin care and make-up stashes and even more seriously evaluate my food intake as well. In a first world country, it is so easy to mistake a “want” with a need.
It will be good to take home memories of what I have seen and done as well as a renewed realization that all baggage, physical as well as emotional, is tough to lug around through life.