Have bags will travel sounds like a mantra for all of us who cringe every time we see a ‘How to Pack Light’ video or article.
Being completely incapable of travelling light myself, the title and colourful cover page of this book got my attention immediately, I couldn’t wait to hear the author reaffirm that I was not alone in this!!
Traits of a so-called over packer
I often find myself looking at other people’s suitcases, wondering how on earth they could have packed anything useful in them because they look so small.
I’ve been asked in the past if I was going away for a week (judging by my suitcase), when in fact I was just going away for a long weekend.
If you are a ‘so called’ over packer, you will certainly take comfort in the authors memoirs and packing challenges.
Honestly, this might have been one of the shortest books I’ve read in a while, with some of the chapters being only two pages long, in fact I was really disappointed when I saw how thin it was, but as they say – size isn’t everything, and it was way better than I expected.
This shopaholic author chats away about her travel traumas, random experiences and funny thoughts; it’s as though she’s sitting with you in your living room having cosy natter.
I found myself nodding along to much of what she shared about her travel experiences, though I think she sounds a lot worse than me when it comes to shopping and excess luggage.
Thankfully I haven’t been ruthlessly interrogated by customs or witnessed my suitcase coming round the baggage carousel broken and wide open “like an open sandwich”, what a nightmare!!
Turning into a contortionist when using plane toilets – oh yes, every time, and also when I’m trying to turn around in the plane aisle without knocking a few people out in the process!
The joys of travel!!!
‘Have Bags, Will Travel’ is a quick, easy and fun read that’s sure to put a smile on your face!
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Thank you so much for reading and sharing. 🙂
You’re very welcome, it’s a fabulous little book, I loved it 😊
Thank you. And so odd I only just came across it. 🙂
For some reason, my luggage has a habit of wanting to go on its own travels, on one occasion I was sitting on the plane with my husband getting ready to take off, when he said “your case has just fell off the van/cart thing onto the tarmac and I don’t think they’ve noticed it” or something along those lines, i thought he was winding me up until I saw my yellow case just sitting on the tarmac, the baggage crew did not spot it, and as we took off I just had to wave goodbye to my luggage! I did get reunited with it, but not for about another 12 hours after we arrived!
Omg – that’s a holiday horror story!! You should have filmed it and sent them the footage – demanding compensation lol 😬
A Book I wouldlike too read.
When I traveled to NZ years ago I stuffed all my underwear into my hiking boots big mistake!!! In NZ they want to check all your hiking gear to stop diseases coming in to the country. Hmmm I was very embarrassed when the security officer tipped the boots upside down to check the soles and all my knickers started falling out onto the floor!!
That’s hilarious and probably a bit embarrassing for the security officer too, lol 🔆😆
OOps sorry, pressed enter before I told you about my luggage problem. I used to work on cruise ships as part of a duo, and we had 13 pieces of luggage with us. It was far easier to count the pieces rather than check if we had the “bass guitar”, “trumpet” etc. That was a work of art making sure we got to our destination with all the luggage with us.
Yes, just the book I would love to read
Great competition. I hate it when you have your suitcase searched at the airport and all your underwear is thrown out for everyone to see!
Nightmare bleeping going through the security checks – I had hand luggage – the man searching my case took care taking put each item and holding my knickers and bras t9 the light ( probably checking for contraband ! ) he soon stopped and put everything back when he discovered some sex toys ! Guess he didn’t have a play mate @
My luggage story happened when I was 19 and went on my first holiday to Spain with my 2 friends. Waiting at the airport to pick our suitcases up off the carousel. Well of course theirs were the first out. Slowly people moved away from the carousel as they picked up their cases. Getting a bit worried now thinking my luggage was lost then finally mine came on it’s lonesome with of all things a pair of lacy knickers on top which weren’t mine. Glad no one saw. @Welsh34 on Twitter.
Lol, that’s hilarious – good job most people had gone 😊
My story is similar to Theresa’s. I was subject to luggage 🧳 inspection and my furry handcuffs were dangled when extracted from between my clothes. I blame my niece who swore by them.
Pink furry handcuffs 😜I bet there were quite a few smiles coming your way Glenda!!! Brilliant!
Yes, had to open up my hand carry at the airport packed with all my lacy knickers and sexy lingerie for everyone to see! So horrified!
Ha ha…..wonder what everyone was thinking lol 😊probably admiring your good taste!!
fingers crossed looks fab x
This does look like a great read and probably an easy read. My only odd packing experience was when I moved to college. I packed about a week’s worth of clothes because I had mailed all the rest of my clothes through the US postal service. I was young and naive and made the dumb assumption that anything I packed in my checked luggage would arrive in one piece. I didn’t have that much experience traveling at that point. So, I packed a bottle of laundry detergent. I didn’t wrap it or take any precautions to tape or seal it more tightly because what was the worse that could happen? Needless to say my 1st check bag came off the carousel without a hitch. I watched in horror and dismay as my 2nd luggage creaked it’s way around the carousel leaving a trail of blue laundry detergent in it’s wake. The baggage attendant quickly retrieved the bag from the carousel and dragged it over to the bag redemption office. I actually waited until everyone left the carousel so no one would see me make the walk of shame to the redemption office. The baggage attendant could only smile and reassure me that everything was fine but needless to say I left with my belongings in a large black trash bag and at least they were clean and smelled like morning rain.
Lol, that’s a great one, and yes, at least yours would have been the freshest smelling luggage in the entire airport 😆I once had leaky nail varnish remover and I think the scent may have peen picked up by dogs – needless to say, I had to open my suitcase to be searched – thankfully I’d packed everything neatly so it wasn’t too embarrassing – we live and learn 😊
Interesting book title to speak about luggage, Cherryl. Thank you