Perhaps it was all wishful thinking. My snow tires on in the shed. I have my appointment set to put them on - November 1st. No snow before then, thank you.
I am never too hasty to get on my snow tires. I certainly would if I was taking a road trip but now I can have the indulgence of "winter denial."
It is probably that state that piqued my interest in the latest BootsnAll 2012 Indie Travel Challenge prompt for week #39 on Travel Packing. Not even snow on the ground and I am thinking about getting out of here. I will settle down but it is always a bit of a shock.
Over the years I have changed by packing style. It had to happen. Pulling a huge suitcase that flopped on its side on a cobblestone street and then lugging it up 2 flights of stairs was enough to send me out to the luggage department. Large luggage was out - I learned it was easy to exceed the weight limit.
Finding the right combination of luggage was a trial. Layovers meant walking around airports. I grew weary of heaving a heavy computer (even Macs can be substantial) bag over my shoulder. A carry on with wheels solved that issue. Because I also travel on Jazz Air Canada regional flights, the wheeled luggage doesn't easily fit under the seat. I bought a computer case that I carry on the plane when the bag is Sky Checked.
I usually travel at Christmas. Bright wrapped packages sit alongside socks and t-shirts. Though I now have a new appreciation for carry-on luggage, clothes and gifts need more room. I bought a medium size suitcase from Winners. A couple years later, after seeing a broken wheel assembly on my suitcase in the luggage carousel, I was convinced that I am a frequent-enough flyer. I chose Travelpro. "The choice of flight crews and frequent flyers." I found a half-price sale at The Bay.
My present amount of luggage is 3. Usually 2 of 3 travel with me depending on where I am going.
When I went to Mexico in 2007, I packed all my luggage in carry on - 3 ounce bottles and all. I brought a collapsible duffel bag in case I found a treasure that had to come home with me, but I didn't use it. Buying silver for gifts reduces the need for space.
No Baggage Challenge intrigued me when I first saw it in 2010. Travel writer Rolf Potts has figured it all out. Clearly, he sees no necessity for a flat iron.