Strong case for load shed­ding

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - LETTERS - Cliff Buch­ler

If only suit­cases weren’t part of glo­be­trot­ters’ itin­er­ary. De­spite wheels and other clever gad­getry, they re­main cum­ber­some, caus­ing back spasms and leg pains.

Then there’s the men­tal ef­fect, of­ten spoil­ing an oth­er­wise good hol­i­day.

It starts at the air­port weighin. Over­weight and ex­tra cost? Re­move some of the items and squash them into over­head bags al­ready over­flow­ing? An undig­ni­fied ex­er­cise wit­nessed by irate fel­low pas­sen­gers held up in long queues.

Then there’s the walk on un­even cob­bled streets from ho­tels to ter­mi­nals. Board­ing trains or buses jostling with thou­sands of oth­ers dur­ing peak times in a for­eign coun­try is enough of a night­mare with­out still hav­ing to cope with the ex­tra fur­ni­ture.

In the scrum they are sep­a­rated, each get­ting wedged be­tween the legs of a fel­low pas­sen­ger. Alight­ing at your stop poses sim­i­lar chal­lenges.

By the time you’ve reached the ho­tel room, you’re so knack­ered, you swap the night city ex­cur­sion for a hot shower and early bed. To­tal waste of time cost­ing plenty bucks.

Wish we could go the way of an ex­pat friend in Aussie. All he packs when go­ing on a long trip are his re­ju­ve­na­tion pills, spare false teeth, hair re­storer, neck pain re­lax­ant, mag­ni­fy­ing glass, corn plas­ter, liver spot re­mover and eye­brow clippers. For good mea­sure, he in­cludes sun­screen and strong perv­ing binocs.

What about cloth­ing? Barest min­i­mum in an over­head bag (no wait­ing at de­layed carousels) with a list of wishy washies at each port of call.

Read some­where there’s a woman spe­cial­is­ing in bag pack­ing. She’s able to pack one suit­case for two peo­ple with all the es­sen­tials needed for a two-week trip any­where in the world.

Ap­par­ently she folds each item in the form of a boere­wors and by plac­ing them side by side she’s able to fit in shorts, longs, undies, dress suits, shoes, blouses, swim­ming cos­tumes, jer­seys, fleeced line jack­ets, rain­coats, etc.

And, what’s more, de­pend­ing on the num­ber of items, she’s able to do the same in an overnight bag.

Think of it. Board­ing and ex­it­ing a plane with a sin­gle bag.

I must re­mem­ber to Google this fru­gal fe­line.

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