i love traveling light. normally, if i'm traveling even for a week, all i need is either a large hand-bag or a haversack-sized carry-on bag. that's mainly coz my clothes don't take up too much space. they're usually anti-crease, so i can stuff them! it's d shampoo/conditioner bottles, d body-wash, photo id's & the footwear which takes up space. which reminds me... i HAVE to go & check out the camileon heels. they're adjustable heels. so u can wear one pair of shoes as almost-flats & then attach the heel & there u are! all set to party in ur stilletoes! so u can save considerable space in ur luggage. but i'm digressing...
i don't know when d fascination for traveling light started. but over a period of time, i've figured out why.
for starters, i'm terrified... no PARANOID about airlines losing my luggage! i know there is no basis for this. but heyy, it's paranoia! u can't expect it to be logical, can ya?! i just think that every time i check in my luggage, the airline person looks at me with a gleam in their eyes... with the kind of look that says "there go ur beloved possessions! didn't u learn not to be so possessive of material comforts!?" of course, that is SO not true. but i still think so! and i look positively like an apprehensive kitten while waiting for my luggage at the conveyor belt. more so, if it's taking forever to come!
which brings me to d other aspect. when the bags start rolling out on the conveyor belt, i'm petrified that i won't be able to identify my bag! and i'd let it pass around. and that d airline would then refuse to return my bag to me coz it was unclaimed. and i'd be stuck with no bag. all coz i was stupid! i thought this happened only to me. but last time at the NY airport, i noticed THREE other people. all looking equally worried. and checking tags on every other bag that passed them by. i presumed it was coz they cudn't identify their bags either! of course, i've quickly solved this issue by buying bright orange bags! i haven't seen too many other orange bags, so mine are easy to spot!
also, i don't like to wait. all sorts of things prop up in my head while i'm waiting for my bags to arrive! and it brings out the bitch in me. which, is not nice. at all. all these factors put together means that i simply ensure that i travel really light! after all... if u're scared enuf of something, u'll do everything u can to avoid it. and i do.