I seem to have a rather persistent problem when it comes to packing a suitcase and that is I completely overpack. Every single time I just can't help myself and the worst thing of all is that my carry-on luggage could be compared to everything 20 people would need for a 2 week holiday. It is just ridiculous.
However, after hauling my usual 10 tonnes of so-called 'I can't live without' luggage on a 20 hour flight from Brisbane to New York a few days I ago it was quite humorous to read an article by Amanda Fortini in the New York Times this morning in which she proclaims her obsession with the overpack too.
I was comforted by the fact that she too has packing anxiety and as her friend kindly puts it - 'It's like you're traveling by ocean liner. Will you be accompanied by a porter?' I WISH I could be accompanied by a porter. Usually my husband is around and has in the past helped me lug large seashells in my carry-on luggage from Hawaii and cushion covers, mirrors and a painting from LA but this time it is just me and my carry-on and let me tell you it is exhausting running for a connecting flight with 3 heavy bags. I have vowed and declared that on our return flight next week I will only be bringing 1 bag into the cabin with me and the rest will be checked in. It will be interesting to see how I go.