|Packing light shall set you free.|
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Regretfully Trading Away "That Sweet Mobility"
Just wanted to tell you how seriously I will take your recent column in the St. Louis Post Dispatch about packing light. I've just returned from 10 days in England, and although I am a seasoned traveler — and travel writer — I let my vanity get the better of me by packing stylish outfits I thought I'd need since I was going on a 'girls trip' with my cousin and daughter. Unfortunately nothing worked out as planned, and I was left lugging a 50-lb. suitcase from London to Bristol to Bath back to London on my own — and, as you noted in your article, living in only one of the 4 pairs of shoes I packed: the sneakers on my feet!
Anyway, I guess the lesson here is to focus on that sweet mobility and freedom you mentioned, which would have assuaged some of my misery during this trip. I enjoy all your advice. Sincerely,
— Dorothy in St. Louis, MO
[Ed. note: If you need yet another reason to pack light, The Los Angeles Times reports that checked luggage fees on flights to Europe have nowhere to go but up.]
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