That is all fine and good. But then I noticed that one of the airlines charges $15 one-way for one checked bag. That is $60 for Sophie and I to check our bags. Now, we could take just one larger suitcase, or we could just pay for two. Sixty bucks won't break the bank. It's the principle of the matter that bugs me. I'm getting old and I remember when you could check two bags and take two carry-ons. Times are getting tough for everyone, but I find this new rule irritating. Back in the day the overhead bins were overflowing even when you could check bags for free. Now people are incentivized to bring carry-ons.
So, incentivize away. I very well may just bring one carry-on plus one personal item for each of us. I pulled out my Wardrobe Magic book by Diana Pemberton-Sikes. I bought it back when Sophie was a baby because I wanted to educate myself on how to disguise my post-baby problem areas. But, the book has all kinds of helpful info, including a section on wardrobe capsules that is helpful when you want t0 pack light. The theory is that, rather than packing outfits, you pack just a few pieces that all work together. I was able to fit two wardrobe capsules, accessories, workout clothes, and pajamas (minus one outfit to travel in) in one carry-on suitcase. That leaves a big old camera bag (will probably go ahead and purchase the pocket camera we've been talking about) and my toiletries. Sophie's suitcase is a little bigger than mine so I can probably throw my toiletries in with her stuff. We'll put snacks and activities in our personal bags that we're allowed.
My wardrobe capsules are made up of the following:
1. Black pencil skirt
2. Twilight blue peasant top
3. Black cardigan with tie waist
4. Multi-color floral dress
5. Low-rise straight jeans
6. White long-sleeve tee
7. Skinny grey cords
8. Pink tank
9. Purple cardigan
1. Denim skirt
2. Black turtleneck sweater
3. Black velvet jacket
4. Short polka dot dress
5. Flare jeans
6. Black long sleeve tee
7. Skinny grey cords
8. Twilight blue short sleeve top
9. White lace top with white cami
Black and nude stilettos
Black patent ankle boots
Black patent ballet flats
Blue rain coat (Will wear on plane)
Winter hat & gloves
Skinny black belt
Wide black belt
Black patent purse
Hoodie, tank, yoga pants
Then, just combine using the numbered items above to make outfits. For example:
3+2+1 = Black cardigan + Blue peasant top + Black pencil skirt or Black velvet jacket + Black turtleneck + Denim skirt
Then you can move on to 2+1, 3+2+5, 2+5, 3+4+5, etc.
Without even mixing between wardrobe capsules, which is entirely possible, I have over 70 combinations I can make. More than enough for 2 weeks. I could have probably gotten by with one wardrobe capsule.
Who knew all of that could fit into one carry-on. Of course, I'm 5'3", a size 2 or 4, and size 6 shoe. I think my husband's carry-on would be completely filled with size 12 shoes. In any case, now that I know it can be done, I have to decide if I want to do it. It doesn't sound like much fun to schlep around a 4-year-old, two carry-ons, two personal items, and a booster seat around Dulles which is where our 3-hour layover is. If we need to go potty or get a drink or wander around we have to take all of that with us. It's probably worth $30 or $60 to avoid all of the trouble. But, they offered the incentive. I might just make it happen just so I can be smug.