Luggage carts...practical or foolish?

We deliberated over buying luggage carts. Would they simply add additional weight to haul around the world?  Would we be charged extra baggage fees to store them on the plane?  Would they serve as a invaluable resource to make the transportation from location to location more manageable?

After spending several hours researching baggage restriction on flights and after analyzing and weighing our load thus far, we came to the conclusion that we must take the risk and buy the carts.  Restrictions on cruises are only a "per bag" limit weight of 70 pounds to avoid injuries to their handlers. There are no restrictions on the number of bags on cruises.

What if we could place each of our two 50 pound suitcases, our 40 pound carry on bags, our computer gear and my handbag on each of our carts? (No money, passports or important papers will be in my handbag. The allowed space for handbags will be utilized for clothing, shoes, etc.)  Important items will be tucked away in our carry on bags with an exterior zippered pouch for our easy access to our travel documents.  Our wallets will be secured under our clothing. 


We purchased two of these luggage carts each with a
250 pound capacity at Global Industries
The potential total weight for each of our luggage carts is anticipated to be approximately 180 pounds, an amount impossible to wheel and carry at one time without a cart.  Buying a cart with a capacity of 250 pounds would ensure a more stable structure, enabling each of us to be able to wheel our own carts.


Our cart, folded for easy placement under the seat on airplane
Researching airline baggage restriction, we found that most airlines will allow any wheeling or carrying devices aboard as long as it will fit under the seat. After investigating the folded up size of the carts we chose and the size of the space under the seats on most aircraft, we determined that the carts will fit.

The thought of easily wheeling our bags to cruise ships, through airports, on trains, ferries and in and out of our vacation homes, provides a great sense of relief. Recently, some family, friends and followers of this blog have asked why we don't just throw some stuff in a suitcase and take off without all this planning.


In our minds, the answer is clear. Most people, when traveling for a few weeks or months have a home to which they return to at the end of their travels. We won't.  We will continue on. Since we aren't considering this a "vacation" but rather "living" (as Tom describes it), we need to bring things with us that we need, want and use.

Under no circumstances, do we want the burden of finding a mall, a drugstore, or a post office. Neither of us enjoys going to stores although I enjoy grocery shopping which we will obviously need to do wherever we go. Whether an outdoor farmer's market or a tiny little shop on a corner, we will enjoy shopping for local meats and produce.

Neither Tom nor I would enjoy wearing the same items day after day. We tend to wear an item once and then wash it, sloppy that we both are when dining (mostly me)! We make a point of trying to look nice for each other.  
Its a part of the attraction we both feel for each other so many years later; fresh smelling, clean attractive clothes, well groomed, and for me; some makeup, earrings, manicured nails and polished toes (I have always done these myself). 

Currently, through instructions online for how to cut a man's hair, I will strive to cut Tom's hair to his liking. We don't want to have to spend time looking for a barber or Tom feeling frustrated with a peculiar cut. A few nights ago, I suggested that he grow a beard and a wear a ponytail. Here again, he wants to be "himself" and wasn't interested. We'll figure this out together.

None of our quirky traits will change when we're traveling the world or when and if we ever settle down. It is part of who we are individually and, as a couple. For us, it is a part of the magic.  (We accept that we are giving up so much to gain this experience together; seeing our loved ones, drinking coffee, enjoying familiar foods, my kitchen gadgets, watching US TV, reading the newspaper, our home, our friends and neighbors, the 4th of July, having a dog, access to a health club, and on and on.

Thus, this reality adds greatly to the packing. There's "stuff" associated with feeling "put together." We are willing to bear the consequences of our picky choices, by wheeling our carts, paying extra for baggage on the few flights we'll experience and for packing and unpacking the "stuff" each time we reach a destination.

This weekend we'll load up the carts with the two already pack bags, adding several more items to get the feel of wheeling around 180 pounds. If it doesn't feel great, I will up the weights at my workouts and build more muscle. 

After all, we still have three months and six days until we walk out the door!

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