The airline that I am travelling with charges $15 for the first checked bag, EACH WAY! That is ridiculous.
How many clothes do I NEED for one week? If I don't spill anything on myself and refrain from games of tackle football, I could get a way with very few clothes. I can wear the same pair of jeans for a week and I will be wearing them on the plane so they don't even require luggage space. I will carry on my winter coat so that won't count either.
I am allowed one carry on bag and the challenge is to fill it with as many multi-use items as possible. My luggage is a small duffle bag not one of those oversized monster pieces that have to be gate checked or crammed in to the overhead compartment with a crowbar. I will have laundry facilities available too so, really, I only need 4 days worth of shirts, socks and underwear. I'll be wearing a sweatshirt on the plane (layers are good). Shampoo and toothpaste are usually available. Conditioner is not always around. If I choose to bring it I will have to put it in a plastic baggie and take it out for security to look at. That's annoying but I need conditioner and it can double as shave gel. If I am going to have a baggie anyway I might as well bring a mini-toothpaste. And yes, I am one of those people who re-fills their mini-toothpaste tube. It can be done!
What I have so far:
One baggie for liquids
4 pairs of socks and underwear
Small makeup bag, hairbrush, toothbrush
Cell phone and charger
Camera and batteries (Last time I forgot my camera AND socks)
Snacks for plane and a book
I also need one Sunday outfit and shoes. I could cram in a dress, nylons, slip and shoes, or borrow something from my sister or buy an outfit at the thrift store when I am there and re-donate it when I leave. I'll see how much space I actually have left. I just hope I don't forget anything this time.