According to our research, it looks like United Airlines allows us each to check only one (1) suitcase free of charge on our flight from Orlando to Mumbai. Since there is a hefty charge for additional baggage, we will be sticking it to the man and fitting our entire lives into two bags weighing 50lbs and measuring 62.0-linear-inches. What?
Mostly I enjoy playing this game. How much stuff do we really need to bring, anyway? I usually just take a carry-on suitcase when traveling in the U.S. I am kind of a lazy traveler.
I have one tiny obsessive side that does not enjoy playing this game. (My “essential” books alone weigh at least 15lbs!) I can hear my sister saying “you’re a nerd!” but I can’t help it.
Now we are in the process of evaluating needs vs. wants. Luckily, I can’t think of very many needs. One of my well-traveled friends advised me to bring jeans and shoes to last a year, since I won’t be able to find my size in India (sad truth). Other than those and a few cosmetics (which are not technically “needs,” but whatever) I can purchase things there as needed.
Selling our things has been a freeing experience for us so far. We have gotten rid of a lot, and I haven’t really missed any of it! I’m kind of excited I’ll only have to keep track of one bag of stuff. Freedom!
I read a verse this week that encouraged me in this:
1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.