So I’m going to New York for a few days after Christmas — suggestions for things to do, places to see, food to eat and so on are more than welcome in the Comments section below. While a part of me wants to bring every pair of shoes I own, every cocktail dress and every shade of lipstick, I’ve resolved to pack it all into one piece of carry-on luggage.
Packing lightly, you see, is a very green thing to do: Every additional 10 pounds per traveler apparently requires an additional 350 million gallons of jet fuel per year (that’s enough to keep a 747 flying continuously for 10 years, just to give some perspective).
Going carry-on does have its problems — there are the liquid restrictions, of course, space restrictions and the annoyance of having to haul the case all around the airport. But it also means not having to wait for the bag at the other end, and there’s some peace of mind in knowing it won’t get lost (unless you happen to be the type who loses everything).
But most importantly, the less I bring with me, the less I’ll end up using and wearing, the less chance something will leak and spill all over my clothes, and the less laundry I’ll have to do when I get home.