There Is No Such Thing As Overpacking

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When we pack for a vacation, we usually spend most of our time cutting back on the extra clothes we want to bring. Because we hate being that girl with two bags for just a three-day trip. But Hadley Freeman frees us of this notion today! Contrary to what our mother and every boyfriend led us to believe, there is nothing wrong with packing so much that you have to pay the overweight fee. One man writes in to ask, "My girlfriend always exceeds the airline luggage weight limit when we go abroad. Surely this is unacceptable?" Hadley's response makes sure he'll never make his girlfriend feel like that girl again:

Don't be ridiculous, of course it isn't. Leaving aside the obviously more pressing criticism that neither of you should be flying anyway because you are destroying the planet with your great, galumphing carbon footprints, the fact that you even ask this question reflects, I have to say, poorly on yourself.


…few qualities are as mistakenly overrated as being an efficient packer. A good packer? Frankly, I'd rather have good hair.

For a start, being able to survive for two weeks with nothing but a pair of trousers, two tops, one dress, a pair of flip-flops, a receptacle to purify your urine and a spool of twine (or whatever) all squashed into a handbag is nothing to boast about. It's not that there is anything wrong with not owning many clothes. But to pretend that you don't — well, there is something a little bit patronising about the whole pose, don't you think?

Yes, we sure do! We look forward to cutting our packing time in half this year.

Hairline harrassment [Guardian]