It may or may have been the smartest way to travel, but as I have written in the past my habit for more years than I care to remember was to carry one wheeled 29" suitcase and 70 lbs. (30 kilos) of content for each week of a trip. I usually spend a week in a single city, and those big cases have meant that the people I am with never see me twice in the same clothing.
2010 will be different, or so She Who Decides has said. I will be taking trains from London to Paris to the Pitti Uomo menswear show in Florence and back again in January, and I plan to lug only one 26" rolling trolley with perhaps just 50 lbs. (23 kilos) of life's necessities. So the call and the credit card have gone out to the estimable Ami of On the Fly for one of Mulholland Brothers' 26"Endurance bags in bridle tan and hazel (that is the leather version in the photo but alas, airline baggage handling is incompatible with checked leather).
So how will this new approach pan out? Well, instead of three pairs of dress shoes for the week, I plan to limit myself to two including the pair on my feet. And instead of four suits, I will make do with three. Those two changes by themselves will not get the weight all the way down but a reduction in electronic accessories should take care of the rest. After all, three sets of power plugs for all of the world's electrical systems was overkill even by the standard of one who has found himself with low batteries in some unique places.
There is some danger that the reduction will mean I feel under-dressed compared to the Italians at Pitti. Interested readers will of course be kept informed.