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Day 82: On a Train with Luggage

Day 82: On a Train with Luggage

I’m a backpack sort of girl, so much so that I can’t even remember the last time I used “real” luggage for a trip. Sometimes, I look at little rolling suitcases and laugh. “Ha! What a nightmare that must be to get through the streets, along sidewalks, over bumps and humps and gaps.” Other times, I’m at a loss when I want nothing more than to get my heavy bag off my back and kick it to where I need to take it next. Why isn’t there an app for that already?!

I decided to go against my normal travel mode on my train trip to Perth and take a classier approach with some luggage that has wheels. It’s cabin baggage size, so I’ll hopefully have no issues once I have to board that flight back to Sydney next week, but it was feeling extra heavy pulling it down the road today. I literally had to pull it on the road, though, because of some sidewalk construction on my walk to the local train station, so it was at that moment that I was cursing my decision to not have a backpack.

Besides that issue, I’m glad I have some luggage this time around. I think it looks nice, if that makes sense? I’m on this awesome train trip that takes me across the country of Australia in 3 nights, and I think a little class is in order. Oh yeah, I’ll be in the bar carriage soon sipping on red wine as we get further towards the outback.

But before I get too carried away, let’s talk about what went in my suitcase. I mean, really, how do you pack for a 3 night trip on a train? I’ll be working, writing, photo-ing and maybe spending a lot of quality time with myself, so I had to pack stuff that would allow for all of this to go down without going nuts.

suitcase open

suitcase shut

It feels like I over-packed.

Let’s start with items to keep me busy:
My phone + charger.
My DSLR + charger.
Pat’s pocket camera + charger.
My laptop + charger.
A book.
A guidebook.
A notebook.

Items to keep me nourished:
Water.
Coffee & beverage flavor packs.
Fruit + nut mix.
Granola bars.
Breakfast bars.
Chocolate.
A few plastic cups + cutlery + paper plates.

Items to keep me comfy:
Sweater.
Clothes for all seasons (the train is cool, outside is hot).
Walking shoes.
Shower flip-flops.
Slip-on shoes.
Clothes.

There are so many other things I could have brought with me for this trip, but decided not to because I just can’t handle carrying too many things with me. This actually feels like quite a bit this time around, but that might have something to do with the extra bag of food I brought.

Ok, must go now and enjoy my awesome train ride!

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9 Responses to Day 82: On a Train with Luggage

  1. TravelMaus March 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Sounds like an awesome trip, Brooke! Enjoy. Can’t wait for the pix !! I’m also envious of any girl that can pack so little for any trip ;o)

  2. Amy March 23, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    I can’t wait to read about your train trek (and of course see pictures!). I looked into that trek while planning our trip, but couldn’t make it work. Maybe I’ll just have to come back again in a few years and try to fit it in. 😉

  3. Luna March 24, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    Yes, I can’t wait for pictures! I can’t imagine being used to backpacking and then packing a while suitcase for just three days! But at least you have a cute suitcase 🙂

  4. Annie March 24, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    woohoo so excited for you! Can’t wait to hear all about it! Have a nice ride!

  5. Jilianne @ Cotswold Cottages March 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Hi Brooke, looking as gorgeous as ever in the pic 🙂 I can’t believe you manage to fit all those things in that luggage! Are you headed to Australia?

  6. Twentynine Palms Hotels March 26, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I also like backpacks and I really hate to carry luggage with me on a trip. And I admire you for taking a change with grace. I would like to see your pictures about the trip.

  7. puertoricoistheplace March 27, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    Sounds like a great trip, especially traveling by train! Have a good one!

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