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London, Edinburgh, and Brugge logistics questions

London, Edinburgh, and Brugge logistics questions

Mar 10th, 2019, 03:39 PM
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>>Plus, I like to have a little room to bring home things buy there.<<

That is never a problem really. There are three primary options that work really well.

• As long as you don't unzip/expand the rollaboard on the way over you can expand it for your flight home. That gives you almost 20% more space to fill up with treasures. If you do that it no longer fits as a carry on so you'd have to check it -- but going home that's no problem. If your bag is delayed a day or two, you are at home so no biggie.

• Or you can buy a cheap duffle bag in your last city, fill it with clothes and put all your purchases in your carry on. You'd have to check the duffle.

• Or - and typically my favorite - if you are buying anything bulky or valuable, have the merchants ship them home for you. The VAT comes off the top and usually pays for all or most of the shipping costs and you don't have to schlepp it from city to city.

. . . OR buy really really teensy souvenirs . . .
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Mar 10th, 2019, 03:42 PM
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It took me years to downsize my luggage. I finally had to since I was finding it too much to constantly lift onto trains, manage stairs etc. It was one of the smartest things I’ve done. Janisj’s suggestions are spot on. I can actually fit 5/6 pairs of pants in my 22” Not heavy jeans but sensible travel type pants along with several sweaters and at least a half dozen ( usually manage 8/9 ) long sleeved cotton shirts with some room left over for shoes toiletries and makeup bag. No one really cares how you dress or what you’re wearing and believe me won’t notice if you wear the same thing several times. Take a nylon bag/ pack or something that you can roll up in a small pouch for purchases. Eddie Bauer makes several but you can easily find many options online.

If I was able to go from a 26/28 “ expandable ( it was usually expanded when starting trip ) along with a medium to large duffle bag to a 22” then anyone can. Get a 22” bag, It’ll be the best travel investment you make. Lay out the clothes janisj suggested and pack only those items. Don’t be tempted to pack anymore items. You won’t need them. Personally I can’t imagine schlepping a 26” bag around Edinburgh or on a Rabbies tour or managing trains in Belgium.
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Mar 10th, 2019, 03:50 PM
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I got 2 djellabas, 4 pairs of shoes (including a pair of boots - the photos are on the WFD thread), countless jewelry (like, really, too much), a small leather lavender purse, another small over-the shoulder purse, two scarves, two pairs of crinkly cotton Morroccan pants, socks, underwear, a swimsuit, two linen shirts, and God knows how much wonderful stuff from the pharmacy - all of which fit in my tiny rollaboard bag. We also had a whole lot of tiny stuff like small flashlights and cherry stone scoopers and Marroccan CDs and gorgeous Tuareg wall hangings.

I know we all travel differently, but I cannot begin to imagine working with a 26" suitcase unless I was gone for 3 months or didn't have porters or needed to buy really bulky stuff. Maybe I'm just old and sick enough to have learned to cram a WHOLE lot of stuff into a suitcase on the way home from somewhere. I cannot either imagine trying to zoom around Europe on trains with a suitcase that big. It's not as though there are porters eagerly waiting to help you out
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Mar 10th, 2019, 03:53 PM
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Like the old adage: Lay out all the stuff you want to take - essentials to you - and then leave 50% of them home.

. . OR buy really really teensy souvenirs . . . the last few years I only collected beer coasters!
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Mar 10th, 2019, 10:37 PM
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Canon, you know that there are direct flights between Edinburgh and Brussels? Probably too late, since you have your ticket already. There's also Ryanair to Charleroi, but that airport is a bit difficult to get to.
Always use the official site for train times, and for Belgium, check to see that there are no strikes.
For the way back you have your 'any belgian station' ticket. From the airport to Brugge just book a ticket online; these are valid for any train that day. There are no seat reservations.
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Mar 15th, 2019, 04:18 PM
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Trains in Belgium are quite frequently late. We had such problem last year. I recommend trains 1h and 30min in advance.
Take the train from Brussel to Brugge is excellent idea. I did it.
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Mar 17th, 2019, 01:59 PM
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Janis and others gave you done good pointers, but packing is a visual thing. Go look at some videos on Youtube.
There are bags that fold up insanely small that you can take for the flight home for those souvenirs. I would recommend checking your clothes and carrying on any breakable souvenirs.

I have an earlier version of this Baggalini. One of the best gifts I ever got. Sometimes I bring it and find out that I didn't need it. Peace of mind, though, because hunting down a duffel bag while on vacation doesn't sound fun. If you don't like the Baggalini, go on Amazon and enter "bag that folds up" or similar and get many options.
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