Last summer, Marcia Glassman-Jaffe of Beverly became a true believer in the “less is more” theory of packing. A former travel agent and otherwise savvy traveler, Glassman-Jaffe went on a cruise in August with a big, bulky bag. “I was flying internationally, so there was no bag-check fee, and the trip required dressy clothes,” she said. After first worrying that the bag was overweight (it wasn’t), “checking it didn’t seem like a big deal.”
The airline didn’t lose her bag, but she almost wished it had, after lugging the behemoth in and out of taxis, on and off baggage carousels, and up and down the ramp of the ship. “And I didn’t even wear half of what I brought,” she said.