Heading to Italy in July with my family of five. Transportation will be several train rides, regional and high-speed, and a rental car for a couple of days. Plus several hotel changes. Will be in Cinque Terre, Venice, Rome, Florence and Siena.
I am that person who used to always take far too much. A dear friend said she's seen me pack like a princess going on the Titanic. So I've been practicing on paring down, reading articles, color coordinating things, getting airbnb's with washers in two locations, and getting things that don't wrinkle in preparation for my trip.
That said, how much luggage is too much to easily maneuver on trains and planes and automobiles? We have plenty of carry-on sized hard-sided suitcases but my friends who travel abroad frequently say to skip those, to stick to soft-sided duffels. So I've purchased one 28" and one 32" rolling duffel. We will check both of these bags. Teenage son can carry the 28" and husband can carry the 32". They have wheels, but obviously rolling a bag over cobblestones in Venice isn't an ideal situation, so we want to keep them light enough to carry.
My plan is to give 1 large and 1 small packing cube to each kid and tell them whatever they can get in those, they get to take. And same goes for my husband and myself. We'd like to leave the bags 1/3 empty so that we have room for purchases while in Italy. I'll also allow each person to take a backpack on the plane to carry a change of clothing and snacks and anything else they need to have handy on the long trip.
Does that sound reasonable?