This is more a comment than a question. 11 sleeps to go, just finished the first trial pack. 20" suitcase, 20.7 pounds.
ALL of the extra weight, nearly 5 pounds, is due to the branded clothing I have to wear on the group choir tour part of my trip (2 weeks out of 4.) 4 ill-fitting baggy T-shirts, 2 heavy bottoms (thick leggings and golf skort), 2 big shirts promoting Canada as a land of lumberjacks (checked flannel) and cowboys (plaid Western). Not to mention the two big boxes of 40 white Smithbilt cowboy hats I'm assigned to wrangle (yes, we are from Calgary, whatcha gonna do.)
Well, it's different from my independent travel, but it will be fun. I've been anticipating this for a year. I just wish I could magically get the extra clothing to and fro without carrying it around the extra two weeks I'm traveling before and after the tour. I may break down and get out a bigger suitcase and just check it, rather than fighting to get the zippers closed on my favourite little bag with every move for a month. Which undoubtedly means another pound or two will sneak in...after all my efforts to find 4 ounce shoes, solid shampoo, mesh panties...
The one thing I refuse to do is wear that plaid shirt outside of choir tour days. Can't hardly masquerade as a local, temporary or otherwise, with a giant Canada maple leaf logo on the back of your plaid shirt 😜 . But if you happen to be in North Wales on July 6, come see us proudly strut our plaid and cowboy hats in the Llangollen Eisteddfod Parade of Nations.