Next year is going to be the time for me to test drive some European cities as I inch closer towards deciding to make a move and make the permanent long haul to Europe. Starting in later summer/early fall, I plan on doing a month in Switzerland, one in Belgium, one in the Netherlands, one in Denmark, then one in England, getting me back to the states around holiday time to then stew on what happens next. Before I ask my luggage question - yes - I am aware of the Schengen areas, but I am a dual citizen of both Switzerland and U.S.
Onto the luggage question: am I kidding myself to try and take my Rick Steves 24" to check and a carry-on as well? Should I just take Rick's roll-aboard carry-on and a good backpack? I know the instantaneous response is to always pack light and only carry enough for a week, but seeing as it's five months and I'll be working remotely and trying to live like a local rather than constantly traveling to and fro and sightseeing, I wondered if anyone had similar experiences where packing light still did the trick. I'm not planning to pack heavy, mind you, but I'm essentially just trying to decide between my 24" plus a backpack or quite small carry-on item, or just a carry-on and a larger backpack. I'm just trying to decide if it's worth dealing with the struggle for just the very few days I'll actually have to lug my 24" and a smaller rolling carry-on along as I make my transitions each month to one new place.
Thank you so much in advance for the kick in the pants to just pack light that I know I probably need! :) Reading these boards has helped me stay smart and pack light in the past, so I'm hoping it will maintain my resolve for this much longer trip!