Please help me with this dilemma.
In the past, travelling in France in June/July and then staying with my sister in the UK, I've been able to pack into a 21" cabin bag for a 6-week trip, even though if sometimes I've had to check it in on the return trip as the Singapore Air carry-on limit is only 7kg.
But this time, the first 3 weeks will be in England, including a rather smart music festival, then a week on the notorious wet and windy Isle of Mull, and finally 2 weeks at a summer school in Dublin. After just a few warmer days, England seems to be cool and possibly wet again - as far as I can see forward in the forecasts. I've started packing and am finding I just can't fit all the clothes I need into my usual case, not to mention the shoes. I could pare it down radically and then struggle every time I re-pack, or take my old 24" suitcase - still in good condition -into which I can fit everything ans till have room to spare. But it will be more cumbersome to manoeuvre on and off public transport, especially when I add my small under-the-seat rolling bag for the plane.
What would you do? Whichever case I take I plan to check it in as even the smaller on will inevitably be over the 7kg limit.
P.S. Even though I live in Australia, I really feel the cold - and more so as I get older; I'm 79 now.
P.P.S. I travel solo and I don't drive.