Is it just me? Or do they also fight over luggage? ask LIBBY PURVES

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Libby Purves shares her frustrations about the personal nature of luggage and packing.  Stock image used

Is it just me? Or do they also fight over luggage? ask LIBBY PURVES

We are going on a trip! Packaging! But once again I have failed to distract the man in the house from diving into the hole under the eaves where the luggage lives. I took my case earlier and looked away, but my husband is a man of destiny.

Armed with a torch and ignited with the spirit of Marie Kondo, he decides to ‘fix’ my compulsive baggage habit.

It flies across the room: hard-sided, soft-sided, wheeled, carry-on, backpacks, expandables, laptop bags, and various clever bag-in-a-bag miracles that once promised to make me a sophisticated global traveler.

Everything is cheap. Some of it produces strange socks, expired motion sickness pills, and frozen hotel shampoos. Suddenly, she utters the dreaded words: ‘Which one to recycle? Which one for the charity shop?

Resistance is useless. Sometimes I give up: that backpack with collapsible wheels really did save my back, but the wheels made it too heavy for a backpack anyway.

Libby Purves shares her frustrations about the personal nature of luggage and packing. Stock image used

For some backpacks I fight: ‘He has something to put water in! And that one is apparently waterproof, so if I were to go camping. . .’ I put it in a corner.

The pink carry-on is my favorite and he concedes that; then after a brief struggle I agree to a limit on the number of aged Musto boating bags.

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Four, maybe. But that fifth went to St Kilda! It’s a relic!

I get that, and he gets his Bavarian leather backpack, which, even empty, weighs as much as a baby.

I agree to a limit on the number of aged Musto boat bags. four, maybe

It’s all very personal, luggage: a portable piece of home.

And yes, on the airport carousel I judge strangers: vulgar, boring, braggarts, more money than common sense, victims of fashion.

And I know they look at mine and do the same thing.

Or shudder in disgust. It doesn’t matter. They were out!

Armed with a torch and lit with the spirit of Marie Kondo, Libby says her husband decided

Armed with a torch and lit with the spirit of Marie Kondo, Libby says her husband decided to “fix” his compulsive baggage habit. Stock image used

Libby says that at the airport carousel she judges the tastes and selections of strangers.  Stock image used

Libby says that at the airport carousel she judges the tastes and selections of strangers. Stock image used

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