In less than two weeks, I leave for Mexico again. Except for last minute items (mostly my carry-on bags), my suitcases are packed. Once again, I am taking things down to the condo that I am going to buy next year. I have two suitcases that will be checked in. Among the things that I packed are some family photos, an afghan that my mother crocheted for me back when I was in college, some more of my favorite Mexican handicrafts, more books, and, even though I have plenty of clothing at the apartment, more clothes that I want to keep. This time I am not taking gifts for Alejandro and his family. Gifts can wait until my January trip for the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany). I am, however, taking some more Ohio maple syrup and jams for them. Fortunately, I have a first-class ticket that I purchased at a reasonable price way back before fuel prices soared. So, I am allowed checked luggage with no fee, and I am even allowed to check suitcases that weigh more than fifty pounds.
On my last trip, I noticed that my large blue suitcase was starting to come apart at the zipper. So, I had to buy a new one. I went to three places looking for a bag as big as my old blue one before I found a similar suitcase. Unfortunately, this one is black, so it looks like countless other bags coming out on the luggage carousel. I made a tassel of yarn so that it would be easier to identify.
I have always been a believer in traveling light, but that will not be the case as I start taking stuff down to my future home.