Hi all. I'm seeking a bit of advice on travel gear - more specifically, what sort of luggage situation people would recommend for a family of 4 headed on our first overseas trip. I've got two kids, ages 4 and 7, and we are headed to South Asia in a few months. Like many folks on this forum, I've got some serious OCD when it comes to packing, and I am a minimalist at heart. On the other hand, kids have a way of showing you how minimal minimalism is....and consequently you understand why they sell so much Johnnie Walker in duty-free....
I'd love to travel light. My ideal would be that we each have a 20-22" rollaboard and our own personal item - a backpack for my wife and my ID for me. The kids each have a tiny rollaboard to help carry their own stuff, too. (Before you judge, let me be clear: I know, rollaboards are not the most nimble luggage and draw the ire of many here on the forum, but this is a big trip for us with the kids, and it's so much easier on our backs not to have to shoulder EVERYTHING!)
Question: does anyone with kid experience think this is do-able? We will be traveling for 3 weeks, and we are ready to do laundry by hand or have it sent out when needed. Anything we buy there we plan to ship back separately. We won't be taking any computer equipment. We haven't set aside anything for packing yet, so I don't know the total volume of stuff we'll be taking - I'm just hoping someone else has some comparable experience they'd be willing to share...and perhaps give me some idea as to how/whether I should expand my small collection of TB bags! And despite what I wrote before, I'm quite willing to consider ditching the rollaboards provided there's a reasonable alternative for our situation.
Thanks so much in advance for any suggestions!