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Seven suitcases Coleen? That's travelling light! 

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02.08.2020

I reckon that once you’re checking in a case, you might as well cram in absolutely everything you could possibly need or want. Coleen Rooney is pictured above arriving in Barbados

The Rooney family arrived for their Barbados holiday with shedloads of luggage. Seven vast hard-shell suitcases. Yes. I counted.

But seven cases for eight people – Wayne, Coleen, their four sons and Coleen’s parents – makes them pretty lightweight packers in my book.

I reckon that once you’re checking in a case, you might as well cram in absolutely everything you could possibly need or want.

For me, one of the unintended pluses of flying during the pandemic is that we’re encouraged to check in luggage rather than carry it on, to avoid that desperate crush trying to nab overhead space.

This means I no longer have to feel the group pariah when I am the only one forcing everyone else to wait at the baggage carousel.

Even so, I like to think I actually use the things I haul around with me rather than have them simply sitting in a foreign cupboard unworn, needing to be unpacked and ironed when we get back.

Returning from our recent holiday in France, I was startled to see how much seemed to fall into this category and decided to make a list. It was a salutary read.

For starters, it turns out I pack two evening wardrobes: one for my fantasy world and one for what I know will be my real one.

In the fantasy, I emerge radiant from the shower after a day of sun and sea to dress bare-armed and bare-legged in pretty dresses and skirts for the night ahead. In the real one, I am shrouded in fabric to ward off the mosquitoes that head, at sundown, for any exposed centimetre of skin.

You might have thought that by now I would have accepted that I need to dress as if in Saudi Arabia, but no. I still pack the clothes I would like to wear.

So this year, returned unworn yet creased were two floral midi dresses, one cotton maxi skirt, one knee-length silk skirt, one linen smock........

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