No checked luggage, packing light on a long trip

So I'm off to N America from Europe for a few months with my gf. We have a place sorted, all furnished. When I booked my flight I chose just carry on luggage since checked would cost an extra 200 euros, which I could afford but it seems so extortionate for 20kg. I tend not to wear many sets of clothes and dress light, I also don't care too much about possessions, most of my stuff in my current room I don't touch. All I really use day-to-day is my laptop for gaming, social media etc. I'm outdoorsy and social but that doesn't require stuff. But my mother found out I'm planning to pack light and she's really worried and mad, saying I need checked baggage. I figure anything I need I could buy out there if and when. Am I being stupid, should I just take the hit if I can afford it? I remember last time I travelled with a lot of baggage I struggled to fill it.
Any tips on what to bring/not bring? I also don't know how long I'll be staying, maximum 4 months, so going into December, and I don't have much cold weather clothes anyway. I don't see the point of buying it in Europe, then paying to fly it out.
Anyone else travel light?

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why do you let your mother dictate what you should or shouldn’t bring? Bring what you think you’ll need and if it turns out that it wasn’t enough you just buy it in burgerland

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Clothing is much cheaper in the US anyway. Just be prepared to look like you shop at walmart. You could do the backpacker thing and wear boots and a winter jacket on the plane to maximize the clothing you take then take it off. You'll look silly since its august but won't have to pay, right?

      Also FU op for making me realize Christmas is so close already.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    N America is a horrible place. Why the fuck would you come here? Just visit any of the hundreds of beautiful cities in Europe.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Implying Europe shithole is better

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    so
    you're going on a long trip with your girlfriend
    but you're being cheap about it
    you're bringing a laptop for gaming
    and you're letting your mother stick her nose in to your travel plans
    and you're asking sighsee for advice about it
    dude your girlfriend is going to dump you at the first opportunity for someone who isn't a cheap manchild and can think for themselves
    also what intercontinental airline charges 200 euros for a first piece of checked baggage anyway?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >so
      >yes
      >yes
      >yes
      >no she backed off
      >yes
      >maybe but her name is on the lease so it's her loss
      >westjet

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I have a friend who visited the US and did the same thing. US immigration gave him a hell of a time, didn't believe that someone would travel for 4 months with only carry on luggage. He had to give them a ton of stuff to convince them he wasn't illegally looking for work so make sure you can prove that you can afford this.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          i got a bank statement plus it's canada not the us

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >spending 4 months in Canada
            OP why you do this?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        dunno where you're getting 200 euros from then, $71 CAD is 54 euros

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    How many shirts/trousers/jackets/underwear are you planning to pack? Four months is a long time habibi

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    depends how far away I am going and for how long

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