Leave It All Behind You
Wouldn't it be simpler if you didn't have to take any luggage with you when you travelled abroad?
...Well, why not do just that?
How many of us have taken advantage of the internet to purchase goods from abroad, and, indeed, if you're reading this, then there's a good chance you may live in a country other than Spain.... demonstrating the international possibilities of the internet, and the technological capability which makes my idea not only possible... but a ultimately a logical conclusion.
Imagine you are setting off on holiday, or commuting abroad on business in a couple of days from now... You set about packing your bags, gathering all your clothes according to which you need to wear until the day of travelling, which you'll wear for the flight, what you want to wear while you are there, according to the duration of your stay etc. Basically floating thoughtfully about the house in an apparently random state of bemusement as you try to think of thinks you'll need, like a human screen saver.
Come the day, you sit on the case and wrestle it into submission so you can zip it shut, then heave it down the stairs, and into the car, or waiting cab (unless you're unfortunate enough to be dragging your load to the train station!), once you've found your way through the labyrinthine access roads to the airport, and got your car parked, you then have to unload the case, and negotiate your way through a seething mass of equally tetchy people to check in, and hope you haven't packed anything that security will call the bomb squad about.
And then, once on the ground again on the other side, you not only have the worry of whether all will be well with your car rental, cab, or hotel booking, but also that you don't lose your hand luggage, while dragging your life around in a bulging suitcase.
The whole experience is a waking nightmare... and renders the idea of a holiday some kind of ironic practical joke. You're more stressed by this point than you ever were at home or at work, and already wish you could go home.
...Go back to when you were at home, and booking the tickets for the flight online, along with the hotel, and hire car.... why couldn't you have logged on to HolidayClothes.com, and have a pre packed bag ordered, to be waiting for you at the destination airport, in the hire car's boot, or even in your room at the hotel?
Everything you need from clothes to toothpaste, toothbrush, toiletries, and newspapers, all you favourite brands and labels who's sizes and fits you know and love, ready and waiting for you on your arrival.
Now the experience of flying abroad consists simply of you taking your hand luggage with you as you leave the house... passport and boarding pass, with a couple of items for the flight itself, then parking the car (which now you may no longer need as you don't have a suitcase to encumber you, so perhaps you take the train after all!), and strolling easily to the check in desk, boarding the flight as you would a bus; with only a brief inspection of your hand luggage at security; and then disembarking with equal ease... no waiting for your possibly battered suitcase to come round on the carousel lottery conveyor belt, just straight to get your car keys, out the door, then off to the hotel.
A much more civilised state of affairs I think you'll agree.
The Price of Freedom
I know the principle objection to this method will be the cost of buying a whole new set of clothes and luggage items, but these are easily compensated for, and, more often than not, these are expenses most people make anyway... Because many people will buy new clothes for their holiday as it is, as well as toiletries and other items.
But if you think about it, you could cause a savings revolution in the air travel industry, as if a lot of people adopted this practice, a significant reduction could be made in the laden weight of the aircraft, commonly expressed in excess baggage fees, reducing the fuel required to get the plane from a to b (allowing them to meet Carbon emissions targets!), savings which could be passed on to the airline customer, as a discount on their plane ticket.
And in addition, this easier and faster boarding of the plane's passengers would mean a quicker turn around time for the aircraft, allowing the airport to get planes up and down with greater frequency, which could help to eliminate the need for extra runways or, if taken across the industry whole new airports... as this could amount to extra capacity for existing airports.
Of course, less baggage means less opportunities for security risks too, and less queues.
A smoother system, and a better experience for all concerned.
The Bag Trade
There are several possible business opportunities that could be born from this idea.
...As only if you're really rich will you be willing to buy a whole holiday wardrobe for the duration of your stay, then dump it on your return home.
But that is a possibility also, as any clothes (which you may have bought anyway as part of a holiday experience) such as loud and brightly coloured shirts, skirts, shorts, and dresses which you may never contemplate wearing at home for reasons of practicality, taste, or difference in climate, could be simply donated to a local charity shop before you leave for home.
But also, the possibility of a rental clothes business for this kind of experience, or, in the case of regular business commuters, a set of bought clothes and luggage could be stowed in a locker for those occasions when you go to that particular country, and dry cleaned and pressed, fresh and ready for your arrival when you email an instruction to the company to do so... to be deposited in the locker when you leave.
But also, as a final possibility, for those who like to think ahead, want this experience, but like their own clothes and stuff, with them abroad, a kind of specialised parcel delivery company like UPS or Fed-ex, or other international courier, could collect your packed bag a couple of days in advance, take it to the airport where it is gathered and packed on a dedicated luggage flight with other bags from passengers of flights travelling to arrive after a given date to await them as they disembark. So one flight takes all the luggage of travellers on five or six different flights, all of whom will be arriving after a particular date, and then collected by them as they arrive on their own exclusive passenger flights.
without the weight of bags, it might be possible to get more passengers on each plane by putting seats where the cargo hold was....savings everywhere!