As a missionary, one of the things we do, each time we are on furlough, is to head to Wal-Mart, Target and other places to stock up on all the "essentials" which we cannot find on the mission field. This is a cumbersome challenge, but one that is necessary, especially if you have children.
When we pack to return to the mission field, our excess luggage includes clothing for the kids for the next X months or years. It also includes things like brown sugar, vanilla, crisco and more!
The usual question is "How do we pack all this?" and "What do we pack it in?"
Over the years, we have discovered that suitcases are expensive and take up space in our small home. Duffle bags are cheap, but they are also flimsy and can't be used over and over. Boxes create lots of questions in customs. So, what does one use?
FOOT LOCKERS! Yes, the plastic foot lockers which can be found at stores like Wal-Mart and Academy Sporting Goods are perfect for luggage. They are lockable (with locks or zip ties), fit within the airline dimensions and stack easily on luggage carts! Not to mention, once home, you have perfectly good storage containers for things that does have a home elsewhere.
So, next time you are traveling and trying to pack it all up...consider grabing a foot locker or two!