There's gotta be a kitchen sink in there, somewhere!
(Lone Starr and Barf have just rescued Princess Vespa... Barf enters the main cabin carrying four bags with a fifth's strap in his mouth
) Lone Starr:
Checking in? What the hell is that? Barf:
(voice muffled with the strap) Her Royal Highness's matched luggage!
A character has a very loose grasp on the idea of "necessities," bringing along towering mountains of suitcases filled with a year's supply of clothes and other frippery they probably don't even need at home. Two waffle irons, for example, so that there is a choice of waffle-dimple patterns. This, for a weekend trip. Special points awarded if the trip is a camping trip
, where the idea is to get back to nature.
Often leads to Human Pack Mule
. Compare City Mouse
. May also be a flaw of the Alpha Bitch
. Can overlap with Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense
if the character is wealthy.
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Anime & Manga
- Erza from Fairy Tail never goes anywhere without a whole wagon load full of bulging suitcases. It's revealed she carries food in them.
- This wasn't intentional on his part, but in Dragon Ball Gohan is often forced by Chichi (being the Doting Parent she is) to carry a some massive luggage, usually bigger than he is, as is seen in The Tree Of Might and on the first groups's trip to Namek.
- Gosick: Victorique packs a lot of suitcases when she goes traveling.
- Wealthy, spoiled Veronica Lodge of Archie Comics has been known to bring a great deal of her extensive wardrobe along with her when traveling, regardless of the destination.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW), Rarity (See the Western Animation folder) does it again when she goes spend a week at a spa. She brings so much luggage that there almost isn't enough room for her in the cart.
- Mortadelo y Filemón: At the beginning of "Valor y al toro", when the two protagonists are about to get on a cruise for their mission, Filemón tells Mortadelo to pack only whatever is indispensable for the mission. Filemón gets angry when Mortadelo shows up later with a big bag and reminds him of how he only had to pack whatever was indispensable. Mortadelo replies that he's only carrying his keys there, and points to more than a dozen of bags, saying that is his luggage. Eventually, Filemón allows him to carry only a hato.
- In The Smurfs comic book story "The Hunger Of The Smurfs" (and its Animated Adaptation episode "Haunted Smurfs"), before the Smurfs set off to find food and shelter for the winter after their storehouse has been burned to ashes, Papa Smurf tells his little Smurfs to "take only the bare essentials" with them on their journey. Apparently they interpreted the "essentials" to mean everything that they couldn't live without, as Papa Smurf sees that they're ready to take the whole village with them!
- Spaceballs: After the Winnebago crash-lands on the desert planet, Lone Starr tells Princess Vespa to take only what she needs to survive. She determines that this includes her industrial-strength hair dryer, carried in a very large suitcase (which, naturally, she forces Lone and Barf to carry).
- The Great Race: Maggie DuBois takes along a large amount of luggage when she takes part in the title car race. When her car breaks down and the Great Leslie rescues her, she insists that he take her luggage along.
- Mortal Kombat: Movie star Johnny Cage brings several large bags to dock for the trip to the tournament. After asking Liu Kang to carry them for him, Liu dumps them into the bay. It gets even better. Upon first landing at the island, Johnny falls right into the water due to being weighed down by so much luggage, and then, as the crew are climbing a huge number of steps, he falls and drops some of it, prompting Liu to ask "Do you need help with those?"
- In Cheaper by the Dozen, the second one, Lorraine fitting this trope is a running gag. Sarah her sister comments on a huge suitcase "This one just for the make-up?"
- We're first introduced to Old Rose in Titanic when she brings lots of luggage onto the research ship Akademik Keldysh, then when she goes into her flashback, we see Young Rose bringing lots of luggage onto the Titanic.
- In the Australian YA Novel Tomorrow When The War Began, the character Fi, who starts out as something of a Dumb Blond, (although she subverts it later and she's really more of a Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold type) is ridiculed by the other characters for bringing insane amounts of luggage on a camping trip.
- Subverted in the first (written) Horatio Hornblower novel. Hornblower starts to lecture Lady Barbara on the impracticality of bringing a huge amount of luggage onto a warship, but she irritates him by showing that she only has a couple of sea-chests, which is a perfectly reasonable amount.
- In a maternal variant, when Magrat leaves the castle in Carpe Jugulum, she insists that Reverend Oats haul along every toy, blanket, nappy bag, basin, potty or bath item which her baby daughter might possibly need. Most are things which an infant that age won't be old enough to require for months, and they're only away for a day or two.
Live Action TV
- Gilligan's Island: Thurston Howell the Third, his wife Lovey and Ginger all took along much more luggage (mostly clothing) than they should have needed for a "three hour cruise". On one of the occasions where they had a chance to escape the island, they insisted on taking all of their luggage with them.
- One of the Yeralash shorts has a boy going on a trip with a friend of his. The friend said to only take the most necessary things. See the result here starting at 2:50.
- Tom from Parks and Recreation brings a ridiculous amount of state-of-the-art electronics to the department camping trip. Hooking them all up to the van drains the battery, leaving them all stranded.
- In the Red Dwarf episode "Future Echoes", the Cat is instructed to get together a few essentials before going into suspended animation. He arrives with a rack of suits and, when challenged by Lister, admits there are ten more racks he intends to take.
- In "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Albuquerque", the protagonist emerges from a plane crash dragging his worldly possessions behind him: his big leather suitcase, his garment bag, his tenor saxophone, his twelve-pound bowling ball and his lucky lucky autographed glow-in-the-dark snorkel. It takes him three days to crawl to his destination.
- Used in Calvin and Hobbes' 05/22/86 strip when Calvin is on a camping trip with his Boy Scout troop.
Hobbes: Grab the hot dogs and come on! The troop's cooking dinner over the fire.
Calvin: (rummaging in the tent) Oh, that's just great. Here we've been lugging this dumb microwave around for nothing.
- Greg Evans title character Luann has a Rich Bitch friend Tiffany. In the Thursday 15 December 2011 strip, Tiffany brings so much luggage for a one-week trip that her boyfriend remarks, "We need a semi."
- Irving Hillman, the fiancee of Cathy Andrews, is stunned by the amount of baggage Cathy intends to take on their shared vacation. Cathy observes, "Men pack. Women move."
- In one FoxTrot strip, Roger laughs at the amount of gear Jason and Peter are bringing on the trip, saying that if they brought much more there wouldn't be room for them in the car. Obvious to the reader is the fact that that's exactly what they're trying to achieve (Fox family camping trips never end well), and in fact most of their luggage is filled with styrofoam.
Peter: Out of curiosity, how much more?
Jason: I'm running low on duffel bags.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Rarity, the resident beauty queen, has her poor little sister drag her luggage to the campsite in an oversized cart in "Sleepless in Ponyville". Her necessities include an entire inflatable house, completely furnished with a queen sized bed and a matching vase.
- Rarity first does this all the way back in "Sweet and Elite" when she burdens the poor bus boy with a truly ridiculous amount of luggage and he is seen collapsing under the weight of all her bags twice.
- Rarity's "poor little sister" proved to be a heavy packer in "Sisterhooves Social", bringing two mountains of luggage ("Just a few necessities...") to live with Rarity for just a week. In her fully furnished house.
- Pinkie Pie uses Hammer Space extensively, leaving people wondering where she keeps all that stuff.
- Big McIntosh overloads the Apple family jalopy when they go on their road trip in "Pinkie Apple Pie".
- In Dexter's Laboratory, the titular character decides to cope with being away from his electronics for a family fishing trip by bringing along an inflatable laboratory. Though being inflatable, none of the buttons actually work.
- An episode of Transformers Animated had Prowl taking Sari and Bumblebee camping. Bumblebee ends up packing a lot of electronic devices. An incredulous Prowl asks how he managed to store them all.
- One of the Cyberchase For Real segments had Bianca going camping with her friend. The friend mocks her for taking three bags. Bianca says it's nothing, only for the friend to open one bag and remove a sequined party dress.
- An episode of Horse Land had Chloe and Zoe attempt to bring a lot of useless gadgets with them on a camping trip. MP3 player, curling iron, hair dryer, smart phones etc.
- An episode of Angela Anaconda had the Alpha Bitch Nanette assigned to hike with the same team as Angela and her friends. Nanette demands that the others help her carry what she packed, and at one point pulls out a hair dryer and asking where she can find an outlet.
- Less "impractical" but still over-packed is this Garfield and Friends example. Jon takes Garfield and Odie out camping, and Garfield hates it every time. So one time he brings an inflatable house, labelled "Never leave home without a home". Jon makes an Aside Glance and asks, "This is roughing it?"
- In A Goofy Movie, Pete's idea of camping is parking his state-of-the-art RV in the middle of the woods. When parked, the RV expands into a home away from home, with a kitchen, living room with a big screen TV, a bowling alley on the roof, and a bunch of other modern devices. Pete also barely spends any time out in the actual outdoors, but still considers it camping.
- In The Proud Family, Oscar takes his family out camping using a fairly state-of-the-art RV, and his mother Suga Mama remarks that with an RV so big, it's barely roughing it. It escalates when their rich neighbors the Boulevardezes are camping adjacent to them. Their campsite is a massive collapsible mansion.
- Bianca from Beverly Hills Teens once brings half a dozen suitcases with "absolute necessities of life" along. Doesn't sound like much? Well, perhaps it should be mentioned she brought them for a day in a beauty salon...
- When first seen at the train platform, Madame Tutli Putli has enough baggage for an army battalion.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks, episode "Island Fever":
- Alvin struggles to move a luggage cart over flowing with pink suitcases, footlockers, trunks, and other pieces of luggage belonging to Brittany onto the cruise ship the Sevilles and Millers are entertaining on.
Brittany: Alvin, please be careful, I have some of my favorite things in there!
Alvin: Like what?
Eleanor: Like everything she didn't put in there...
- We then see Simon, Theodore, and Dave struggle to move another, even larger luggage cart, bearing even more trunks and cases belonging to Brittany. Brittany herself even lampshades this later when the lodging accommodations are less than commodious for the kids, and she remarks, "It's a good thing I packed light!"
- Littlest Pet Shop (2012): Blythe packs a mountain of luggage for an all-summer fashion camp, although some of this is supplies she'll need for drawing and designing.
- The Legend of Korra: Asami takes a large amount of luggage when she moves to Air Temple Island. Mako states it could have been worse.
- On Arthur, Muffy always overpacks, especially for summer camp.
- in an episode of Pocoyo, Pocoyo and Pato are going to camp and, despite the objections of the narrator, overcharge the Vamoosh with all their things(topping it with a bathtub and a fridge full of food) to the point that it can't fly because of the weight. Neither wants to relent on leaving any of their things, until they see Elly, who was camping with them, leaving the only thing she brought, her tiny teddy bear, to help make the plane lighter.
- Dave Barry once described this type of individual as someone "whose idea of 'roughing it' means 'turning the air conditioner to medium'".