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Got baggage? Comedian Lou Sanders has big tips for travelling light

Samantha Willis

I pack light. The only thing that really weighs me down is my merch. I’ve got 300 ‘Vote Labia’ tote bags in my car. I once broke down and the mechanics were like ‘what the fuck are these?’.

You can’t tell how experienced a comedian is by how light they travel. An established comic who I love, Lucy Pearman, wheeled up to the Edinburgh Fringe with two huge suitcases and a bike. One contained just props. 

I’ve washed stuff in hotel sinks. I did a show in King’s Lynn. Before, I went for a walk and was like, ‘what a beautiful riverbank, why aren’t people getting closer to it?’. I slid down it and got mud all over my dress. I had to wash and dry it with ten minutes to go. I told the story on stage but I don’t think the audience believed me.

It’s really liberating not to carry a bag. When you’ve got no bag, you feel so free! Men come into work without one, it’s like, where’s your shit? 

Getting rid of emotional baggage is good too. I used to meditate every day, really religiously. I need to get back into it. I have a spiritual healer and she tells me to have faith and give it all up to the light. A lot of people don’t believe in fate but, I tell you what, it really takes the pressure off.

I write problems down on paper and then burn them. I suppose you could do that with physical possessions, too. You can burn anything you like, really. It works for everything, that’s my heartfelt message to you.

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