Because I Come From The Land of Plenty
Plenty. Of stuff. And I have to cram two weeks of stuff into one carry-on bag. Summer stuff. Winter stuff. Hiking stuff. Formal stuff. Lots and lots and lots of stuff. One tiny suitcase.
Here are my keys to carrying on for a long trip.
- Every piece must make multiple outfits. I use a monochromatic color scheme and layer around it.
- Only take washable pieces. I can wear the same three outfits for 15 days as long as they don’t stink.
- Use disposable clothing. If I’ve got things tagged for Goodwill or the trash, wear-and-leave is a great option for those items. It makes room in my suitcase for purchases along the way and usually means I come back lighter.
- Wear my bulkiest items on the plane. Even if they’re the wrong season. I can always take off my shoes or stuff a sweater in my purse, leaving precious extra inches in my suitcase for other things.
- Carry a big purse. I have a leather tote that is big enough for my computer, my iPad, a sweater, primping supplies, an refillable water bottle, spare socks……all the things I might use in flight. It still counts as ‘one small personal item.’
- I can always buy it when I get there. I don’t worry about snagging every conceivable thing, because if I really need it, I can get it. The world is a very efficient place these days.
- Use convertible clothing. I have a black travel dress that makes ten looks. It’s even washable. If I build my wardrobe around it, I take half as much in my suitcase.
- Pack stuff inside shoes. Anything small or pliable, that won’t stink when crammed into shoes for a day. It also protects the shoes from getting crushed.
- If you travel in twos, pack smaller shoes inside larger shoes. MTM always puts my shoes inside his triple e’s, meaning my shoes disappear in a suitcase.
Do you have any packing secrets you’d like to share, Dear Reader? It’s too late for me this go round, but we could all use a few tips for the future. Please give your tips in a comment today.
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