LESS IS MORE!
Stop putting luggage under the plane and get yourself a smaller sized carry-on and a backpack.
That is the best luggage and packing tip we will ever give you.
David and I spent over two years traveling constantly with a European-size carry-on and a backpack each. I emphasize the need for a smaller carry-on size because the majority of airlines outside the US will force you to check your large US-size carry-ons.
Don't freak out right now thinking you're not going to have anything you need if you only pack a carry-on. You would be surprised at how much you can get into a carry-on using excellent organization and not carrying anything you don't need or aren't going to use, which also works for larger luggage as well.
We're here to help. We plan on giving you plenty of packing lists, tips and tricks from us and other expert travelers, and organization products that will help make your packing a lot easier.
How to Decide What to Take With You
I put some serious planning into packing for a trip. Partially because we usually travel for awhile before returning home and because I don't want to be lugging around stuff I'll never use. Here are my tips for how to decide what to pack.
- First, decide what luggage you're taking with you, so you have an idea of the amount of space you'll have.
- Then, make a wish pile. Your wish pile should include everything you would like to take on your trip.
- Now pack your bags. If you're like me, your wish pile is way more than you can carry.
- Look at everything you have and decide what you actually need.
- Weed out any items you'll only wear once or are just possibilities.
- Stylish but understated, practical items that will pair in more than one outfit work the best. Leave clothes with logos and overly revealing at home, unless you're going clubbing.
- Only take two, no more than three pairs of shoes, including the ones you plan on wearing.
- Take items that travel well such as fabrics that don't wrinkle easily.
- Once you've weeded your items down, try packing your bags again.
- Are you good or do you need to leave more stuff behind? If so, start over from the beginning.
- Do remember to leave a little extra space if you plan on buying some new things.