There is a travel saying, “bring half they stuff and twice the money.” I would tend to agree with that philosophy though I believe that if you pack right, you won’t need twice the money.
When we travel, we try to go carry-on only as much as possible. Even if we have to check our bags we are using carry-on sized luggage. This just makes travel easier once you arrive at your destination. It’s easier to take public transportation from the airport, easier to get on and off trains, easier to walk through a city, if you are not burdened by large suitcases. Sometimes we have to do laundry, but it’s worth it not to have to lug 2 weeks worth of clothes with us.
My packing methods are pretty much the same, no matter where we travel. Clothes get rolled and put into ziplock bags in the bottom of the suitcase. Other clothes get folded and put into larger ziplock bags.Colors coordinate and create multiple outfits.
And as much as I love shoes, I sacrifice when I travel and only bring 2 (ok, sometimes 3) pairs of shoes and rarely any frivolous heels. David is usually only brings 2 pair (one he wears, the other in the bag) because his size 12s take up a lot of room.
Links to our packing pages:
(note, these pages evolve with every trip, so check back!)
If you’re curious how we traveled around the world for 9 months with just one bag and one day bag each, go here.