Packing Schmacking

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My old nemesis – luggage! I don’t mind packing all that much, but it’s just a bit of a hassle. On the plus side, it makes the trip feel that much more real!

What are your favorite packing tips and tricks?

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12 thoughts on “Packing Schmacking

  1. Always carry-on a suitcase with everything you need to get by for the first couple days of your trip, so you’re covered when the airline inevitably loses your luggage or strands you at a connecting hub.

    For International travel, particularly when you’re taking your bags on trains and such, make one of your bags a convertible backpack like this: http://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/mother-lode-tls-weekender-convertible/143101?productid=1370034

    1. I agree with Andy re: having a carry-on that contains a minimum of everything you’d need for a day or two. Until recently, I’d never spent overnight anywhere due to a missed flight–while my luggage was still on the plane–so I didn’t have any clean clothes or toiletries.

      1. @Nancy: Exactly. I want to see how everything was organized inside. I don’t know that I could travel as light as you do, Jeff… (But I want to learn how to do so!)

      2. I never got around to posting a picture of the inside of my case and of course now it won’t look as neat as it did before I left. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will say that the portable luggage scale I have came in very handy. Since I knew I couldn’t go over 50 lbs. in my bag, I kept weighing it until I got to about 48 pounds (to give myself a little leeway). That, combined with a pretty full backpack, is getting me through this three-week adventure!

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Based in St. Paul, MN and love to blog about travel and horror. Comment, follow, and join me on my journey of travel and horror (though not necessarily in that order).