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This Woman Is My Packing Hero

by SharonKurheg

My name is Sharon and I am a chronic over-packer.

Oh, I CAN pack lightly if I really, really try (I can do a 4-day weekend with just this bag if it’s summertime and I’m going to wear a lot of shorts and T-shirts). But once I’m up to the 5-day mark? It’s all over. That’s when I pull out my bag that I have to check, and then I have SO MUCH ROOM, so I throw in my “just in case” clothes (and shoes to match), and the big bottle of suntan lotion because “just in case,” and my pillow (it’s been all around the world) and…

So when I saw what this lady is able to do when she packs, well…

I really need to go to practice. I mean, I KNOW a bunch of the rules…

  • Pack layers of lighter clothing that you can mix & match and possibly rewear, rather than bulky stuff
  • Just 1 or 2 pairs of multi-purpose shoes, and roll socks into them
  • Buy toiletries at your destination
  • Use packing cubes
  • Know when to roll vs. fold
  • Plan to do laundry on longer trips

…but there have to be more.

How do YOU ensure you pack light?

*** Feature photo (cropped): Holiday Gems/flickr

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Beth March 3, 2020 - 2:01 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one! I travel frequently and only do a carry-on for work and manage just fine. But, a personal trip, forget it. I absolutely need more outfits than I could ever possible wear because what if it’s hot, cold, hurricane? What if we get invited to the met gala at the last minute?

I’ve gotten better by investing in specific pieces that I know will work well in certain situations instead of hoping to cobble together stuff that may not work very well, along with packing cubes and a good carry on. I also try to only use public transport which forces me to pack small because hauling a checked bag on the subway sucks!

DaninMCI November 7, 2021 - 5:53 am

You need to go over to Reddit and check out r/onebag for more inspiration.

AmyG November 7, 2021 - 1:21 pm

Going on a 2 week holiday will try this with all the clothes I will need

Cookie Wright November 7, 2021 - 1:36 pm

With the skimpy clothing I’m seeing on some “ladies” at Disney World, I think they can get their entire wardrobe for a month in a carry on. Sports bras, butt cheek shorts, and yoga pants take up no room at all!

Lara S. November 8, 2021 - 10:47 am

It can add up in weight though- I found this out using compression cubes the hard way. Suddenly my carry-on was so hard to get up into the overhead bin! But in general yes, the more you roll, compress and fill gaps, the better. My issue is always if its cold where I am going, its just harder to find lightweight pants that don’t leave my legs cold! But generally I can handle a week-long trip for work since I can use MM La Fleur dresses that compress easily and come out looking great for meetings. Men, alas, don’t have that luxury, though they can bring two suits and just change the shirt/tie and be fine. Their shoes also weigh a LOT more. Anyway, I do find I have issues packing for vacation though this last time, with bringing my scuba gear and my husband’s snorkel gear, we basically just added bathings suits, t-shirts and coverups and called it a day and it was FINE. We didn’t want a fancy dinner out on our first relaxing vacation in years.


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