Two Travelers, One Suitcase
Photo Credit: TN

Photo Credit: TN

Two Travelers, One Suitcase

Shameka McDowell
Shameka McDowell Aug 29, 2014

So, we have two packing philosophies in my household. Mine leans more towards Murphy’s Law, “what can go wrong will go wrong.” So, I like to be prepared for the unexpected. Better safe than sorry. His packing philosophy is definitely pragmatic minimalism. Enough said.

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Somehow, we manage to make packing work regardless of the length of the trip. Here’s how we manage to skip carrying heavy, oversized baggage and paying potential fees.

  • Pack only the outfits needed for each traveling day. Sounds simple, but this is where my better-safe-than-sorry mantra kicks into play. I can’t resist sneaking in at least one extra outfit, but he keeps me in line for the most part.
  • Pack more undies and socks than necessary. Be careful with the push-up bras though as they tend to take up more space. Stick these items in shoes and in the corners of your luggage. Fragrances, too. I adore this space-saving trick.
  • Pack clothing with similar color schemes. We like to choose neutral colors for the most part unless we’re headed to the Caribbean. This also makes selecting shoes a bit easier, especially for us ladies.
  • Pack only essential toiletries, such as a toothbrush and deodorant. Depending on the location (e.g., international versus domestic), I buy things like body oils when we arrive at our destination.
  • Pack all electronic devices in your purse or backpack. Camera, phones, tablets, etc. If a device and its accessories doesn’t fit, leave it behind, which typically isn’t an issue.

This list is short and sweet, but gets the job done. What are your packing tips?