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?