I have traveled a lot in my life, especially in the last couple of years.
Part of that adventure, has been learning how to pack.

This entire week, I’ve been in Texas visiting my family.
My ticket did not include a checked bag, so I packed in this little carry-on:20130912-144227.jpg

This faithful little bag has gone all over Europe with me, and has been back and forth between Texas and Tennessee as well.

There are a few tricks to packing well:
Always put your shoes and the bigger items on the bottom.
Roll your clothes instead of folding and stacking them.
Pick a wardrobe color scheme (black/gray or brown) for the duration of your stay so that you can pack less shoes and less jackets/cardigans (if you’re like me and get cold frequently).
Wear your bulkiest clothing. If you need to take a jacket, wear it onto the plane. Packing boots? Wear them instead.
If you have a checked bag, put your heaviest items in your carry-on, which doesn’t have a weigh limit.
If you’re worried about your luggage being lost (it’s happened to me twice), put a change of clothes and your toiletries in your carry-on so you won’t be stranded.

Packing can be stressful, but I’ve actually learned to appreciate my carry-on bags. It’s so much simpler and less to keep up with in the airport.
When I’ve flown from the US to Europe, I got two checked bags, a carry-on, and a personal bag. I hate traveling with that much baggage.

My Mom’s packing advice:
Always pack a swim suit. You never know.

My packing advice:
Don’t forget pajamas if you are sharing a bed with someone.
I learned from personal experience.

Also, don’t forget your underwear.

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