Packing

Hate packing? Me, too! But we can master it together! Here are my best tips, hacks, and packing lists!

What to Pack

Gear

Pro Tips

  • Tips for Flying with Gifts - I don’t know about you, but I love finding that perfect gift for my friends and family, whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, or just because.
  • The Top 5 Essentials for International Travel - You bought cute new clothes and you hope those new shoes will be worn in by the time you leave. And then you start to panic.
  • How to Pack the Perfect Carry-on - Whether I'm at the airport or meeting up with friends on my travels, and they all ask me the same thing: "That's all you brought?!" I take it as the highest packing praise!
  • The Ultimate Top 10 Packing Hacks - My packing posts have been getting an awful lot of love lately, so I thought it was high time to pull together my favorite packing hacks into one blog post! Packing can be very overwhelming (even to Steve and me!), but with the right strategies and these helpful hacks, packing just got a lot less stressful!
  • Should You Watch Someone’s Luggage? - This week I'm addressing an issue that has happened to just about everyone, but you may not think much of it, even though it's kind of a big deal: "Can you watch my stuff?"

Packing Strategies

  • The Most Common Packing Mistakes (and how to avoid them) - It's the thing everyone has to do: Packing!
  • The Ultimate Guide for What to Pack for the Beach - Here's a quick reminder of the things you simply shouldn't forget for any beach trip!
  • Packing Strategy 7: The Journey Home - You made it! You packed your best bag, didn't have anything taken away at security, got to keep your luggage on that tiny regional jet, and you had a blast on your trip! But now you have to get home with all your stuff and your souvenirs, too!
  • Packing Strategy 6: Winter Gear - A while back I asked my readers on Facebook what they wanted to read about in an upcoming blog post. One of the responses was "tips for packing winter clothes."
  • Packing Strategy 5: Luggage Minimization - When packing for a trip of any length, to any destination, it's very important to choose the right luggage. You want one that's easy to pack, easy to access, easy to tote, and easy to heft into those overhead bins!
  • Packing Strategy 4: Accessorize, Prioritize - An essential part of packing light involves the possibility of wearing the same clothes more than once. But don't panic! The best clothing items to pack are the ones that can change their whole look with an added piece of jewelry or a scarf.
  • Packing Strategy 3: Adventures in Toiletries - There is nothing in my carry-on that gives me more anxiety than the toiletries. How do I make sure they don't spill? Is this bottle three or four ounces? Does my mousse count as a liquid?
  • Packing Strategy 2: Tetris Packing - I'll be spilling my "Tetris Packing" secrets. Everything is more fun if you think of it as a game, right? Mary Poppins says so! Remember Tetris?
  • Packing Strategy 1: Roll with It! - Travel season is here, and I'm letting you in on all of my packing strategies. People often take one look at my luggage and tell me I can't possibly have packed enough for my trip, no matter how long or short. They ask me how I do it, and now I'm sharing my secrets with you!

Toiletries

Travel Style

Packing Lists for Women

Africa

  • What to Pack for Morocco: Women’s Edition - I used to think packing for conservative locations in hot countries was really hard, especially for women. But now that I've done it a few times, I'm finding that it's easy---almost too easy!

Asia

  • Packing for Ladies: Weekend in Singapore - this week I'm packing for my whirl-wind weekend in Singapore! It's easy to pack light for a hot destination, but since I'll only be there about 48 hours, going carry-on only will be even easier!

Europe

Middle East

  • What to Pack for Doha, Qatar: Ladies Edition - My recent trip to Qatar gave me a little bit of a packing challenge: what to pack for heat and humidity well over 100-degrees Fahrenheit that provides enough coverage. The solution was linen, light cotton, and some interchangeable pieces.

North America

Oceania

South America

  • Packing for Ladies: Easter Island in Winter - I'm off to Santiago and Easter Island, Chile, today! And let me tell you, this one was a challenge! I'm good at packing, if I do say so myself, but I really don't like it (who does?). When temperatures are in the 30s-60s, I just don't know what to pack.

Packing Lists for Men

Africa

  • What to Pack for Morocco: Men’s Edition - Do a quick search for "what to pack for Morocco," and you will find dozens---maybe hundreds!---of blog posts for women. You'll find almost nothing for men, but men are definitely expected to have some self-awareness about what they pack.

Asia

Europe

North America

  • Packing for Men: Fall in New England - It's no secret that no one actually likes to pack. Least of all my husband! I usually pack for him wherever we go, and he fills in with his toiletries and electronics. It works out pretty well because he doesn't have to pack, and I get to blog about it! And hopefully this will be helpful for you, too.

Oceania

  • What to Pack for the Outback: Men’s Edition - The Outback is the ultimate adventure! It's a rugged desert with wide open spaces and big, cloudless skies. It was a challenge to pack for an Australian winter in the desert, but I think we did a pretty good job! Here's what I packed for my husband.
  • New Zealand Winter Packing for Men - No one loves to pack... especially not my sweet husband! But that actually works out well because if I can do his packing for him, I can also blog about it!
  • The Ultimate Men’s Packing List for Mau’i - Packing for my husband is usually very easy. His uniform is a polo and jeans every day of every week, rain or shine, sun or snow. But when we go to Hawaii for our anniversary, I get to have a little more fun with it.

South America

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