Packing

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

What to Pack

Gear

  • 5 Things You Forgot to Pack for Hawaii - A trip to Hawaii is a dream come true! The surf, the sand, the gorgeous sunsets... it's all there and waiting for you.
  • What All Women Should Be Packing for Every Trip - Most travelers overpack… sometimes even me! (Although I have also been guilty of under-packing. Whoops!) Packing light can be a real challenge sometimes, especially in cold or “in-betweeny” temperature locations.
  • Gear Up for Winter Travel - Colder temperatures are coming to the Northern Hemisphere! This is the men's AND women's ultimate guide to winter gear!
  • What Minimalist Packers Leave Behind - Have you ever considered going minimalist? Do you think you could? As a light packer, I always try to be as streamlined and efficient as possible with what I pack---which will also be what I lug with me wherever I go!
  • Gear Up for Summer Travel - Spring is here, but summer is coming! I truly love summer travels: beaches, sunshine, waterfall hikes, ocean breezes, hot and humid temperatures. I love it!

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.
  • 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!
  • 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?"

Toiletries

Packing Strategies

  • 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!

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

  • What Women Pack for Winter in Europe - It's the dream! Winter in Europe is full of snowy mountain villages, Christmas markets, world-class ski and winter sports resorts, and in some countries... reindeer!
  • Packing for Ladies: Amsterdam in April - I leave for Amsterdam tonight, so stay tuned to Facebook and Instagram for update from the tulip festival in Holland! But first I have to pack, right?
  • Winter Packing for Ladies: Switzerland and Liechtenstein - This week it's all about packing lightly but warmly--I'm off to Switzerland and Liechtenstein for some wintry fun!
  • What I Wore for Winter in Germany - I'm currently in Heidelberg, Germany! It's on the chilly side (it's December, after all), so that makes for a challenge when packing.
  • What I Wore: Fall in Venice - We recently got back from a chilly weekend getaway in iconic Venice, Italy! It was a challenge to pack for this trip because of the temperature range and being surrounded by water, but here's what I came up with.
  • Packing for Ladies: Iceland - Having trouble deciding what to pack for your own trip to chilly Iceland? I've got just the thing! Here's what I came up with for our trip to the Land of Fire and Ice.

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

  • Packing for Women: Fall in New England - Visiting New England in fall is on many an all-American bucket list! My sweet husband whisked me away to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. We had a wonderful time, but sometimes packing for fall weather can be a challenge.
  • Minimalist Summer Packing: 2 Days in Boston - Surprise! If you've been following along on Instagram and Facebook, you know I just took a surprise trip to Boston! I was there less than two days, so packing minimally was definitely the way to go.
  • What to Pack for the Outer Banks, North Carolina - I recently took a little weekend getaway with some girlfriends to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I'll be honest, this was a packing challenge for me!
  • What to Wear on Nantucket - If you've been following along on Instagram and Facebook @quickwhittravel, you know I recently enjoyed a few days on beautiful Nantucket Island. I'll be honest, I was a little insecure about what to pack.
  • Summer Packing: A Week in Texas - this week we're talking about packing! You know I never check a bag if I can help it, so this is how I packed light for a week in hot, humid, summertime Texas!

Oceania

  • Packing for Ladies: Molokai, Hawaii - There are plenty of Hawaii-inspired packing guides out there, but packing for Molokai is different because Molokai is different from all the other Hawaiian islands. It's more rugged, less populated, less "touristy," and by many standards, it's more Hawaiian.
  • Packing for Ladies: A Week on the Big Island of Hawaii - The best part of a trip to Hawaii is... Hawaii! The sun, the ocean, the kindness, the food, the aloha---it's the best! But the worst part of a trip to Hawaii is... packing. But never fear!
  • What to Pack for O’ahu: Ladies Edition - "Packing is my favorite part of travel!" --said no one ever! It's not my favorite thing either, and I'm literally a professional packer!
  • What to Pack for the Outback: Women’s Edition - We chose to visit Uluru in winter because I love my husband and would rather he didn’t die of heatstroke. But with temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 70s, unrelenting sun, and a significant bug factor, it was quite a challenge to pack everything we needed within our 10 kg luggage weight limit.
  • New Zealand Winter Packing for Women - Packing for two weeks in any climate can be a challenge! So if you find yourself needing to pack for a two week trip to New Zealand, your guide is here!
  • Packing for Ladies: A Week in Maui - What should you pack for a week on Maui? Bathing suits! And perhaps a few more things. Here is my packing list, complete with photos and Amazon links to help you go carry-on only to beautiful Maui, Hawaii!

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

  • Winter Packing for Men: Switzerland and Liechtenstein - We just got home from an amazing time in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. I've already let you in on my wardrobe and winter packing tips for ladies, but boys need to keep warm, too!
  • Packing for Men: Iceland - It's What I Wore Wednesday! Well, not so much what I wore, but more about what my husband wore on our trip to Iceland last weekend! If you're a man who hates to pack, we've done the hard work for you.

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!
  • What He Wore: Maui - 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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