So I’m a notoriously bad packer. I’m actually a notorious over-packer. When my friend Brad and I went to London (my only other time traveling internationally) we returned with no fewer than eight bags. Seriously. Eight bags for two people. Of course, that wouldn’t ever happen today. We’d spend more than our tickets cost in baggage fees.
Since then, I’ve become a bit better at packing. I’ve learned to roll my clothes tightly to maximize space. I’ve learned not to take silly things that I probably won’t wear. And last year, I went to New York for four days with just one small rolling bag, and just a couple of pairs of shoes. This, my friends, is shocking.
I ordered myself a medium-sized LL Bean Adventure Duffle in black. I have a plan to pack everything I need for ten days in China in just this one bag that I can carry on the plane, stuff in the overhead compartment and not have to worry about if my clothes make it halfway around the world.
My husband doesn’t really think I’m going to be able to do it. But I’m pretty determined.
Any international travelers out there have some packing tips they’d like to share? I might need your help.