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Old 05-10-2014, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:03 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I don't love or hate packing. I pack the night before the trip and if I'm going on a long trip I will pack my big suitcase because I get a free checked bag. If I'm going domestic then I just pack my carry on. Packing for me is a 15-20 minute process.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:10 AM
 
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eh, I've moved 8 times in 5 years and taken so many short trips in between and that does not include the packing that was done as a child when we lived in 15 different states before I was 15 years old.
I make a list of what I will need then start at the top of the list and pack until the list is completed.
It isn't something I stress over since I've done it so many times for trips or moving or both.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:13 AM
 
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Here are some good packing tips:
How to Fit Two Weeks Worth of Luggage Under the Airplane Seat in Front of You
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Packing takes me maybe ten minutes at best. I'm leaving for around three months in two weeks. Know what I'm bringing? Two pairs of pants, two pairs of shorts, about 5 pairs of socks and underwear, 4 tshirts, 1 long sleeve shirt, a small toiletrie kit, a book, a camera, my iPad, passport, a photocopy, moneybelt, and IDs/cards. All fits in my 20L backpack. I never understood why anything else is necessary...unless of course you are a woman which would still only require a few extra hygiene items.

Actually, I even look forward to picking up basic items abroad. It's fun to see and browse through foreign hygiene things for some reason. Depending on where you're going, you might even save money if you wait to pick them up after you arrive.

Oh, and a good tip is to roll your clothes. Saves you wrinkles and space.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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There's a couple of places where I have family and I go there regularly. So I stashed a bin with everything I need for a single trip and now I just get on the plane with a book. That's the best!
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Oh, and a good tip is to roll your clothes. Saves you wrinkles and space.
Rolling my clothes has only ever made them a lot MORE wrinkled, and takes up equal space (physics). If I need to minimize the wrinkles for all my stuff, I use a hanging bag, otherwise I just accept that things will wrinkle (especially if I rolled them) and wash/iron as needed during the trip. If I just need one suit, I usually wear it on the plane. Uncomfortable, but easier than packing it and after I'm done with it I just cram it in the bag and dry clean it when I return.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Possibly you are not rolling them tight enough. I get no or minimal wrinkles when I roll. Folding them in the traditional way does take up more space. Especially if it's a back bag.
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Old 05-13-2014, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Folding them in the traditional way does take up more space. Especially if it's a back bag.
No, physics wins.
But if you're comparing a really tight roll to a bad folding job, then there will be extra air space in there which could make them more bulky as a unit. Also if you don't pack them thoughtfully into the bag, there will be a lot of air between which again will take up more space. If you really want optimize the space that take up you can get some of those compression bags, but talk about wrinkles… And if you think your rolled shirts are un-wrinkled than your definition of "minimal wrinkles" is probably pretty loose. Wearable casual tshirts? Sure. Pressed dress shirt? Not.
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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What physics? Elaborate instead of just repeating the word 'physics'. I used to fold and stopped when I realized it takes up more space. I can stack several more rolls in the same space that would take up three or four layers of folded shirts or pants. If I place the folds upright, they get crammed under the weight of other stuff and get even wrinklier on top of using even more space. I am not seeing the physics here.
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:56 PM
 
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I used to hate packing but since retiring I travel so much that it's become a routine and easy task. I don't even think about it, just throw stuff in and go. Using packing cubes really helps.
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