Why is packing such an ordeal???  We leave in 15 days for a 3 week European-Trans-Atlantic vacation.  Since we are flying to Barcelona we limited to 50 pounds or less per suitcase and we are allowed two suitcases a piece.  Okay 200 pounds of luggage doesn’t sound that limited!  BUT you have to be able to transport this luggage yourself through airports and cruise ports and hotels and taxis.  Add on your carry on luggage and personal items and things get a little out of control.  So I am back to two pieces of luggage at 50 pounds each.  Packing clothes for different climates and different situations makes for a lot of clothes and shoes.  We will have at the minimum three formal dinners, tours that require walking shoes and comfortable attire, gym wear, swimming and sunning attire, baseball fan apparel and of course shoes.  We will have the ability to laundry items and will take advantage of this but who wants to wear the same thing every day?

I have learned from previous trips that packing cubes and 2 gallon Ziploc bags are definitely time savers.  I try, at least for the first part of the trip, to identify and bag daily outfits.images3images1

Ziploc makes a 2 gallon size bag that is perfect for a pair of pants, shirt, socks, underwear and accessories.  I iron and carefully fold the shirt and other items into the pants and then slide everything into the bag and zip it up, squeezing out the air to make it as flat as possible.  I’ve been known to even write the day and/or occasion on the bag.  The reason I said for the first part of the trip is because so many items must be worn again.  Kinda makes it hard to pack for each day when the pants you are wearing on Monday has to be worn on Thursday also.



I use the packing cubes to pack items like pajamas, swimwear, underwear, gym clothes, etc.  Each category get it’s own cube. This makes it so easy to grab and go.  Now to the dreaded shoes!  How on earth can you not take too many shoes?  You will need walking shoes, dress shoes, sport shoes, flip flops, sandals, water shoes…do I go on?  And…not all shoes go with every outfit so add a couple of pairs or more to each of those categories.  I do try to keep it simple and take as few as I possible can.

So for the next two weeks I will be packing and unpacking, picking and choosing, opting for this one or that one and continually weighing the luggage.  If you have any suggestions, comment on the post.  Add your two cents worth, I’m game to trying anything to make this simpler.  Keep reading my posts as I will keep it going during the trip.  Hopefully with lots and lots of photos too.

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