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Why I Like Packing Light for a Trip to Europe
Vacation time is always the best time, and part of the fun of planning for it includes the final step of all planning – the packing. We pack light. My husband and I each take a carry-on rolling suitcase that we place in the overhead bin of the plane and a daypack that is placed under the seat.
The advantages to this type of travel are many for us.
Now, the key to packing light is two-fold.
First, you should only pack a week's worth of clothing, although I do pack extra socks and underwear. Keep your shoes to a minimum – 3 pairs max, depending upon your activities. We usually bring along hiking shoes, walking shoes, and something a little nicer for going out. Pack for the weather, and plan on some layers if weather could be iffy.
Second, if you plan on vacationing for more than a week, packing light only works if you have access to washing your clothes. This is something that we always factor in to the equation. If we stay at a rental, we must have laundry facilities, or be near some. Same with a B&B, and it would also hold true for a hotel, where laundry services are very often available. You cannot pack light if you can't do laundry!
Most luggage companies make a carry-on size piece of luggage designed specifically for overhead bin specifications, but I would strongly recommend checking with your airline or their website before you embark on your trip to be sure of their particular requirements.
After trying packing light once, I am now a convert and could never go back.
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