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2 Weeks, 1 Backpack: How to Pack for Vacation

2 weeks, 1 carry-on bag? No problem.

  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 7 pairs of underwear
  • 5 shirts of various warmth
  • 1 tank top
  • 1 jacket
  • sleeping gear

Roll each item up before placing it into the bag. You may also need to stop at this point to remove the cat. Carry on.

  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 2 skirts
  • 1 pair of fancy shoes (loose, not in box)

Now for the long front pocket of the backpack.

  • 1 notebook
  • 1 mini travel book
  • 1 novel
  • passports, tickets and cards
  • 1 laptop and charger

And the smaller front pocket.

  • 2 weeks worth of medication
  • 3 vitamin bottles filled with lotion, shampoo and conditioner
  • 1 mini bottle of contact solution
  • extra contact lenses
  • bar of soap
  • tube of toothpaste

Did I miss anything? I have a day or so to figure it out :) And don't forget that your body can carry stuff, too! Climb onto the airplane wearing 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of shoes, a hoodie, sunglasses and a purse.


No checking bags, no picking up bags, no lugging them around airports and streets.


Image Credit » Mandy Gardner

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suffolkjason wrote on September 5, 2014, 2:15 PM

Can you imagine the havoc cat could wreak on a plane? emoticon :grin:

MandyG wrote on September 5, 2014, 2:35 PM

Hahahah - disaster!

Scorpie wrote on September 5, 2014, 3:11 PM

25,000 in cash, American Express, Visa, Mastercard, passport and drivers license. I think that covers everything I need on a trip.

paigea wrote on September 5, 2014, 3:14 PM

That looks pretty sufficient to me. Where are you going? Do you need a swim suit or beach towel? When we went to Europe though, I took a small kettle fitted with 2 cups. I packed 2 bowls, 2 plates, 2 bowls, 2 wine glasses, 2 cutlery sets, cork screw, and one good knife. I wished I had packed a couple of dish cloths. Have a great trip!

Shadi wrote on September 5, 2014, 3:43 PM

Depends where you're going but seems to you got everything covered.

MandyG wrote on September 5, 2014, 3:44 PM

Towels are a great idea! A la The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy :) Should be good on kettle and dishes since we are renting a fully-fitted apartment. Yay!

MandyG wrote on September 5, 2014, 3:45 PM

Pfft. 25,000 in cash. It's just cheating :P

Scorpie wrote on September 5, 2014, 9:23 PM

True. I always go directly for the dirty tricks.