How to pack for a trip

I hope you aren’t expecting any advice here, because I hate packing for a trip.

I agonize over what to bring and not bring. I try on all of my clothes to see how I feel in each outfit, and a bunch end up on the floor. I’ve tried to pick outfits that will mix and match with each other, but I’m not very good at it.

Do you go shopping for new clothes before a trip?
Shopping before the trip – exhausting!

It seems that I inevitably bring either way too much or not enough clothes. And don’t even get me started on shoes. How do I decide which ones to bring?

How do you decide which shoes to bring on a vacation?


And I’ll be gone 16 days this time.

How to pack for a trip
laying out some of my clothes for the trip

We had toyed with the idea of just bringing backpacks, but I quickly decided that was just craziness. It was easy to do that for our Florida trip, because everything had to fit inside the saddlebags on the motorcycle.

Not to mention, that was Florida in May, not Scotland in May.

Okay, so I’ve checked the weather and long slacks, rain gear and hiking shoes seem to be in order. And I can’t go wrong with jeans, right?

I can do this.

Several pairs of slacks, a handful of tops, lots of socks, and a bathing suit (#WishfulThinking), into the suitcase! Maybe if I under pack, I’ll have to buy a few new things there, right?

Camera, camera bag, and all the accessories are ready.

I always bring my Canon Camera on my vacations

Passport – check.

Cash – check.

I even bought these interesting travel pillows and socks for the 11-hour plane ride. I’ll let you know if they work 😉

Have you ever tried travel/compression socks? Or one of these face forward travel pillows?
Compression socks and face forward travel pillow!


If you have any pointers, or great packing ideas, toss them my way would you? Otherwise I may have to Google “how to pack for a trip”.

Reader Comments

  1. Cindy Scurry

    I packed for Italy last year in a small carry on bag…for 20 days! You can do this! I found rolling everything tight was the best way to save space. I tried compression bags and cubes and didn’t find those worked for me. I also wouldn’t take anything that didn’t roll tight (like a heavy sweater). Wear your sweater or coat on the plane. Are you taking a backpack too? I did and didn’t carry a purse. I found that shoes work well for the back pack since they are so bulky for the suitcase. I ended up wearing black combat boots with just about everything on my trip. I think a belt bag would be ideal for money and phone – free up your arms for picture-taking. Also, I would suggest a scarf for added warmth (and style). Have so much fun! Can’t wait to see your pics!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Great pointers Cindy!!

      I like rolling my clothes too. Can fit way more in. I will definitely need sweaters and my coat 🙁 Cold and raining there! I water proofed my motorcycle boots to bring. I like that idea of wearing boots mostly.

      Definitely bringing a scarf, though I’d like to buy one in Scotland too!

      My camera bag is also my backpack, but doesn’t hold much more than my camera. I was also going to bring another backpack. I do like that belt idea too!

      Thanks lady!!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      You do Patti! I’ll take a picture of it when I use it. I think you can put it towards the window to and lean on it.

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