Don’t pack for every possible contingency. Be disciplined. Take only what you are absolutely certain you are going to use. For a one week trip, the rule of thumb is to leave behind anything that will not be used for at least two days of your trip.
To help guide your decision making, GenealogyInTime Magazine has created three simple rules to make it easier to pack light. These rules are based on years of travel:
1. Rule of Twos – with the exception of socks and underwear (always take lots), never take more than two of anything. This rule applies to shoes, jackets, trousers and pretty much anything else that you might want to put in a suitcase.
The secret to limiting yourself to two of anything is to make sure your clothes can be easily mixed and matched. Basically, everything in your suitcase should go with everything else in your suitcase. This allows you to get the maximum use out of your clothing without looking like you are always wearing the same clothes every day.
2. Rule of Whites – leave white clothing at home. White clothing shows dirt and stains too easily.
3. Iron Rule – take clothes that are wrinkle-resistant and easily washable. Don’t pack anything that needs to be ironed.