Undoubtedly the most useful site for my journey was One Bag. A significant component of my traveling method, the bundling packing approach, comes from that site. It has far more information than I discuss here, so if you leave this post and go straight to one bag, I won't be offended.
The most obvious way to pack is don't take what you don't need. I have a smartphone, so I don't need to bring my laptop. An e-reader would remove the space needed for paperback books -- but I take books anyway (probably breaking my own travel light mantra). Most soaps I get on the other end, so I keep toiletries to a minimum of utility items like combs, toothbrush, tweezers. If you need a towel, get a travel towel, which folds into a space smaller than a book. I was skeptical but the damn things work; though be warned, if you fold em up wet and forget about them for a few days they're going to smell like hell.
|Packed and Ready|
The MVP of my traveling is without a doubt my bag. My bag is a Red Oxx Air Boss, based on a OneBag recommendation. I had a little bit of sticker shock when I bought it but it's worth every dime. The bag is sturdy and spacious and combines nicely with bundle folding. It holds everything I need for a 4-5 day trip, and any more can be supplemented with a smaller companion bag, which still falls within carry on limitations. The dimensions of the bag allow it to fit in overhead storage with ease, and on shorter trips I've been able to fit it between the overhead bin doors and another suitcase. I wish everything was built this well!
|within the bundle!|
Altogether I haven't had to check a bag in years. It makes traveling quicker, easier, and with the increasing frequency of back checking costs, cheaper!