Having been overseas more in the last 12 months than the last 12 years of my life combined, I think I can safely say I’m getting the hang of it and becoming ruthlessly efficient. That includes packing just the right amount of clothes, making sure everything goes with everything else and making sure nothing major is missed out. And by major I don’t mean toothpaste. Forgetting your MBP charger is major. Forgetting your toothpaste is not.
I’ve also picked up essential tips along the way, like having different zip pouches for different things (one for all my tech bits and chargers, another for basic first-aid/medicine, and yet another just for travel documents, spare credit cards and cash). There are also pouches for other bits like shoes (and a pair of slippers), and another for all my grooming accoutrements. I could go on and on, but I think you already have an idea of what the interior of my Rimowa suitcase looks like.
Another essential I always rely on is my trusty carry-on luggage, which can be anything from my Keepall45 to the Boeing from Goyard. Your carry-on must preferably have a zip (and an option of locking it), have an additional shoulder strap and hardy enough to take all the abuse that’s thrown at it.
One of the reasons I’m also doing this post is because lately I’ve been considering myself one of those old-school luggages that come without wheels or a trolley handle. Like the F/W11 Loewe ones shown above. Call me a masochist, but I like the idea of it all. I’ve seen enough passengers at the airport using similar ones along with airport pushcarts, and they seem to be managing just fine. I just need to find one that suits my budget and tastes. Any suggestions?