5- 4 -3- 2 -1 + 2

I am taking a tropical vacation in the near future.

I haven’t flown on a plane in a VERY LONG time and have forgotten most of the travel basics. One of the things I know I forgot is how to pack light and have the right stuff.  The reason I know this is because I never really knew how to pack that way in the first place 😊!

I am always looking for helpful travel tips and came across this NYT article the other day: How to Pack a Suitcase. 

Packing may seem simple, but it is a science with rules that travelers often learn the hard way over thousands of miles on the road. Doing it strategically can be the difference between a harried vacation with countless detours to local drugstores and a streamlined one with everything you need at your fingertips.

Shivani Vora and Michelle Higgins, New York Times

The article has 6 tips:

  1. The bigger the suitcase – the more you pack (DUH!)
  2. Do the clothing countdown – more on this below
  3. Lay out your clothes and then EDIT ruthlessly
  4. Fill every inch of space – I swear by packing cubes
  5. Keep liquids in easy reach
  6. Never unpack your toiletries

Here’s more on the ‘clothing countdown’ on packing for a week’s worth of travel:  

  • 5 sets of underwear
  • 4 tops
  • 3 bottoms
  • 2 pairs of shoes (I’m also adding fit flops to make 3)
  • 1 hat
  • =5-4-3-2-1

I will be gone 7 days, so these are good starting points.  I don’t think I will have easy access to washing facilities so I am bringing more underwear and more tops.  I also tend to get pretty ‘moist’ when I am in the humid tropics and re-wearing tops is probably not a good idea. My extra tops are wicking workout tops so they are light and won’t take up much space. 

I also cheat a bit because I don’t plan on including my travel clothes in the count 😊.

For 2022, I am revising the 5-4-3-2-1 packing mantra for travel by adding a +2 COVID 19 Rapid Antigen tests and KN95 masks.

He who would travel happily must travel light. 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



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