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so, we're headed to Bermuda in about 30 days (+/-), and I was looking at my luggage last night thinking,  man I do not feel like lugging the big piece ( of a 3 piece set ).   Keep in mind it's on 4 wheels, but I would rather just use the medium and two carry on size pieces ( we have 2 sets ).  So, knowing what you know about packing, what should I leave out ?  I don't know why I'm fretting about this, I've been to Bermuda before. I really want to pack as minimally as possible.  I want to try what I refer to as bare bones packing. Nothing extra or frivolous. NOTHING !!!!   I already pared down my camera gear, but I think I can do better.

Little help here.   Thanks.

7 Answers

i guess by now you know to limit the colors of clothes that you bring. This will cut down on the accessories that you need to bring. Also, the pieces of clothing can be mixed.

You know it isn't just the amount of clothes you pack, but also how you pack them. I've posted links to the bundle packing method before. I stand by this method as really fabulous way to pack and end up more clothes that are wrinkle-free (or close to it). Here are the links... (packing made perfect is my preferred demo)
this one -

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1. Don't fear the laundry service. It may be expensive but I'm on vacation and am not going to nickel and dime myself. If I'm feeling thrifty, I hand wash a couple things (usually foundation garments). As long as I didn't spill something on myself and assuming I wasn't doing strenuous activity and sweating like a longshoreman, I do not feel a pathological need to wear something only once before laundering it.
2. As far as bringing less, I pair black and white slacks with a couple different tops for dinner and try to get at least two dinners per pair of slacks.
3. Where black tops and slacks are concerned, I use jewelry to change the look.

Well, I won't be hand washing any of my foundation garments. My wife might though. In the past, I have brought older clothes with me, such as underwear, shorts, & t -shirts, and just thrown them out. That saves space on the way home.

We use the vacuum bags. And my wife just bought those packing cubes. They seem to work. I'll know more in a few weeks.

Trying to add more mix and match clothes. I tend to dress the same as store mannequins. I have also realized it's me, not the shirt, that is wrinkled. Too bad they don't have Garanimals for adults.

I try to bring enough mix and match smart casual outfits, plus one or two dressy outfits for the MDR. Day wear depends on the itinerary. But again, it's mix and match. One checked bag and one carry on work.

For a week long cruise I wear a pair of jeans for traveling, I pack one pair of jeans (most lines now allow jeans in the MDR for dinner), a pair of shorts, swim trunks that can also be used as shorts, a few gold shirts, t-shirts and one outfit for formal (if on Carnival Chino's and a shirt, other lines a suite, shirt and tie.) Since I collect Polo shits, I only pack on or two and just buy a couple on each trip if they are from a port I have not been to before.

I have done a 4 night cruise with just a carry on and my back pack for personal care items. On a one month trip I only had 1 large suite case and my back pack.

Your not the first person I have read that have done the old clothes throw-aways. It sounds like a good idea and frees up space for the trophy's I like to bring home. I'll have to try that next time!!!

I've done this several times. Of course when I say it frees up space, it's used by ship logo shirts and stuff like that.


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