You can find other people’s techniques for this via Google. I recently took a combined business and vacation trip that lasted two weeks, and I took only a “rollaboard” carry on bag. The business trip included a need for dress and business casual clothes.
This trip had an advantage over some hectic vacation trips in that I stayed in the same hotel for most of the two weeks I was gone. This let me find a laundry down the street, and have laundry done at the midpoint of the trip instead of hand washing in the hotel bathroom sink. Or paying exorbitant hotel laundry rates.
The weather was also an advantage toward light packing, late summer on the Mediterranean is very temperate, and warm (and bulky) clothes weren’t necessary.
My packing list:
I carry this in the top outside pocket of the rollaboard, where it is easy to pull out and put back for security inspection.
Toiletries Bag in Carryon
razor (disposable, replace every few trips)
surgical rubber braid clothesline
3-1-1 and toiletries bags, above
daypack (large enough to hold a water bottle)
long sleeved t-shirt (turned out I never wore it)
2 dress shirts
3 casual shirts
2 polo shirts
shoes – dress
shoes - sport sandals
trousers, Dress (1pr)
trousers, Business Casual (1pr)
trousers, Casual (1pr)
undershirts (4) (turned out to be too many, could have managed with 2)
Batteries for noise canceling headphones
camera / batteries
Cell phone charger
Headphones, Noise Canceling (w/ battery)
inflatable travel pillow
mp3 player and charger
laptop power brick
Travel documents folder
iPod Touch charger
USB power converter
Wear or Carry on my person
cash (US Dollars, use ATM in airport on arrival for local currency)
charge & ATM card
iPod Touch (preloaded, there’s another post coming)
pen & small notebook
shoes – walking
casual sport coat
I overpacked a little bit, but not too badly. And it all really did fit in the rollaboard and briefcase, even with souvenirs on the way home. (Buying small things helps.)
This was the first time I’ve gone this long in a single small bag. Now that I’ve done it this will always be my goal.