Hubby use to pack the car with all of my luggage before every trip. My bags kept getting bigger and bigger. Pretty soon, packing the car to go anywhere looked like I was moving out of my house. I'm not an expert traveler. Over time, I have just chosen a path of minimal packing. I enjoy buying a few items when I get to my destination. I once bought the best handmade soap on a trip to Colorado. Here are a few tips:
1. Toiletries. Basics are great. Please do take your toothbrush and tooth paste. Leave all the perfumes, huge makeup cases, twenty different types of hand lotion at home. Use this time as an excuse to buy one when you are there.
2. Soap. Most hotels have soap for you in the rooms. If they don't, go to a local store and buy something. Sometimes you can find the best handmade soaps on vacation.
3. Convertible Pants. Nothing stands out better than a tourist wearing these things. A pair of khaki pants or a pair of khaki shorts look so much better. These are just goofy.
4. Books or other reading material. If you absolutely have to take something to read, one book is enough. If you need more, buy one when you get to where you are going.
Remember vacation is about relaxing and experiencing new things. You can't do that if you bring your home with you.