The goal is to pack with one bag. As much as possible, pre plan your itinerary, figure out the specific items youll need for your trip and stick to that list if you start contemplating what to bring the night before you take off, youre doomed. But packing light doesnt have to mean going without. Just be strategic about what you bring. Mix and match everything, so you can coordinate more outfits with fewer clothes. If you pack all neutral pants or skirts, for example, you can use your patterned tops with any and all bottoms. Remember also that layering for colder weather is always better than bringing big, bulky pieces; on hot weather trips, include a light sweater or jacket. Shoes are the big space hog, so limit yourself to two pairs (and dont forget that you can pack socks or other small goods inside your shoes). Ditch your toiletry bag, since youll have to put all your stuff in a Ziploc bag to get through security anyway. And finally, remember the frequent flyers best friend wrinkle free everything.