Our bags are packed for our Mega Trip to New Zealand and Australia. I bought new bags, which are purported to be the world’s lightest. They were the lightest bags I could find. As usual I bought them through http://www.eBags.com. Search for IT Bags. We each have a 22 inch carry on and a 29 inch checked bag.
We packed using our favorite eBags packing cubes. The packing cubes now come in all sorts of fun colors and patterns. I use small packing cubes for liquids (zipped into quart size zip lock storage bags) and medications. The medium packing cubes are used for clothing. I also like the slim packing cubes to fill in the blank spaces in our suitcase.
As I’ve stated in prior posts, I take three clothing cubes full of clothes. One cube goes in my husband’s checked bag, one in my own checked bag and one in my carry on, and vice versa. For this trip I added a cube full of extra layers, since we will be crossing from fall in the southern hemisphere to winter in the tropics.
For this trip I used an REI compression sack, which is sold with backpacking equipment to compress my down coat. See the blue bag that looks like a sleeping bag in the photos.
The last step is to put our itinerary on top of the packing cubes. We always do this in case our bags decide to take an unscheduled trip to China or some other exotic place without us. This will help reunite us with our bags. I also have tags on our bags from Okoban at My Stuff Lost and Found. These tags will assist the airlines with reuniting us with our bags. http://mystufflostandfound.com/