European Travel Skills: Packing

European Travel Skills: Packing


This video is an excerpt from a much
longer European Travel Skills talk. To view other topics or to watch my Travel
Skills Talk in its entirety, visit ricksteves.com, or check out my Rick Steves
YouTube channel. Thanks. Thank you for joining us, I want
to talk about packing light. My name is Rick Steves and I have spent
a third of my adult life living out of a 9 x 22 x 14 inch carry-on-the-airplane
size suitcase, and I’ll tell you, you’re going to learn now, or you’re going to
learn later. It’s important to pack light. I don’t
care if you’re going for two weeks or two months, winter or summer. You need to pack light. You don’t have a
mule. If you do have a pack mule you are
abusing your spouse, okay, every person should generally be able
to carry their own stuff, and they should pack assuming they got to carry it. Now, when you travel around Europe, you see a
lot of people with a lot of gear, and you wonder, “why do they need so much stuff?” I
mean look at this. I hope she’s going to use all that. Now, I
live out of a bag that I can get up that donkey path and into Civita Di Bagnoregio
without a lot of effort and that’s really, really important. Good travel means you’re going to have
to walk. If your trips any good, you’re not gonna have a hotel right in
front of your tour bus, or right in front of the train station, and a lot of Europe
is inaccessible. You can’t get buses into the center of town these days, so, you need to be mobile, and if you need
to buy a porter everywhere you go, that’s bad style, and it’s going to put
you in a real bind, so just get serious about packing light. here’s the reality, you come in by train,
and you’ve got to get that bag out at least to the taxi rank, probably to the
subway, and then on to your hotel. this is a shot from one of our tours, I
took this tour just as a participant with my family. Lisa’s there in the front, one of our
guides, and I like to show this shot because this is a shot travel or tour promoters generally
don’t show, the reality of tourism. You gotta unload your gear, load it up,
walk out to the tour bus, and so on, and as I mentioned, if your tour is any
good, the bus will not park directly in front of the hotel. You want to be buried
in the old town with your hotel, and that means the reality of getting out to the bus,
getting out to the train station, whatever, so you’ll want to
be mobile. when I’m traveling, you’ve got a big
choice. Do you want a roller suitcase or do you want a suitcase that has a grip
that has hidden padded shoulder straps that hangs on your back? I still use the backpack hanging on my
back, which is a soft-sided suitcase, and I like it because it is a couple pounds
less, it is a little less expensive to buy, and
when I’m on an airplane, I can always jamming in the overhead
locker because it’s not a hard frame, and for me that’s a real advantage. I’m the last person on the plane, I like
to be the last person on the plane, and I’m never unable to jam my bag up above. If I had a roller bag, that’s a little bit of a different story. If
you need to have a roller bag, that’s okay. Someday I’m going to need a
roller bag. As long as I’m strong enough to carry it on my back, I will, okay. I find in my office, among the men it’s kind of half and half, half of us
carry it on our back, half use a roller bag. among the women, most women like that
roller bag. So really either way, and just because you have a roller bag doesn’t
mean you can pack heavier, that’s a key thing, right. Now this is my
home for four months out of the year. The bag is something we’ve designed, it
costs about a hundred dollars. If I could get a better bag for five hundred
dollars, I’d buy it in a heartbeat, because this is my home. It’s a lot of living, and I find that
this bag has everything we need. It’s a self-imposed limit, 9 x 22 x 14
inches, that’s as big as I can carry out of the airplane, very important. It’s got a very smart configuration of
pockets, and I hang it on my back with those padded shoulder straps. I just love it. These people are very
mobile and when you’re traveling by train, you need to be mobile. I will remind you
if you’re traveling by car, you can be packing a little heavier,
because you can use the car to get where you want to go, in most cases. But if
you’re traveling by train, you got to get serious about packing light. On our tours,
and we take a lot of people on our tours, this group here looks like a
reunion for one of our tours, people just like you guys, we do not
allow anybody to check any bags. 9 x 22 x 14 inches, that is the max. Last year we took twenty thousand people
on 800 different tours. For some of those people, that was a radical concept, “what, 9
x 22 x 14 inches for my whole trip? That was my cosmetics kit.” Nope, that’s
everything because– and it’s kind of tough love, and for years I’ve been
forcing people into this beauty of packing light, and I think, “am I comin’ down too hard on him?” I drop in and visit them a week into
their trip and I asked them how’s it going, and they’re always thankful. I’ve never met
anybody who was mad at me for making them pack light. You’re going to learn now or you’re going to
learn later the importance of packing light. So you can see these people here,
these are people who take– this is one of our tours, a small group from one of our
tours, and we got six people here, they’ve all got their roller bags, and they’ve
all got day bags. The roller bag day bag thing, that’s
really your world, whether you’re taking a cruise or a bus tour, or going on your own, you got your big bag, you leave it on the
ship, you leave it under the bus, you leave it in the hotel room, and you got
your day bag for out and about. Here’s me coming back from a two month
trip. That’s my world. When I leave home, I always think, “this bag is so light, I
must be forgetting something,” and I go to my Europe Through the Back
Door Book, and I look through the packing list, and it’s all there. You don’t need to pack heavy, as I was
talking about. Whether you’re going for two weeks or two months, whether you’re
going winter or summer, whether you’re a man or a woman, rich or poor, old
or young, it’s all the same. You will do
yourself a huge favor if you pack light. You got your big bag, you got your little
bag. Now I do like to accommodate the reality
that you’re going to get things as you go. All right, I come, I leave home really
bare bones, I’m beyond getting tourist souvenirs, but a lot of people
understand what they’re going to buy, they’re gonna buy their beer stein, and
they’re gonna buy their whatever all around Europe, and I like to
have what’s called a hideaway tote. I leave that in the car, I leave that
deep stored on the bus, and that’s where I put my stuff I don’t want to carry
into the hotel every night, all right. Very nice, it lets you still be
packing light even though you’re cheating and you’re gathering stuff as you go, and
then when you fly home you can fly home heavy, and you’ve got this big bag that
you can check on to the airplane. If you can enjoy the luxury, however, of not
checking things onto the airplane, you’re doing yourself a huge favor. With
climate change, more flights are canceled in Europe these days, you need to be more flexible, and you
need to be able to go to the airport, and be able to roll with the punches. And if
I’ve got my bag with me, I can hop on an earlier flight, or I can
take a canceled flight, and jump over here, without wondering, “where the heck’s
my bag?” Just last year, I missed two planes in
Frankfort. Not my fault, there was a thunderstorm, it closed down
the airport, it happens a lot. So, if you have your bags with you, if you can handle that,
you become a more resilient traveler. if you’re packing heavy, you should go by car. One
thing I’ve learned, if you’re traveling with little kids, you should be packing heavy. There’s
a lot of stuff to keep the kids happy in Europe, alright. I got over my fanatic “pack light”
stuff a long time ago with little kids, and I learned anything mom thinks
is worth bringing is probably worth bringing, I mean just between you and me, so rent a car, you know, have a car from
airport to airport, and take a few extra bags, and the family will be much happier. Remember, when you have a car, you can be
a lot more flexible. You can you drive from one spot to the next, and it just
makes a lot of sense. I mentioned climate change, with or
without climate change, you’ve got to be prepared for the weather, and I would just anticipate some violent
weather over there, and the key is you don’t let the weather dictate your
sightseeing. You got to get out and do it. You want
solid shoes, you want Gore-Tex jacket, you want an umbrella, you got to have the
right gear. In Europe they say there’s no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing,
and that’s very wise, that’s very wise. So, you want to be able
to get out, and even more of concern than the the rain to me is the
heat, it is really hot over there. I don’t know my Celsius is very well, but
I do know that 28 equals 82, Celsius to Fahrenheit. That’s all I need to know, if it’s over
28 it’s hot, it’s over 82. And it’s not
unusual to find a climate like this, where in France everything is over 30. That means this is
a very hot day, an uncomfortably hot day. I do my Mediterranean traveling in the
spring or the fall, and I go north of the Alps in the middle of the summer, and I
highly recommend that. You can go to the Mediterranean in the summer, but it’s really
really hot. You’ll have air conditioning but it’s
still like a blow furnace when you go outside. I was in Germany last year for three
weeks, and every day was close to a hundred degrees in July. That’s
unprecedented in Germany. Every day it was that hot, it was muggy,
and there was a monsoon thunderstorm in the afternoon. This is just a new pattern. So you will
find in your travels, violent weather, lots of rain, and lots of heat. Many times
I’ve got this, just because many times you’re in an outdoor restaurant all of a
sudden the clouds came, it got dark and you got a monsoon, and everybody scampers for the tent. Get out and have a good time regardless
of the weather, bottom line. If you wait in your bed and
breakfast for the weather to get good, you’re never going to wake up that
little hill. Just get out there and the weather will
change three times during the hike. The main item of bulk in your
luggage is clothing, and the biggest thing in your clothing is your shoes. I mean, look at the size of my shoes
there to my little bag, that’s a big deal. I think it’s really important to have
practical shoes. My guides in Europe often have very
impractical shoes, and they’re out every day on the cobbles, and climbing the
ruined castles, and so on, and and I’ll never forget this guide here, I just
wanted to make a photograph to compare. I think it’s really important to
sacrifice a little bit of style and just have good solid shoes. I love my Eccos, I
love a good solid sole, I don’t need high tops, but I do want a solid good sole. I want shoes that I can go through
puddles in and not get all wet, it’s pretty important. Now the question,
“do you bring more than one pair of shoes?” I would think long and hard about
bringing a second pair of shoes. If you need a second pair of shoes bring it, but
it should be a light one. A lot of times I bring a second pair of shoes just
because I think it’s expected but I don’t use it. Generally I use the same pair of shoes,
I have one pair of shoes. Some people go, “oh man that is barbaric.” I
take them off at night, they breathe. Shoes are big. Get a well-worn-in,
well-tested, favorite pair of shoes and use it. The main item of bulk again, shoes and
clothing, when you take less clothing it doesn’t mean you wash more, you just
wash a little as you go. And you’ve got a limited wardrobe, and you’re traveling
so fast nobody’s going to notice that except for your travel partner, and he or
she has the same problem. So just make an agreement where you
don’t complain about each other’s limited wardrobe, and you’re packing light. It’s quite easy to pack light, this is
what you need, right here, laid out on a bed. For a lot of people, they like to
compartmentalize. I think this makes a lot of sense. I don’t have time to get into all the
details on packing, but I would remind you, philosophically, don’t have this
mindset where you’re prepared for every scenario. This is an American thing, we like to be
prepared, we bring an extra one just in case two people want to use it, or you
lose it, or ones broken, or maybe you want to loan one out while you’re still
using yours, no, just bring one. If you need another one you can buy it. Assume they have it over there. Pack
for the best scenario, not the worst scenario, that’s
fundamental. If you lay at home thinking, “what all this stuff might I need,” you’re
going to pack way too much stuff. Look at the packing charts, we’ve got em’
in our program, and just pack the bare essentials. In fact, it’s fun to have to go buy
something in Europe, it’s really fun to have to branch out and pick something up. People like to compartmentalize, these
packing cubes are one of the most popular items in our travel store. Again,
they know where their sweaters, are where their keys are, where their electronic
gear is, and so on. Compartmentalize in your bag. I don’t
have a lot of credibility among women when it comes to packing light, so it’s
just smart for us to have a woman who’s a great traveler and a great guide give a
talk about packing light for women, and we’ve got a wonderful talk on our
website in the travel talk section by Sarah Murdoch about packing light. I hope that you can enjoy that talk,
whether you’re a man or a woman it has a lot more information than what I’m going to share
right now about packing. When it comes to electronic gear, I used to say, “minimize
the electronics, no electronics.” That was a long time ago, now I love electronics,
there’s, nothing wrong with electronics, electronics empower you in Europe. You
want to know how to get the gear going in Europe. There’s two issues, converting the power and plugging it
into the wall. I have never had a piece of electronic gear, that I can remember,
that didn’t have a built-in converter. It’s not an issue these days, you’ll hear
about converters, 110-220 volts, and so on. I don’t even bother with that, I mean, if you
looked at the fine print you’d see 110-220. The issue is, can you plug it into the
wall? That’s what you need, and this is a very simple thing. In Britain and Ireland, you got the big three rectangular
prongs, boom. Everywhere else, you’ve got the two
little round prongs, boom. Technically, there’s a little part
on the switch of one that has an odd device, but I don’t– I just ignore
that, just keep it real simple. It’s good advice just in general on your travels, two plugs, and that will cover you everywhere. My electronic gear; I love my laptop, I
love my phone, I love my camera. That’s basically it.
When you’re traveling, you want to get online. There’s all sorts of great ways to get
online, there’s all sorts of media, you can enjoy those movies you can download,
you got your music, you got your Skype. There’s all sorts of reasons to have a
good computer, or a tablet, or a smart phone where you can get online,
depending on your style, but it’s important to be online in Europe to
travel well. There are little guilty pleasures that
all of us should feel free to bring, okay, I want you to be hardcore about packing,
but if you have some little treat you want to bring along, bring it. My guilty pleasure is my noise
reduction headphones. I love these things. I would rather go
economy class on a plane with noise-reduction headphones, than business
class without. There’s a lot of rumble on the plane, I’ve got lots of good things I want to
listen to, when I’m wearing my noise-reduction headphones nobody talks
to me. There’s just some beautiful reasons to
have your headphones on, and when you’re in your hotel room, or you’re in the
back of a tour bus, or whatever, you can enjoy beautiful quality sound with your
noise– with your quality speakers. So, everybody should be able to bring
their fun little extra. as far as toiletries go, there’s not a lot of
reason to bring a lot of toiletries. Frankly, I’m kind of surprised people
need so much stuff in their travels. I like to have a toiletry bag like
this, we sell these like hot cakes. They hang in the
bathroom, because a lot of times you don’t have a lot of hard surfaces. When I
lay out my toiletries, it’s pretty skimpy. It’s pretty basic, and I’m pretty fanatic
about that, and I think that’s all you need, so, without getting into all the
details, I’ll just remind you, you can travel very light when it comes to
toiletries. Don’t bring everything you need with you
from home, look forward to running out of toothpaste, yeah now you got an opportunity to go into Bulgarian department store, shop around, pick up something you think
might be toothpaste. That’s part of the cultural experience,
isn’t it, that’s part of the cultural experience.
When it comes to washing your clothes, it’s a reality we all gotta deal with,
and you’ve got options. You know, you can pay the ransom and have
the hotel do it, you can wash it in your sink, or you can go down the street to
the laundromat. When you go to the laundromat, you can
pay extra for them to put it in, and fold it for you, and come back later, and
pick it up. Sometimes, they even have a service where they
pick it up at the hotel and drop it back to the hotel, which is quite nice, or you can sit there like a local person
who doesn’t own a washer dryer, and you can just do your little work and, write your postcards, or whatever, while your launder is going. Hotels will tell you if there’s a
laundromat nearby, it’s not the first time they’ve had that question. If
there’s not a laundromat nearby, it’s fine, do it at the next stop. Sometimes
there’s no laundromats in town, but it’s not really an insurmountable problem, you’ll get your laundry done. It’s cheap when
you go down the street to the laundromat, it’s free when you do it in the sink. I
just roll up my sleeves and think of it as exercise. I wash whatever’s dirty in
the sink. Usually there’s a sign right next to
the sink that says, “don’t wash your laundry in the room.” That needs to be interpreted
as, “we’re classy joint, we’ve got expensive furniture and floors, we don’t
want you hanging stuff out the window, and we don’t want you dripping on our
wood.” Alright, but you’re paying a hundred
and fifty bucks, you can wash your stuff in the sink, I give you permission. Again, just do
it thoughtfully, wring it really tight, snap it a few times, and hang it over the
tub, and you’re doing fine. By the way, I don’t bring shampoo I just
use the– I don’t bring a laundry detergent, I just use the shampoo from
the “itsy-bitsy ” in the hotel, and it works just great. That’s the one “itsy-bitsy” I use,
otherwise, I bring my shampoo and soap from home. Hang it up and in the morning it should be
alright. By the way, before your trip wash everything out ahead of time, and straighten it out as best you can, and see what it looks like when it’s
dry. A lot of shirts just don’t work, and you
have to iron them, and a lot of shirts work great, and you should favor,
obviously, those shirts that wash and wear well with the sink. You want to have a money belt. A money
belt is important, whether you wear it everyday or not, you should have that
ability to tie your valuables under your clothing in a money belt, because theft
is a big problem for travelers. And of course, when you’re packing, a big an element of that is having your
information. This family is having a great trip, because mom has the right
guidebook, and she’s using it. She did not skimp on guidebooks. Guidebooks are
a 20 dollar tool for a 3,000 dollar experience. They’re
worth buying, and they’re worth carrying, and if they’re any good, they’ll pay for
themselves on the shuttle in from the airport. Now, you don’t want to just carry a
lot of paper, that can be a real problem, and you see a lot of people have a
library in there, and it’s a third of their bulk. Get serious about
ripping those books up. It’s a ritual for me, I get out of box cutter, and I tear
those books up, and I staple them, and I put a big plastic or a tape binding
on them, and I’ve got my little versionsof the big books that cover just the
places I’m going to. So rip the heck out
of those guidebooks. A lot of people
think, “oh that’s sacrilegious.” These are tools. Your guidebook should be a mess
after the trips over, and of course you can always buy another one, right. Okay, so you got your Moleskine, you got
your personal office, you got your ripped up guidebooks, you got your tourist information,
with rubber bands, it’s all right there. Have the information, but keep it light.
It is so important to pack light, it really is. Think about it, you’ll never
meet anybody who brags that, “every year I pack heavier.” With experience, you get
serious about the beauty of packing light. Thank you. If you’ve enjoyed this video,
you’ll find lots more at ricksteves.com, and on my Rick Steves YouTube channel. Happy travels, and thanks
for joining us.

100 thoughts on “European Travel Skills: Packing

  1. Utterly hilarious that anyone listens to a word this man says about travel. Yes he's right about packing light but he hasn't got a clue about real & authentic travel anywhere in Europe.

  2. I have mixed feelings. Traveling light is fine for some – but what of musicians who must – by rail or air – bring instruments in hard cases, personal articles, and outboard gear too? What of performers or simply fashion lovers who wish to bring several complete 'looks'? We musicians/performers/fashion folks also travel to remote locals, but is dragging a few bags on wheels to the hotel such a hardship?? For day trips we leave with a small day bag and a bottle of water while the gear and big bags remain behind at the hotel. So wherein lies the problem?

  3. Also wondering about bringing back gifts… I use a good 20% of my space for that. How do RS travelers bring presents home?

  4. We travel to Europe quite often. Last trip, I packed a few less outfits. Since we take lots of unique photos (huge part of the fun), packing more lightly left me with too many photos in which I was wearing the same clothing. Lesson learned. I'm going back to packing a "medium" amt. I do believe it depends on what a person values. My hubby is fine with all his photos – year after year – featuring him in white shirts.

  5. Family is going for a month to Europe this Dec/Jan and its cold in a lot of places we are visiting so unfortunately warm clothes are bulky so with that said, we are all taking two each rollers with us. Wish us luck haha. (we'll make it, we are strong like Bull)

  6. I called Air France ….Delta …..United Airlines …..Southwest Airlines …..Swiss Air….. Lufthansa and Brussels Air and NONE of them could confirm that a single flight had EVER been cancelled due to
    " climate change "
    " planetary heating " OR
    " global warming "
    We look to you for FACTS
    Stick with FACTS Steve

  7. I invested in the Samantha Brown carry on luggage and we love it! There is a lot more space than you imagine. I have packed enough for both me and my husband for a 2 week trip in the suitcase and tote. But we do not take hair dryers, curling irons, clocks, etc. We use basic toiletries, if it doesn't fit in a quart size zip lock bag, it doesn't go. Color coordinate your clothing to 2 matching colors so that you can mix & match (I make 5 different outfits out of 1 pair of pants, 2 tops & 2 scarves).

  8. buy a electric bike and cart or cargo bike. i will take like ultra light next time .. maybe 10 pounds with a tent and metal cook stove . haha.. buy clothes there at thrift shops .

  9. 1:00 How disrespectful to show pictures of other people in a negative way without their permission. Europe has privacy laws and you can get sued for that.

  10. 3:35 -Great demonstration (lady on left) of how not to wear your hip belts! It’s right under her rib cage going in to her guts…ouch! They work much better if they go right across your hip bones.

  11. I packed carry on only for a 5 day trip to Australia and even with packing light – dragging that bag from the airport, train and then to the hotel felt like it was 1000 pounds of weight after that long haul flight. I was so happy that "WE" did not bring everything and the kitchen sink.

  12. I usually wash my clothes after a couple of light use. I do use the shampoo that's provided by the hotel and do hang them dry in the bathroom or in chairs in the room. I also use the blow dryer or iron to dry clothes quicker.

  13. My problem is reusing the ssme clothes… especially if u visit a humid country and i dont like wearing back a sweaty clothes that you wore yesterday like yuck! I will loose my mind just thinking about it

  14. My friend has has been a tour guide all over the world more than 30 years but he has never learnt to travel light: he always has two large suitcases, a bulging shoulder bag and a document bag for a two-week trip! That's more than I took when I first moved to a different country. Nowadays when I go back, I have all my clothes, toiletries and a laptop in a small flight case and I take a large, empty suitcase for bringing back stuff that I cannot get here, like a couple of pairs of shoes and trousers that actually fit and stuff that is related to my work or hobby.

  15. I thought I was clever wearing the heaviest and bulkiest clothes on a flight of more than 12 hours to reduce the size and weight of my luggage as advised by travellers in YouTube. It was hell: motorbike jeans with Kevlar lining are HOT, HOT and SWEATY as, well, hell. So were the motorbike boots, which were also very hard to take off and put on in the tight space between economy seats. ANY shoes apart from flip-flops or sandals require a contortionist act, especially if they have slid around the seat during the flight. At least I could take the coat off in the plane, but as the pockets were also stuffed with things and the suitcase was full, I had to wear the rainproof, non-breathable jacket in a 35 C, humid heat for nearly an hour before I got to my destination. Live and learn the hard way. LOL

  16. Save yourself the bother of listening to endless repetitions in this lengthy video. The message is ‘pack light’. Gee that’s a revolutionary thought!

  17. I like his advice and videos. They are so very helpful. Just a couple of points I have experienced differently from what he said.

    In economy, if you are the last person on the plane they will make you check in your carryon bag that fits into the overhead. Then you have to wait in baggage claim to retrieve you bags and if there’s a problem with the flight, you are stuck as he mentioned. Get on the plane as soon as you can.

    Make sure your electronics convert the voltage. He says it’s not a big deal. However, I once plugged in the wrong voltage and only used an adopter, I blew a fuse in the house, the house went dark, and the owners weren’t too happy. No harm in the end, but better to check before you travel.

    I’m an older woman. I need my toiletries and brands that perhaps you can’t find or you pay so much more in overseas stores. Plus, I would rather be seeing a castle than trying to find something in a store. However, I like his idea of an organized hanging toiletries bag. Many places don’t have counter tops around the wash basin.

  18. It's hilarious reading all these comments from butt hurt people. But what about me????….Miss Fashionista, musician, Mr. Climate Change expert, local yokals, Mr. "No flights ever get cancelled", etc……Get a clue. This is not for you. Weather happens everywhere. Right…..I'm sure Rick knows nothing about travel…….only been watching him in admiration travel for decades now. If you don't like Rick, so be it. But really..we don't need your comments. Here's an idea….just don't watch! ROFL

  19. Shoes: 2 pairs – runners for comfort and better shoes for evenings out. Wear the larger shoes on the plane. This has worked for my last 6 holidays.

  20. "Among the women, most women like that roller bag". Uh…Rick, don't sound so degrading or condescending as you say it. A lot of men use it too and they don't get judged.

  21. You can keep insulting me instead of using productive words. I will not stoop. For me he singled out women unnecessarily. It was a false statement and making a judgement. If you look around airports, men use rolling luggage just as much. I have been to a lot of airports and countries all around the world traveling for pleasure. It’s a dated norm to make casual sexist comments and we should progress from that. You think he did nothing wrong, ok, but using Trump as an excuse to attack me? Aren’t you being extreme? Am I ruling the country and being a lunatic? Am I affecting negatively a large group of people encouraging hate and violence? You have formidable imagination. It is clear you are determined to take me down for my comment. Go ahead, write more insults in the name of duty. I am done.

  22. Explain how much vacation time (and money) you spend doing laundry. OK, I just lost all respect for him when he justified packing light with climate change. SMH.

  23. Any decent tour takes your bags to the bus for you. We have toured time and again and never had to cart our bags to the bus or into the Hotel.

  24. I don't pack denim jeans because they A, weigh too much and take up too much room in your luggage and B, take ages to dry if they get wet, who wants to spend the rest of the day in wet trousers after a morning downpour.
    I buy lightweight walking trousers, they dry from wet in twenty minutes and I can fit three pairs in my bag for one pair of jeans. Also you can buy walking trousers that zip off at the knee, so you then have three pairs of shorts too without taking up anymore valuable space

  25. I suggest wearing Dry Fit material such or exercise clothes for easy washing in the hotel room. Golf shirts are frequently Dry Fit material. Hiking pants which can be either pants or shorts by zipper legs on or off. This is important when traveling in a hot climate but need to instantly change your shorts to long pants to enter church, temple, or shrine. I recommend sandals in addition to GoreTex hiking shoes. Sandals can easily compress in your small carryon bag and appropriate when visit swimming pools or Thailand wats. Closed toe sandals if walking around animals.

  26. Worst advice ever is to not bring a second pair of shoes!!! OH MY WORD, no. Take 2 pair and a pair of ballet flats. In the middle of the day, change your socks and shoes and it helps so much. Your feet are going to be working a LOT HARDER than they ever work in real life. And you CANNOT get over the counter meds there. Clothes you can buy. But Aleve? NOPE. Looking for nosedrops? Good luck.

  27. I wish he would pack his words as lightly as he keeps insisting we pack. Six minutes into this video and he hasn't said anything new since the first 30 seconds. I don't care if he missed two planes….duh! What has that do with packing. OK still hasn't told me WHAT to pack and I give up. Cannot listen to this boring video anymore at 7:37.

  28. Unfortunately a rule about only carry on can be very ableist. My mom can’t be sure she’ll be able to buy everything she needs even in a different area of the US (or rather, finding the right items can be very difficult) so she has to bring stuff with her and it does get bulky. 🙁 I myself have a pillow problem – if I don’t have a good pillow I am crippled by neck and back pain, and I have yet to find an adequate travel pillow although I keep searching. Being disabled really takes a lot of fun out of traveling.

  29. In Australia some airlines have a combined carry-on weight of 7 kg. I have had both backpack and handbag/day pack weighed at the boarding gate and fines are applied immediately. Lots of people get caught out.

  30. How do you handle the new carryon regulations that limit the total weight allowed? I can pack my suitcase for 10kg, but add electronics and camera, and I'm over the carryon limit.

  31. "with climate change", you should not travel at all, the only person allowed to travel is beloved Al Gore who knows everything about climate changes.

  32. I love to travel but I also love to dress up and not look like a tourist when I’m abroad. I also plan on doing some serious shopping when I’m in France and Italy so I need room. Podiatrists will tell you to alternate your shoes every day so at least two pairs of shoes. I pack lots of neutrals and then add scarves and jewelry to mix it up.

  33. I understand that he does tour groups and consequently, we are probably talking about summer traveling, but as someone who grew up in Europe and moved to the United States, I wonder about his outlook on the climate in Europe. First of all, Europe is not as small as people think and it goes from sea level to 14,000 feet (loosely speaking). So there is not one climate. Second, while the climate did change since when I was a kid (Geneva reaching triple digits for the first time a couple summers ago), it is still milder than it is in most of the US. At least for the northern parts of Europe.

    Since he's showing a map of France during a heat wave, let's take that. 33 degrees Celsius is 91 Farenheit. I've lived in Iowa, central Texas, and central Georgia. In Iowa, 91 is a little warm. In Georgia, it's a nice day for a picnic. In central Texas, it's a nice spring day, perfect for a 3K race. In the northern half of France, it's a heat wave. In the southern half, it's hot. As for violent weather… Tell that to a mid-Westerner (summer or winter alike). The way I would describe the month of May to my mom when I lived in Iowa was "heavenly weather interrupted by apocalyptic episodes". Winters were a fight against the elements that I had never experienced before, not even during snow storms in the Alps.

  34. I have packed light for years. However, I tend to pack too light. For instance I thought I could make it for two weeks in Hawaii with one swimsuit, flip flops, a sarong, tinted sunscreen/makeup, tooth brush and nothing more.. I figured I could wear the sarong as a dress or skirt and that's all I needed. After day 4 wearing a swimsuit I had to go out and buy a dress and some underwear. Opps! Now I pack a little more & I ALWAYS travel with powdered silk wash detergent and a backpacking clothes line. I also found that shampoo works as body wash/shampoo/laundry detergent/dish soap!

  35. So strange that Rick speaks of changeable weather as 'climate change' – the politically charged jargon for liberals. Not a good phrase for everyday weather happenings.

  36. Climate change? BS. How about Climate Engineering!!! You know, the spraying of aluminum, barium and strontium many governments are spraying in our skies DAILY!!

  37. Nice informative video. For me, whenever I packed light, I wished I'd packed lighter. I think it's a matter of consumerism; the more one consumes in life, the more they need to pack heavy. Thank you Rick.

  38. I agree with light packing especially in Europe. I used to bring almost the whole house when I go travel, but my husband convinced me to do backpacking the first time we went to Europe. We were there 5 weeks, we travelled to 3 countries and changed our locations every 3-4 days or so. It was so much easy using a backpack especially getting in the train . I don't care if I wear the same clothes in some of our pics, I may not post OOTD, but atleast I can post LOTD (location of the day) LOL

  39. I wish I could post a pic, 20 years ago I bought an LL Bean bag that was both a rolling bag AND a backpack. Additionally, it had a day backpack that zipped to the main, soft sided bag.

    I traveled the world with it. No matter where I was, no matter the language if a porter was helping me with the bag they’d all congregate around my bag and I hear “blah blah blah LLBEAN Blah blah blah…” it was the best bag I ever owned and a super conversation piece.

  40. So, we should both bring a laptop or a tablet, AND guidebooks? Ever heard of google? It's free, not 20 bucks per city or country. Never bought any guidebook, and never ever will.

  41. Toughest pack job I ever had: 7 weeks through Australia with city, beach, desert, countryside, snow, mountains, hiking, tropics…yikes! Not easy but managed with one rolling bag (22x14x9) and one tote bag.

  42. My backpack is usually 3 kg or less regardless if I'm going for 1 day or 1 month, in summer or winter. Clothes wise I need 1 set of pj, 1 set of top and pants, and one extra shirt that I never use, because I just wash my clothes with me when I shower at night and they dry in the morning. I hate the feeling of a heavy backpack or having to pull a suitcase so this is my solution. Works fine, you just need to find clothes that dry fast.

  43. Couldn’t agree more with the packing light but climate change causing flight delays is most unusual statement.

  44. I always leave with a perfectly sized carryon but I always return with a huge rolling bag full of my purchases because Italy sells a lot of stuff that I want. Other countries have a few things too but not as much.
    As for shoes, bring slippers. It’s makes getting through TSA easier and they pack flat. Then, when you get there, look at what the locals are wearing and get yourself a pair of one you like.

  45. The climate has changed since time began, even when MAN was not in existence.
    It’s called WEATHER.
    You are completely brainwashed about “climate change” – the talking point that the political elite use to justify taxing you lots of money that THEY then line their pockets with.
    Wake up.

  46. As a European I would say, that yes, you can pack light. But you need to bear in mind that many people don't speak English in Europe, English is a second language, that we learn in school, it's not our mother-tongue (except for Ireland and Britain) , so prepare yourself that they might not be able to understand what you need. Medicines are a very good example. You might ask for Advil, they might have never heard of it, and it might happen that they don't speak English -especially if your hotel is not situated in a tourist hot-spot.

  47. I agree 100% about most women pack a lot of unnecessary things. Although I’m not one of them, because I don’t use make up or those types of things. Lol all I need is clothes and my shoes really.

  48. Sorry. Private car. Private tours here. Hanging bag plus suitcase. Shame on me. I work hard for it and deserve it.

  49. Sorry. Private car. Private tours here. Hanging bag plus suitcase. Shame on me. I work hard for it and deserve it.

  50. No it’s not fun. I agree it’s fun to go to pharmacies and by beauty products but i def like to have a nice wardrobe hanging in my hotel closet. What more does it cost? Jesus. One more bag? ?

  51. Im an artist… I can either walk naked and carry my art aupplies… OR i can carry my clothes and not be an artist. How about that?

  52. 14:37 but what about an emergency situation? Imagine someone screams fire and you can't even hear it. I would rather always keep my auditory alertness

  53. Lots of great information, as usual.

    You talk a lot about staying in hotels – and I particularly enjoyed the fact that you referred to the high prices that they charge for laundry as "ransom." You also mentioned washing your laundry in a sink while staying in a hotel room where you pay $150 a night.

    Do you ever stay in apartments? That has been my go-to for years now. The personalized apartments offer so much character, as opposed to hotels where, when you wake up and look around, you could be ANYWHERE.

    In looking for apartments – always at least half the price of a hotel, and so much more space – they always have an amenities tab so you can see if there is a washing machine on the premises.

    Put it all together: pay have the price for your room and be able to have a washing machine for your laundry by staying in an apartment.

  54. My fiction is largely inspired by my travel within Latin America. It is FASCINATING! Just in terms of Mexico, I was one key in helping NAFTA to happen. Otherwise, merger/acquisitions, jt. ventures, etc. That was so much fun. My CEO would pack light for whatever and yet always looked like a million bucks. Actually, right now like six billion bucks. Light and tight.

  55. Rick, you in fact are actually extremely annoying.. Have you been OCD all your life? Jes' askin'. Even so, there are bits of wisdom within what you obsess about. Discover Latin America and adjust.

  56. Sorry but people lugging their giant carry ons on the plane, shoving them into the overheads are obnoxious. Make sure your luggage fits or check it on when you arrive at the the airport. Yeesh people are paranoid about their lost luggage. I go by cruise ship now and am happy as could be! Hahahahaha

  57. I always carry an extra pair of shoes ( second pair is always lighter like sneakers), last Europe trip my primary boots gave way during a hike , thanks to the backup pair I was able to continue my europe trip without any big issue.

  58. Do you do reverse presentations? Like for people from a country in Europe going to the US? The most thing you talk about are like water under the bridge. But are there some hacks in the US that travelers don't really know about?

  59. Last time I went to Europe, I packed everything for 2 weeks in a rather small carry-on suitcase and a 2-pocket school backpack (my "day bag" purse when empty fit into the front pocket of the suitcase), and neither was even close to full. Other people in my group brought huge suitcases stuffed full that ended up "exploding" in the hotel room and were a huge hassle to pack back up. It was really nice to have everything small and contained, I never wished I had brought more, and despite buying some souvenirs, I still had plenty of room left in both bags on the way home (it was suggested to us to consider checking a suitcase as well so that we would have room for souvenirs, but I knew I wouldn't need to bother). I also didn't have to wait at the baggage claim, which was nice.

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