Overpacking may be one of my worst qualities. As a Marine, my pack during field exercises routinely weighed five to 10 pounds more than others. Now as a travel writer — another job where you’d think light packing would be an essential skill — I check a bag for any trip longer than a weekend.
It’s not that I pack 100 different outfits, necessarily. It’s just that I don’t like wasting travel time doing laundry, and I never want to be somewhere and think, “I wish I hadn’t left that at home!” When you need a new shirt, new socks, and a new set of gym clothes every day, you’ve filled up two-thirds of your suitcase before you even start thinking about dinner clothes.