Spring break is upon us, and we’re headed to Hawaii. A swimsuit, a towel, some sandals, and sunscreen — packing should be simple, right? Or not. We’ll definitely spend plenty of time on the beaches, but we’re also taking our soon-to-be-13 year old nephew to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where it can get downright chilly in the upper elevations.
So, we found ourselves once again packing for multiple climates (see also: Australia in winter!) while limiting ourselves to nothing but carry-ons! Impossible, you say? We were tempted to agree after we piled up everything on our packing list.
But we channeled our inner Rick Steves (who says “you’ll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags: ‘every year I pack heavier'”) and eliminated duplicate items, purged a few more, rolled up our clothes … and everything fit!
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Packing light can help you have a great week or a weekend! Have any favorite packing tips of your own?