Far and Familiar

Inside Our Checked Luggage

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We’re headed to Buenos Aires this weekend! We’ll be there for 12 days and decided we will take one bag of checked luggage with us for our journey. We are also going to hop across the Atlantic on a ferry to Uruguay during the week, so we need to pack clothes for city and beach travel.

If you search the internet for packing tips, most bloggers discuss the importance of packing light. Let’s just say – it is easier said than done.

rolled clothes for packing checked luggage

For our trip to South America, we started using packing cubes. These humble containers are the epitome of a packing life-saver. It’s like having drawers in your luggage! The eBag packing cubes keep clothes neatly folded and organized. No need to rifle through the contents of your bag anymore. These cubes greatly reduce our stress when it come to packing and traveling with checked luggage. Praise the luggage gods!

eBags stacked

All of our clothes fit into six packing cubes!

Nonetheless, the burning questions remain. What do I bring? What am I going to wear next weekend? I can’t think that far ahead! Should I bring more toothpaste? What if our luggage gets lost? 

Take a look at what is inside our checked luggage and use our lists to reduce your packing stress. Our lists detail everything you need to pack when traveling as a couple and sharing one suitcase for a 12 day trip!

clothing for checked luggage packing

Clothing – For the Guy
  • 5 T-shirts
  • 1 collared shirt
  • 2 pairs of jeans – one pair of blue & one pair of black
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 3 pairs of pajamas
  • 12 pairs of underwear
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 8 pairs of socks
  • 1 sweatshirt or jacket
  • Sneakers
  • Shower flipflops
  • Sandals
Clothing – For the Gal
  • 7 shirts/blouses
  • 3 camis
  • 2 pairs of jeans – blue & black
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 2 dresses
  • 3 pairs of pajamas
  • 12 pairs of underwear
  • 2 bras
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 1 cardigan
  • 1 jacket
  • Sneakers
  • Flats
  • Shower flipflops
  • Sandals

    Rolled clothing for luggage

    Packing Pro Tip: Roll your clothing! This will maximum space in your luggage, even if you are using packing cubes.

Toiletries – Shared
  • 1 tube of toothpaste
  • 1 bottle of body wash
  • 1 small bottle of shampoo
  • 1 small bottle of conditioner
  • Sunscreen
  • 1 pack of bandaids
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Advil
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Tissues
Toiletries – For the Guy
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 razor
  • Contacts & cleaning solution
Toiletries – For the Gal
  • 1 toothbrush
  • Makeup
  • Makeup remover
  • 1 small stick of deodorant
  • Face wash
  • 1 Razor
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties & clips
  • Plastic bags – great for wrapping up shoes & sorting dirty clothes!
  • Ziploc bags – we use them to keep electronics organized and toiletries contained in case they explode on the plane
  • Travel adapters
  • Packing cubes
  • Travel towels

    baggage lock for luggage

    Packing Pro Tip: Always lock your checked luggage

  • Baggage Locks – we always lock our checked luggage. Once you part with your bag, you no longer know who will be handling it. The locks give us additional peace of mind while flying. These locks are also TSA approved meaning they won’t cut the cable if the bag requires inspection.
  • TravelTag – There’s always the anxiety associated with checked luggage that the airline will lose or delay the bag. TravelTag is a small Bluetooth device (pictured below) that tracks checked luggage and alerts us through the its app when our luggage arrives to the carousel! Instead of pushing our way to the carousel and waiting impatiently for our bags to arrive, we’ll be able to relax while we wait for TravelTag to alert us that it is time to grab our luggage and explore Buenos Aires.
traveltag for luggage

Packing Pro Tip: Use TravelTag to keep tabs on your luggage

When traveling we need to plan for the best and for the worst. This is why we always bring an additional change of clothes, our electronics, chargers, an adapter, medicine, and can’t-live-without toiletries in our carry-on backpacks.

Packing one piece of checked luggage as a couple is simple if you make a list, roll your clothes, and use packing cubes. It’s taken us a few trips of trial and error to nail down our preferred packing methods, but we think we’ve finally figured it out!

eBags in checked luggage

Look how beautiful it is!

Do you prefer to check luggage or carry it on? 

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