When we check-in at the airline desk, my family has a competition to see whose suitcase is the lightest. I never win, but over the years, I have found some travel necessities that have lightened my load. I am not trying to endorse any particular company, but there are items out there that have enhanced my trip that others might find helpful. I'll share my secrets if you share yours:
-A down feather puffer jacket that can be rolled up and carried in a small bag when not needed;
-A Scott-e Vest with multiple interior zipped pockets, including one that holds a bottle of water and my i-pad mini - I was able to get so much of my stuff in it that I did not use a handbag, which alleviated the neck strain I would usually get from hours of touring with a heavy purse around my neck.
-Intimate topic but a wonderful travel invention - Ex-officio and Patagonia underwear - lightweight and quick-drying, they have cut down on the amount I need to take and the dirty laundry I accumulate during the course of the trip since I can wash them in the shower, and the next day they are dry. I just take 3 tops and the bottoms, and I am good for two weeks of travel.
-Same with quick dry t-shirts - I just pack a few, wash them in the shower, and I have tops for my entire trip without needing to do laundry or accumulate a pile of dirty clothes.
Did I miss anything?