Packing for tall guy

We will be on a two week trip in France. My husband is tall and it is a challenge to pack in a 22" suitcase. Are folders my best bet to keep him organized? That is the other issue. Half-way through a trip he doesn't know what is clean or dirty. Any tall guys out there?

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
12366 posts

Define tall !!!!! I don't have any trouble with dirty and clean. Carry a white, kitchen trash bag. Dirty go into trash bag. Clean clothes remain folded in the bag. Since we are hand washing (rinsing) nightly, don't accumulated a lot of dirty clothes.

Posted by Lo
Tucson
1217 posts

Your best bet would be to pack light and plan to do laundry. In 2 weeks, you could do laundry for yourself, or have it done for you, at least once if you are going to be in any one place for a couple of days. That would allow you to pack for only a week. We are not particularly tall (5'8", 5'11"), but we are both XXL people, so we have similar challenges. We pack for "a week and a day." We coordinate everything so it's easy to put things together on our month-long trips.

  • I am not a hand-washing fan and only do it when I absolutely have to. If we are in an apartment with a washer, we run a load almost daily. If not, we make a trip to the laundromat, self-service or otherwise, once a week. It may sound like a pain, but it really is an opportunity to slow down a bit, see how people who live there handle this chore and sometimes meet some of them or other travelers. Specific to France, we have used public laundry facilities in Paris, Carcassonne, Belleme and Annecy. Our B&B owners in Sarlat did it for us for free (!). We've had washers in apartments in Paris and Aix-en-Provence.
  • An example: We hit Annecy with almost nothing clean. We found the self-service laundry and went to it on a Saturday morning. I was sure it would be cram-packed with people, but there was only one person there. During the time it took to wash and dry our clothes, a few younger and older residents came and went with their stuff. None both washed and dried it. Some came with it wet and dried it, some washed it and took it home. There was a variety of sizes of washers and dryers from tiny to enormous. The only people who did the whole job were some Aussies similar to our age who came in quite awhile after us. Joke on me -- I was struggling so hard with the French instructions that I failed to notice that they were in English, too.
  • As to the packing, I have a 22" spinner which means the bag itself is only 20". My husband uses an RS convertible backpack now 5 years old. I converted to packing cubes a few years ago and love them. It's amazing how many items, folded or rolled, they will hold. You will find lots of info on them, but my favorite part is that I can take them out, put them in drawers in the room and keep things neat and tidy. I can also fold my dirty clothes into one to keep them separate if needed. However, because we normally do our own laundry, we carry a mesh bag to put the dirty clothes in. When it's time to do the laundry we put it in an empty piece of luggage and take it to the laundry. Many of the people you see on the street with backpacks or roller bags are actually taking their dirty clothes to wash or get washed.
Posted by Adam
Boston
2923 posts

He's just got to pack less. The same as everyone really.
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If he wears 1 shirt/pants and carries 2 more, the extra volume of the extra cloth represented by his size is insignificant.
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His height is not the significant factor, in other words.

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
2406 posts

Christine,

There shouldnt be any dif for tall vs not.

get a garbage bag for dirty clothes as mentioned. or you can get a "stuff bag" or whatever floats your boat. You can even turn them inside out to signify "dirty".

but, personally, i just pack them in a stuff bag so i can take it to the laundry when i want and i have something to bring them back.

for 2 weeks, you dont need alto of clothes, i would bring enough for 1 or 2 changes and do laundry along the way somewhere..

happy trails.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
12366 posts

Christine may also be using tall as a code word for big. I am 6-2", 200, with normal size clothing for it is not a problem for me. Cousin is a former SF football lineman - 6-4, 325. Big difference. One pair of his pants probably weigh and takes up as much space as my three pairs of my pants. For him a 29" carry-on bag looks about right. And he can handle it easily.

Posted by Christine
Westlake, OH, United States
11 posts

I am looking for a packing method to keep slacks and shirts organized with a minimum of wrinkles. are packing folders the way to go?

Posted by Christi
Whitsett, TX, United States
808 posts

I actually prefer the cubes to the folders as they take less room (the folders have a stiff bottom) and still keep folded shirts folded and fairly wrinkle free. I pack lighter weight shirts and mist them with water take out any wrinkles before hubby gets dressed. The pants I put in the bottom of the suitcase with the cubes on top. You should be able to get 2 - 3 prs of pants and 6 shirts plus underthings no problem. Do laundry once in two weeks - no problem. Pack a plastic bag for laundry - we use one that compresses by rolling it.

Posted by Lo
Tucson
1217 posts

Frank, what airline allows a 29" carry on bag? I thought 22" was the limit just about everywhere.

Posted by Paul
Morrilton, AR, US
59 posts

I do as does Christi------pants at bottom of case----shirts 6-8 in packing cube------underware socks in half cube
I'm 6'2' ---275 lbs so everything is 2xlt sized

Paul

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
2406 posts

" I am looking for a packing method to keep slacks and shirts organized with a minimum of wrinkles. are packing folders the way to go?"

what i do is to fold my clothes so that they will lay as flat as possible on the bottom (the side against my back - largest area) of my backpack/bag. I may have to fold them differently. Same with my LS travel shirts.

i have "rolled" my clothes too, but i "think" they come out more wrinkled - just my opinion.

happy trails.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
12366 posts

We like the packing folders. It keeps all of our pants and shirts very wrinkle free but will be heavily creased where folded. Everything is packed in something else. Shirts and pants in a folding envelop. Underwear, socks, t-shirts, etc., mostly in 2 gal, freezer, zip lock bags. The packing cubes for us do not compress as nicely as the zip lock bags.