What a timely topic! I'm just on the verge of test packing for my trip to Portugal and Spain this coming June.
One of the major reasons for packing early this year is to weigh the packed new 20" 36L international bag and the packed new 16L, 2.2oz empty cross-body tote I'll be taking. I have a luggage scale that can weigh in pounds and kilos. I've paid the price for the big bag on my intra-European flights, and depending on the airline I can check it or carry it on. I definitely prefer to carry on. With my bag sizes, weight will be the major issue.
I start thinking about what I'll take as soon as I decide where I'm going. And I can totally relate to the person who said she has lots of travel clothes but still buys more. In fact, anything I buy has to do double duty for traveling in some way.
My typical spring activity is to: 1. solidify what to take on my European trip; 2. pull together the clothes I'll use in WA for my husband's racing; and 3. purge my closet of anything else that I can offer to the 4 daughters and 4 grand daughters who are about my size. This year is a little different because my old Rick Steves convertible carry-on, filled with my NW and racing clothes was stolen from the back seat of our pickup in Salt Lake City on the way home from WA last October. So, I have to replace the clothes I normally used up there. Due to the application and the weather, packing for WA is much "heavier" than packing for Europe, but I'll do most of the shopping for WA in my closet.
Too bad. Combining that with the usual purge items is already meaning that some shopping is required to get as close to the perfect less-is-more carry-on. I'm expecting it to be hot in Portugal and Spain and finding light weight garments that cover my easily sunburned skin is always a challenge.
I'm tempted to just wing it, especially now that I use the Stylicious app to manage the clothing part. But checking off my spreadsheet list is the best for me. Luckily, we have a guest bedroom closet that has nothing in it but the linens for that bedroom. I can hang stage my clothes there and spread out the other stuff on the bed.
I found some KonMari folding references online which I'm going to try. I have to fold my too-big-to-roll clothes to pack them in my compression cubes. What I've seen so far is not too different from what I already do, just better.