It is pretty standard in the airline industry to allow one carry-on and one personal item per traveler on flights, but checked baggage varies quite a bit.  Given a scenario where you have to pay for checked baggage, packing in one suitcase as a couple is a great idea!

If you don’t travel often or if you’re traveling on a new airline, you’ll want to be sure to check your airlines baggage policy.  Every airline seems to have a slightly different policy in regard to the number of bags one can bring on a trip, the weight allowed per bag, and of course the cost per bag.

So how do you do it?  Well, obviously just like the covers in bed, she gets 90% and you get the other 10% (thank God for your carry-on)!

But really, packing in one suitcase as a couple is a smart, efficient, and cost effective way to travel.  If you’re on the go between planes, trains, and automobiles, the less luggage the better.

So here are our best tips for how to pack in one suitcase as a couple!

How to pack in one suitcase as a couple

– Be Realistic –

You don’t need 7 pairs of jeans for a weeklong trip.  A vacation is supposed to be an escape from home, yet we spend so much money and effort trying to make vacation as much like home as possible.

How to pack in one suitcase as as couple

– Share Hoodies & Jackets –

Jackets are the demise of efficient packing.  Packing more than a couple hoodies/jackets in a suitcase can quickly fill it.  Alex often steals Michael’s hoodies, so why not keep the trend going and make packing easier?  Bring a couple of his hoodies or jackets and you’re both covered.

How to pack in one suitcase as as couple

– Packing Squares –

Packing squares are not only a great way to keep your clothes separated from one another’s but also a great way to pack more clothes into a smaller area.  They also work great for separating clean clothes from dirty laundry on the way home.  Oh and another thing – they’re cheap!

How to pack in one suitcase as as couple

– Wear Sandals –

We honestly wear sandals about 90% of the time but of course some occasions call for shoes.  Plan to wear sandals when appropriate and you’ll save tons of space on shoes and socks.

How to pack in one suitcase as as couple

– Share Toiletries When Possible –

Obviously guys care far less about quality hair products but things like shaving cream, mouth wash, and body wash are super easy to share.  Plan to share toiletries on trips and you’ll save loads of space.

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Over to you!  Do you have any packing tips that work great as a couple?

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Couples Travel Experts at The Blonde Abroad
Hey y’all! We’re Michael Gallagher and Alexandra (Alex) Carson of Couple’s Coordinates! We have partnered with Kiersten to be the go to couples travel experts on The Blonde Abroad as we have been traveling together indefinitely since we left our corporate jobs in June and boarded a one-way flight to Italy. Our goal is to bring you the best tips, advice, and anecdotes from our experience traveling the world as a couple.