When you’re an American expat living in Australia, there is one thing I know when it comes to packing for a trip home to the USA.
Yes, you’re going to take clothing for the exact opposite season. And, yes, you’re going to probably not travel as much like a backpacker. But, neither of those are it.
My biggest and most important tip for packing for the USA is… to take nothing!
Well, obviously, that “nothing” is within reason. I wouldn’t recommend going without a few changes of clothes and some underwear. You know… just enough to make it to the mall to do some shopping.
See, America is a cheap, cheap place. There are so many businesses and so many people that products and services come at competitive prices. And, when you’re living in Australia where the same items cost double or triple the price, America is like a shopping wonderland.
All of my American friends in Sydney travel home with the same motto: bring very little because you’ll come back with twice as much.
So I packed a bag with just enough to get me through Hawaii and on to a much colder climate in Illinois.
In the first photo above, you can see that I have my Ebags Mother Lode Weekender Convertible bag packed with a packing cube of clothes, a bag of electronics, a cute toiletries bag (with my gotoob travel bottles), my fold-up Tieks ballet flats, and some Flipsters Fold-up Flip Flops.
Next to the bag is my stuffable Baggu daypack that I used to hold my pashmina, book, Macbook, camera and small purse. It acted as my personal item for my flights.
Here’s what I looked like on my way out the door in Australia. Not bad, eh?
Even better was that this getup was carry-on friendly on all my flights. Go me! This saved me a few extra bucks on baggage charges on the trip to Hawaii and on to Illinois.
For the ride home, my backpack expands to a 60 liter capacity, and my extra cabin bag will definitely come in handy. I’m excited to show you what my baggage looks like for the way home to Australia after I leave Peoria on Friday… so, stay tuned!
Until then, I’m off to the mall to do some major shopping!
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