Traveling for the holidays can cause even the most stalwart adventurer to lose her cool. There’s the weather to contend with. Gifts to wrap and pack, and then rewrap (if the TSA stops you, and they will). Uncomfortable conversations with family members that usually ensue after the eggnog or grog has been tucked into a few times. And the luggage: How does one pack for a trip where there are so many variables like climate and impromptu parties? How can you plan what to bring when your bags swell and then shrink from gift-giving and receiving?
We asked luggage guru Joan Robinson of Rick Steves’ Europe for some advice. Robinson teaches classes on the science (and the art) of packing. Here’s what she had to say.
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