I travel sort of a lot for someone whose job does not demand it. As luck would have it, I don't consider packing the chore most people do. I view it as my own personal challenge.
Can you fit everything you could possibly need for X number of days into the smallest bag possible?
In my various travels, I stick to carry on only. I mean, why spend the extra time checking your bag only to run the risk of it winding up on consignment in Alabama. (If you don't believe that's where your "lost" baggage goes, read this article by Rebekah Sanderlin.)
I might, maybe, risk of losing my luggage on a return trip, but never on my way to a destination. I don't want to wait three days for a change of clothes, especially considering the fact that most of my travels occur over a 3 to 5 day period.
"So how does one pack for an entire week, in less than two feet of space?" you ask. Let me tell you.
Roll it. Pack it. Mark it with a B . . .
Oh wait, that's not how it goes. But yes, roll it then pack it.
I have been a rolling devotee since the days of my childhood when it was necessary to pack for a month of summer vacation sharing one suitcase with both my sisters. Yes. That means three girls. One suitcase. Mama had to pack that bag. God bless her. She's the one who taught me how to roll. I don't know where she learned it. Maybe it was her days as an Army Brat.
If you've never rolled before, you can find plenty of You Tube videos courtesy of our US military personnel giving you step-by-step instructions.
I say, "If it works for apple pie and the military of the U.S. of A, it works for me."
I depart today with my one carry-on bag any my one personal item. Come back tomorrow for more on how to pack that personal item to your advantage.