Whoever coined the phrase ”you can’t take it with you” has obviously never seen me try to pack a suitcase.
My rule of thumb is to have one outfit for every day I will be away, plus a few extra outfits in case I happen to be in the direct path of a ketchup factory explosion or I’m called upon to referee a mud wrestling competition. Throw in a couple of outfits for evening wear, several pairs of shoes, toiletries and an umbrella, and I feel reasonably prepared. If there’s room for a set of jumper cables, I’ll add that too. It’s a little-known fact (which I just made up) that I’m the inspiration for the old American Express tag line: “Don’t leave home without it.”