I think most Americans tend to overpack for a trip, so I'm going to ask the people from the other side of the pond... when you are going somewhere for like 10 days, how much do you pack? I'm packing up DH's stuff right now for his trip and I KNOW his mom will say he's taking too much. He COULD take less, but why? This way he'll have what he needs and not have to worry about being without something. When my MIL travels, she expects to be able to use her friend's washing machine to do laundry (if she is going home lets say), but otherwise, she just brings a detergent with her and handwashes her clothes every few days. So, for a 2-4 week trip, she would bring 3-5 pairs of underwear, a couple of T-shirts, two shirts and two pants, if winter, a sweater, a spare pair of shoes (dressier usually) and then her HUGE supply of creams and makeup,etc. DH is going and bring enough t-shirts and underwear for the trip, a spare pair of shoes, 4 pairs of socks, two pairs of pants, 3-4 shirts of varying weights, a sweater and then things like gifts, camera, PDA, etc. This seems normal to me, but is that AMERICAN version of normal? Maybe some people don't have underwear for 2 weeks! LOL (I know in poorer countries that's probably a super luxury). I'm just really curious!