We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For overseas travel, we tend to travel heavy. If we're on ships and boats, or renting a car, it's pretty easy to travel heavy except when banging around airports.
We travel heavy because we do so many different things, from dressed-up to rough hiking, and everything in-between. We are partial to staying in tenutas in the countryside, and boutique hotels in town where they have overnight laundry service. Never really tried traveling light since our youth.
For our upcoming trip, we decided it made more sense to forget the Costco International car rental (which we highly recommend) and just to train it between cities even though I enjoy driving in Europe and getting lost usually leads to interesting adventures.
Traveling light means some form of carry-on-sized luggage, and an additional bag of stuff to hand-carry for which I usually use a large LL Bean tote bag containing reading stuff, a smaller day bag or briefcase that I stuff in there, camera, etc. Airlines never seem to mind that bag. I don't bother with laptop for recreation travel.
So my airplane plan is to wear the blazer and tie (which I like to wear traveling anyway because you get treated better if you look good), my largest hiking shoes, maybe a light jacket, wear the hat, etc. and to put other stuff in a carry-on.
But what sort? Gotta figure on needing a couple of dress shirts, nice shoes, polo shirts, toiletries, a few pairs of trousers, etc. No rain gear or sweater needed on this trip.
Light travelling for me is 1-2 pairs of cotton pants or shorts (depending on destination), some polos or t-shirts, a pair of shoes or sandals, and some toiletries.
Plus reading material and camera in the carry on.
Pack a towel, wash cloth, and laundry detergent if going to places where you won't be guaranteed to have those available.
And just wear a pair of jeans, a shirt, and some slippers for the flight.
Depending on climate at destination and origin, also wear a coat (either summer or winter), and pack a plastic rain coat if you expect to need it.
Having been severely questioned on several occasions about my "wheels" being slightly outside of the box, I have decided to go for this item:
This will be my carryon. I figure if I can what I need for five days and carry it on board that is the best way. For me the concern is weight. Many international flights now have a limit of 15 pounds for the overhead locker. But, you two are in such good shape now it won't be a problem for you to lift 15 pounds overhead ! ;-) Be smart and pay for a premium economy ticket, or a business class ticket. That way you can have two carry on sized pieces,plus whatever else you have as a flat piece. DH and I have worked out that I will have one roll aboard and one Vera Bradley quilt type bag that folds very flat and passes as my "personal piece". We go through security wearing all the coats etc. But, once inside the waiting area we can take off our coats, etc. and stuff them into the soft bag. It helps to keep things organized in the overhead locker, and we are not so liable to loose something up there.