The ultimate goal of packing for any trip is to bring everything you need and not one thing more. In order to achieve this kind of suitcase nirvana, you have to choose clothes that are easily interchangeable in terms of function and color, so that you don’t require as many items. We got some insider packing tips from the New York Times‘ Frugal Traveler, Seth Kugel, who has visited 54 countries in the past five years and learned these lessons the hard way. “When I pack at the last second, it always leads to disaster,” he says.
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