We do a lot of “staging.” We put things together that we know we are taking.
We make lists. We use a white board.
We decide early on what we really want to take and we start putting it all in one place.
Big stuff first. Rain boots. Warm clothes. Hiking stuff. Dog food.
We are checking 2 bags and carrying 2 on. The carry on is one backpack with all our personal stuff including 2 laptops. And the other bag with Stella in it.