I think 6 months is my limit. Even approaching the 5 1/2 - 6 month mark, I start to feel really antsy; like I need to get up and go somewhere.
On this trip, I'll be headed to Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.
This trip has been a little difficult to pack for. I'm going to a cold and windy Chicago, to a warm SanFran, and then wet but fairly temperate Portland and Seattle. For a 42L backpack, this is not easy! I have a few multitasking pieces. My North Face is wind and water resistant, and pretty warm as long as I layer-- but won't make me sweat bullets if I need to wear it in the rainy, mild Pacific Northwest.
Rolling, not folding. No "going out clothes." Yes to fancy necklaces to dress up my casual clothes should I decide to go out. Three pairs of shoes.
BOOM! Let's go....