I have always used a pack for EDC on my travels, but I have never lived out of a backpack. I am going to south America for 2 1/2 weeks in Feb 2014. I will be staying at 5 different places in this configuration: 1. One night, 2. One night, 3. 4 nights, 4. 5 nights, 5. 5 nights. I am planning to take my Synapse 25 and a smaller handcarry and that's it. I've already practiced packed my pack and it works for my clothing. The Synapse will be my EDC at most locations.
My question has to do with how you manage to organize and keep track of your stuff when you are truly one bag traveling without losing your mind and wishing you had bought and brought a set of Samsonite. I have always used a small rolling bag and taken a pack with me. My suitcase becomes my "dresser" on the road. We will be staying at some pretty funky places that will likely have no place to store clothing when I need to unpack my Synapse for ED use.
I know the question is naive, but please humor an old lady. I would appreciate hearing how others manage this.