When my husband and I decided to quit our regularly scheduled New York City lives and embark on a three-month-long adventure through Southeast Asia, I knew our once-in-a-lifetime experience would come with an equally epic packing list: hiking boots for a trek to the top of Mount Bromo; an evening dress for sparkling drinks at Bangkok’s Sky Bar; a half-dozen bottles of sunscreen for days spent lying on Bali’s beaches; the list goes on and on.  In all, I estimated my packing list could likely top 114 items — an amount unlikely to fit into the 40-liter backpack we’d bought to carry everything I’d need for those 90-odd days. Eek. To say I felt overwhelmed would be an understatement. But I’m hardly the first person to be daunted by packing. It’s a feeling many people get before a vacation, according to Hitha Palepu, author of “How To Pack: Travel Smart For Any Trip” and founder of Hitha On The Go. “There’s a comfort in being home that’s hard to replicate on the road,” she tells me. “You have all your creature comforts: your own bed, your coffee the way you like it, and your whole wardrobe at your disposal. To distill everything that makes you feel you — in a tiny bag — c...