One of the many things that my hubby has been trying to teach me is to pack light. The concept is still quite alien to me. See, I bring one week worth of clothes for Kara for an overnight stay at a friend's house. I guess, that's too much. LOL.
Good thing, Adi prepared a guideline for what we call our "Everyday Carry", i.e. items that we can carry and put in the car on a consistent basis to assist in dealing with normal needs and for those spur of the moment plans to hit the beach or visit relatives with our little girl.
The most important criteria for our EDC is Functionality (for example - diapers are of course functional - I will go insane if we don't have any diapers while in the middle of nowhere).
The next criteria that we considered are the following:
Coordination: How do i make my baby's experience with me as comfortable as possible? Balance: How easy is it to carry, use, and put away? Flexibility: How easy is it to scale our gear up or down depending on our needs?