live out of a/(one's) suitcase

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live out of a/(one's) suitcase

To only have the clothes and personal items in one's suitcase(s) available to one. I'm on the road for three months at a time for work, so I've gotten pretty used to living out of a suitcase. Sarah's been living out of her suitcases in her brother's apartment ever since getting evicted from her house.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

live out of a suitcase

Fig. to stay very briefly in several places, never unpacking one's luggage. I hate living out of a suitcase. For my next vacation, I want to go to just one place and stay there the whole time.
See also: live, of, out, suitcase
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

live out of a suitcase

live or stay somewhere on a temporary basis and with only a limited selection of your belongings, typically because your occupation requires a great deal of travelling.
See also: live, of, out, suitcase
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And with the rain in Bulgaria clearing war out of our minds, we were left hopeful for more moments of sunshine and marble, In between it all, we lived out of our suitcases and saw what Western European skate tours often overlook--the Eastern Bloc sisters.
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