Tips for Traveling Light: How to Pack a Carry On
Tips for Traveling Light: How to Pack your Carry OnSee the first post in the Tips for Traveling Light series here.
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Let's talk a little more about travel. I shared my tips for traveling light in my last post but today I want to share exactly what I pack and how I pack it so you can see that it is indeed possible to never have to pay to check your luggage ever ever again!
(1) My Typical Wardrobe
This is what I would normally bring with me when traveling. The only thing not pictured is my blazer, which I usually wear on the plane but I will show you how to pack it below to take up virtually no room in your suitcase!
Left to Right we have:
- Nude tank top to wear under anything possibly see through
- Light Skinnies
- Dark Skinnies
- Colorful graphic tank
- Solid Color Tee
- Solid Color Tank
- Striped Tee
- Gray Tunic
- Pajama Pants/Shirt
- Undies (Don't ever forget your undies! I've roomed with people who did - it happens!)
(2) The Importance of Bundle Packing
I'm going to show you why I bundle pack in one simple picture:
Yes. That is all of my clothes, including the blazer you did not see pictured above, in one tiny, nice, neat little 13" x 13" bundle that is about the same depth as my suitcase. I'm telling you, bundle packing is the way to go. Learn how here.
(4) The Plastic Baggie
First, forget the zip-lock baggie and invest in a Rume bag for your security screened liquids, gels, and soaps. You can fit way more in these bags, plus they are TSA approved even though they are not see through, if you have something you want to travel with that maybe you don't want to announce to the entire TSA staff. ;)
Here is what goes in mine:
- Essential Oils
- Dry Shampoo
- Contact Solution
- Contact case with Day/Night Moisturizer
- Contact case with Hair Product
- Lip Gloss
- Lash Glue
- *Not picture: My facewash, which is a travel size container of Peter Thomas Roth, and I'm freaking out because I cannot find it.
(4) The Toiletry Bag
Keeping my toiletries organized is a big timesaver for me while I'm traveling so I always keep them in this handy Thirty-One tote. With zippered clear compartments, handy loops, and a strap I can hook to a towel bar easily, this little bag is a dream for someone like me who likes to keep their life and their travel things in their place!
- Nutrogena Face Wipes
- Razor (Yes, you can carry these on! I do it all the time!)
- Travel Q-Tip case (Which I stock with Q-tips, bobby pins, and one hair tie)
- Lash Strips
- Glasses and Contact case
- Eyebrow Pencil
- Concealer Brush
(4) Packed, with Room to Spare
I pack everything in the main body of my suitcase, including my trusty gray booties and my flat iron. Keep in mind that I also have an outfit that I'm traveling in and I usually wear a cute pair of flats for a second shoe option and tuck a pair of flip flops in the front zipper pocket of my suitcase. I could survive for at least 4-5 days on this suitcase if I had to!
Next I'll share why I travel with those oils and my favorite way to transport them!