Packing a Carry-On… the Right Way

The title of this post might be misleading because if you know me then you know that I am in no way a smart packer! But I’m definitely working on it. I’m the type of girl to pack a full sized suitcase for a week of travel or a carry-on suitcase for a 2-day retreat. Yup, no self control. Overpacking used to be my specialty, but I’m changing my ways. I’ve realized that overpacking doesn’t do anything for me except give me more options to stress out over! So I’ve decided to share my tips on how to pack a carry-on the right way.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be flying out to Toronto for a business trip and since I’m only going to be there for 4 days, all I get is a carry-on bag and a personal… I’m up for the challenge! Although it did take me a little longer to pack when keeping all of these points in mind…. and by a little longer I mean 2 hours. But I’ll get the hang of it eventually 😉

  1. Pack outfits not options. For a 4-day, 3-night stay I decided to pack outfits for the following: 3 business show days, 1 workout, 2 dinners, pyjamas, and a comfy outfit for the hotel.
Imagine the possibilities if we were all to have unlimited suitcase space..

2. Pack double-duty pieces that are all a part of the same colour palette. Most of my clothing is monochromatic or completely black so therefore this part isn’t hard for me. All I have to do is pack pieces that I can mix-and-match with each other in different outfits.

3. Do not pack unnecessary items. Yes, I mean that gigantic bottle of shampoo/conditioner that you love. The hotel or place you’re staying will most likely provide these for you, but if you’re picky like me then you can purchase some travel-sized bottles from the dollar store and fill them only with what you need for the trip. Other unnecessary items might include blow dryers, towels, face cloths, 10 pairs of shoes etc. Also remember that you can only bring liquid bottles up to 100mL in a carry-on!

4. Limit your shoe options. Once again, choose shoes that you know you can wear more than once. I personally love white sneakers, so a pair of Adidas Superstars will work perfectly with different outfits. Pack your shoes at the bottom of your luggage in a bag that will prevent them from dirtying your clothing!

5. Roll your clothing. As you can see in my photo, rolling your clothes makes them smaller and can save you room in your luggage for bulkier items. Yes you’re probably thinking that your clothes will get wrinkled, but what hotel doesn’t have an iron you can use! If there are more delicate items then simply fold them and lay them on the top.

And how you might ask, does one travel with such a small amount of clothing? Black is the answer.

6. Pack a personal bag. This is the best part of packing in my opinion. Being allowed a carry-on AND a personal bag (such as a purse or backpack) does wonders for an overpacker like myself. Put the items that you will need easier access to in your personal such as your wallet, chargers, iPads or tablets, basic makeup, Advil or Tylenol, magazines, and sunglasses! I also like to keep my personal organized by placing smaller items in a little bag.

Ready to fly!

I hope my tips help you out on your next little getaway or business trip!




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