Nowadays flights are relatively well priced and the thing that really gets you spending money while traveling are the baggage fees! A checked-in suitcase can cost you an extra 50$ and if it’s overweight you are DONE. Because of this, I have become a pro at fitting everything in one little carry on for trips that last weeks. Having just a carry on not only reduces the costs of packing for a trip but also reduces the stress. I find that when I have limited space I’m more strategic in my packing and put more thought into what I bring. With this mentality I rarely forget things and when I’m choosing my outfit for the day it is an easy choice.
I know for some people packing only a carry on sounds crazy, but honestly, once you start you will never go back! There are so many pros of just packing a carry on a suitcase; no fear of lost luggage, no airport employees tossing your bag and breaking stuff, no waiting after landing for your luggage and the list goes on. Just note that this post is about packing for warm-weather travel, packing a carry on for colder climates is slightly different but remember layers are your best friend! I have had a t-shirt, sweater, hoodie, winter jacket and scarf all on me at the airport in order to not pack large luggage.
Now that raved about packing light, I’m going to tell you exactly what I would pack for a week-long getaway in my carry on.
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The carry-on you use is very important. You’re going to be taking it all around so it better be easy to maneuver. I LOVE the carry-ons with four, 360-degree wheels, they are so much easier to move and feel so light.
Packing clothes is the hardest part. I always think I’m going to need so much stuff and have so many “what if” thoughts. But honestly, if you pack the basics you will most likely survive & if you REALLY need something you can buy it there. For example, if you are going somewhere and the forecast says rain, don’t take up half your carry on with a raincoat, buy a cheap umbrella there.
Beauty & Health
This part of packing will be very different depending on who you are and what you need in your daily beauty routines and what health products you need.
But I will give you an outline of a list, where you can add or subtract things depending on your situation. A really good packing hack is the use of clear toiletries and makeup bags. I use clear makeup and toiletries bags because I’ve noticed airports getting more strict on liquids being in clear bags. This way all your liquids are in clear bags so you can get through quicker. I also pack a travel toothbrush that folds up.
Note: All liquids are “mini” aka under 100ml.
You are also allowed to bring one personal item while traveling, it could be a purse or a little bag, I bring my little backpack. This holds all my electronics such as my phone, computer, plug adapters, chargers as well as my passport, wallet, snacks, water and any other little things I may be bringing. Some of my backpack must-haves are pictured below!
With only this, I always have an amazing time! I think we sometimes put too much thought into how we look on vacation when we should just be enjoying ourselves. As long as you have your phone, passport, and money everything will be fine.
Do you travel with only a carry on? If so, did I cover everything you bring as well?
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