A s you may have noticed from my most recent blog posts, I took a trip to Toronto ! Not only was it my first time visiting the city, it was also my first time squeezing a weekend worth of items into a carry-on.
In the past, I’ve always traveled with a checked bag, but I also tend to always fly with the same airline with no baggage fees. On my way to Toronto, I tried a completely different airline and of course, all baggage had to be paid for unless you had a carry-on.
So instantly I thought,
“No fees for a carry-on? I’m gonna squeeze all my sh*t in there”.
Then it turned into, “How the hell am I gonna do that? I travel with 20 different outfits and a thousand shoe options!”
To my surprise, after a bit of trial and error, I successfully packed a weekend into a carry-on with these 10 tips.
01. CHECK AIRLINE RULES
Before starting to pack, take a few minutes to visit the airline’s website to see what restrictions are in place regarding carry-on luggage. Review those restrictions before you begin packing to prevent getting to the airport and having any issues. The last thing you need is to get to the airport and your carry-on luggage is overweight and you have to pay.
02. CREATE A LIST
Before you get started, create a list of things you need to pack. The key with successfully packing in a carry-on is only bringing the bare minimum with no extras. By having a list, you can make sure you have everything you need and leave everything you don’t need at home.
03. NEEDS VS WANTS
After you’ve created your list, take a moment and go through it. Any item that is not a necessity, remove it from the list. When packing in a carry-on, you have to become a minimalist whether that’s your thing or not.
You don’t need two eyeshadow palettes, bring one.
Do you really need three pairs of the same colored high heels? probably not.
04. BRING A PERSONAL ITEM
Most airlines allow a carry-on PLUS one personal item like a purse or a laptop bag. Do not leave your personal item behind! Bring a tote bag that can fit under the seat in front of you and take advantage of the additional space. My personal favorite tote to bring when traveling is this one.
05. MIX AND MATCH OUTFITS
The easiest way to make multiple outfits is to bring basic tops and bottoms to mix and match. The best thing you can do is stick to a color scheme that matches the shoes you bring. By sticking to a color scheme, you will only need to bring 1-2 pairs of shoes in your carry-on not including the shoes you are wearing on the plane.
06. ROMPERS & JUMPSUITS
I love rompers and jumpsuits, mainly because I can be a bit lazy and don’t like figuring out a top and bottom combination. Not only are rompers and jumpsuits great for the lazy days, but they are also my favorite to bring on vacation. Since rompers and jumpsuits are a whole outfit in one, opt for more rompers and jumpsuits!
07. ROLL INSTEAD OF FOLD
This is an oldie, but goodie tip. Rolling your items in your suitcase allows for more space and allow for some organization too.
08. WEAR YOUR HEAVIEST ITEMS
The easiest way to minimize the weight in your carry-on is to wear your heaviest items on the plane.
Need to bring boots? Wear them on the plane.
Need to bring a jacket? Wear it on the plane.
Need to bring jeans? Depending on the quality, they can be quite heavy so, wear them on the plane too.
09. SWAP LIQUIDS FOR SOLIDS
There are TSA restrictions on the amount of liquids you can bring with you in your carry – on. If you are worried about having to many liquids, replace liquid items with solids.
Instead of choosing body wash, use a bar soap.
Instead of liquid foundation, choose a powder.
10. WEIGH BEFORE LEAVING
If you have a scale, weigh your carry-on before you leave to the airport and add two to three pounds to whatever your scale says. Not all airlines have a weight limit for a carry-on, but some do.
WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR PACKING IN A CARRY-ON?