There are many benefits to putting all the items that you need in a carry on. Firstly, you don’t have to wait in that long line waiting for your baggage to be checked in, secondly, you can go straight out the airport without having to crane your neck over crowds of people searching for the luggage at the baggage reclaim and lastly, there will be no hassle that your bag will get lost during the complicated process of checking in. So, by having everything in just your carry on only, you can pretty much breeze through the airport, making traveling so much more enjoyable. From the moment I have adapted these rules for myself, traveling to different places has become much simpler and here is how it’s done!
Photography by Sharla Pike
WHAT TO PACK
- Three Bottoms: the three staples – a pair of cool shorts, a stylish pair of jeans and some lovely printed pants
- Six Tops: three t-shirts, two tank tops, one long sleeve shirt (in case of some unexpected cold weather)
- Three Pairs of Shoes: one pair of heels (for the night out), one pair of flats/sandals and a pair of easy-to-walk in trendy boots.
- One Dress: Be sure that this is the kind of dress that can be dressed up for the glamorous might out or dressed down for the casual day out.
- Two Sets of PJs: get a chemise for one set and a cozier pair for the other.
- The Delicates: two skin colored bras, one push up, one sports bra (optional: for those who want to keep active during the vacation) and eight pairs of underwear (notice that I put eight instead of seven – just for extra security in case something goes terribly wrong!)
- Cooler Weather: one comfy cardigan and one chic, yet snuggly jacket.
- Accessories: one belt, one scarf and a couple pieces of statement jewelry to spice up your outfit.
- Cosmetics: whatever your makeup routine is – just make sure that they are labeled in travel size bottles (in my case, I usually only bring cleanser, moisturizer, toner for skincare, and for makeup, I tend to only take with me some foundation and lipstick – but I am a minimalist this way.)
- Two Purses: one cute cross-body and one oversized bag.
Before you even put a single thing into your carry on, lay everything out on the bed/floor. If there is double over any of the items as you scan your eyes over the collection, just toss it. If you aren’t completely sure about it, then it shouldn’t have it’s own place in the precious real estate. I can almost guarantee that you won’t need that “awh … what if?” item.
Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck
COLOR IT UP
Choose a color palette and keep with it. Beige, chocolate brown, metallic. Soft pink, pure white, mint green. This way, each piece can easily be mixed and matched into various stylish combinations, so you won’t have to bring more items than you actually need. Therefore, if there are any items that don’t go well with the rest of your color palette, then just forget it and leave it at home.
Photography by Lark and Linen
- For this one, it may be rather difficult for all the shoe lovers out there. Depending on the time of air (the chilly vs. the steaming), attempt to limit yourself to only three different pairs of shoes. No more. Try and keep them color palette friendly (black, grey, beige, white, dark brown etc.) so that they can easily be worn with any of your outfits.
Photography by White Loft Studio
STICK TO THE BASICS
When you are trying to pack for vacation, try to stick to the basics: simple, stylish white tees, a flattering pair of jeans, a gorgeous skirt that can be dressed up or dressed down, and a stunning jacket that combines beautifully with your color palette. Then when it comes to decorating with accessories, choose some that won’t take up too much space: a statement necklace to spice up your outfit, a lovely pair of earrings and a bold lipstick to give your lips a wonderful pop of color!
Photography by Anaix & Dax
When you go travelling, try to always done your heaviest items on the plane. This is for multiple reasons: by doing this, they would not take up any more space in your bag, your back won’t break from having to lug around all that heavy gear and those full length jeans and trench coat will come in really handy when the air-con from the airplane begins breathing down your neck.
ROLL, NOT FOLD
Hey, if you wanted to conserve space, you should really try to roll your clothes instead of trying to fold them. This has been scientifically tested (not really, but it worked for me!) and it actually helps save a significant amount of space, allowing me to carry extra item (those which I had been previously iffy about due to the problem with space). Not to mention, rolling decreases the chances of fold wrinkles considerably.
When you go travelling, there is that pesky rule that states you can only bring a certain amount. This rule doesn’t only apply to those travelling by air either. This is because if you bring whole bottles of shampoos, conditioners, perfume, makeup, hair styling etc. you are looking at one extremely full and heavy bag! So be sure to purchase a few travel-sized bottles and squeeze an appropriate amount inside each one. Oh, and don’t forget about the labeling to help you differentiate between the different products! There is really, nothing more terrible and albeit, a little crushing to have the fancy perfume you have saved up to buy, confiscated by security if it doesn’t meet the rules.
TOSS THE WALLET
Toss the wallet. When travelling, it is a neat idea to tuck all of your necessities into a smaller, zipped pouch, and put it inside your larger bag, which you then most protect with your own life! Think: passport, itinerary, travel documents, driver’s license, new currency money and credit cards. Anything else in your filled-to-the-brim wallet is not important – at least for now!
Photography by Barefoot Blonde
Place a little cross-body purse with all your other essentials into a bigger purse when travelling. I don’t think anyone would want to lug around a large, oversized bag when they are trying to go sight seeing, but it is rather nice to have some space to keep that iPad, Kindle and scarf while on the go.
Photography by Taylor Barnes Photography
BE TECH SAVVY
Hey, instead of lugging around a thick folder filled with all your itinerary details, personal info etc. how about you download the Evernote app and store every piece of information in one easily accessible ‘go-to’ place? I highly recommend that you email yourself a copy of all the details as well – incase your phone/tablet goes missing, you can easily go and print out the information that you have sent to yourself at a nearby internet cafe! Smart cookie!