I LOVE going carry-on only when I travel and recently did so on my trip to Bangkok for a week. I wrote down everything I packed so I could share it here and give some carry-on packing tips and what to have on your carry-on packing list.
Easy Carry-on Packing List
Rolling 19 Inch Luggage, Carry-on Luggage Review
It’s so important to get the right luggage for this! I use my 19 inch international standard hard cover Delsey bag which I have in silver. I have the matching big one as well and I really love them. You can get larger carry-ons which I’ve had before, but to be safe I always use this one now.
Carry On Luggage Review | Perks of Delsey:
Four-wheel spinners instead of two make it easier to walk with.
The front part zips to open forward to slide in magazines, laptop, and makes getting organized on the plane and getting things out for security a lot easier than having to unzip your whole carry-on.
The inside has a zippered off section on half to keep things firmly in place.
There are a couple small sneaky pockets.
It expands and can actually become huge and hold a lot of weight, which would mean being checked on the way home- but it’s nice to have that option.
Huge Ass Purse
You get a personal item, and your purse can be pretty big I’ve come to realize. Men can actually take a carry-on rolley bag and a laptop bag, so you can definitely take a laptop size purse. I usually go for Fossil when I carry normal size purses.
Things to put in your giant purse:
Little bag with all your charging cords
Pillow & eye mask if a long flight
Scarf & socks because flights are absurdly cold and I’m still not sure why.
I keep a clutch or smaller purse inside my big purse for when I get to my destination. It’ll have all the good things: wallet with ID, money, cards, passport, small jewelry bag, phone, trip itinerary probably saved to PDF on your phone, lip gloss, chapstick, and a pen!
What to Put IN the suitcase
Alright so far so good, right? You have a lot of stuff and it’s all in your personal bag, so now we have got to fill up your big suitcase. The key is to actually pick out your outfits and only take the exact number you know you have to wear.
If you’re going somewhere hot:
The absolute easiest way to pack is to take dresses. If you have a 7 day trip, take 5 dresses, one pair of shorts, 3 tank tops, some work out clothes, a kimono, and call it a day! You can add in cute sandals and a pair of heels.
You have got to be sure to pack at least two bikinis, although I tend to take three because I’m an addict. Right now, my favorites are by Cenote Swimwear, a company out of Australia that I found on Instagram. I seriously follow about 50 swimsuit brands’ Instagrams… I told you, I am an addict. It was started by a couple girls who got inspired traveling in Central and South America and loved the Brazilian cut swimsuits. I love supporting other girls who were inspired by travel to create a new business!
From their website: “A road trip surfing our way down the PanAm highway in Central America saw long lazy days swinging in hammocks, hours laying out at sea on our surf boards, drinking coconuts, watching sunsets, dancing salsa until early hours, people watching in Rio de Janeiro, and absorbing the vibrant and colourful Latin culture. With such amazing and diverse inspiration around us we drew on this amazing energy and the ideas grew.”
If you’re going somewhere cold:
Take your favorite 2 pairs of skinny jeans, 7 tops to wear with them, some black ankle boots and brown knee-high boots OR cute shoes like burlap Toms, a sweater, work out clothes, a leather jacket, and a thick scarf. You could throw in one dress and leggings as well. Your big scarf should be the scarf you put in your “personal” item bag.
I’m sure you know by now your favorite brands and I know I’ve shared mine over time so I won’t list them all again (you can see a list here of some of my favorite beauty products).
*Check out this post on beauty products that defeat looking like you’ve got jet lag and tips on preventing jet lag in the first place.
Carry-on Packing Tips for you soon to be pro-packers
Packing carry-on only is NOT the time to pack something you haven’t worn yet but really want to wear and think ____ might be the perfect place for it plus it’ll look good in photos…nope, leave it at home.
Do not forget to pack your travel insurance copy or have it saved as a PDF on your phone or in your emails at least. Passport, Kindle, and travel insurance… three of the most important things!
Don’t forget hair ties, a clip, and some bobby pins.
You could do a carry-on duffel bag if you want and if you have weird shaped things going inside. Just make sure that it can fit inside the carry-on restrictions for your airline.
Pack snacks! You ALWAYS need snacks. I don’t even go to the grocery store without packing snacks… ;)
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