It only takes losing your baggage once to make you rethink your packing strategies. Or at least it did for me.
When I first began flying my only concept for how to pack was, of course, to check a bag. I had this mentality of I’d rather pack it and not need it versus needing it and not having it. Although that mentality does work in certain situations, however packing for travel it does not. I always found myself packing more than I needed, not having enough room for the things I wanted to bring home, and having the struggle of toting around a massive bag around. I mean, for a girls trip to Vegas for three days (THREE DAYS, people!) I had a checked bag just for shoes. Oh, and I only wore one pair along with sandals the whole trip.
Flash forward a few years later, plus the addition of my husband, and I quickly learned a more efficient way to travel: a carry on. One thing my husband and I immediately bonded over when we met was our love for travel. The thought of packing a bag, jumping on the next flight and jet setting to who-knows-where was, and continues to be, an exhilarating idea. However, the way in which we traveled couldn’t have been more different. He was capable of packing everything he would need neatly into his Jack Spade duffle bag whereas I had a hard time just thinking about how I would fit everything into my newly purchased carry on.
Pros to Carrying On:
+ No checked bag fee
+ No potential lost baggage
+ Quicker getting in/out of an airport
Plan & Coordinate
I will always make the case that it’s much harder for women to pack a carry on than a man simply because we have outfits that need to be practical, comfortable and, of course, cute. Whereas men, they can wear the same shirt and shorts all throughout their trip with no problems. With this being said, us ladies have to get creative and resourceful when planning outfits to pack. Here are a few well known tips:
+ To get the most out of the space in your bag, plan and coordinate outfits that share common pieces.
+ Always pack the basics such as camisoles, cardigans, neutral shirts and jeans (don’t forget your underwear and bras!)
+ Dresses are easy outfits to pack and they work for warm or cold weather!
+ Pack accessories such as jewelry, scarves, tights, or hats.
+ Use Pinterest for outfit inspiration!
+ Always check the weather prior to packing so you know what to prepare for. It’s a no-brainer but a step that’s easily forgotten.
Saving Space & Packing Smart
The ultimate key to fitting multiple outfits in a carry on is about how you pack it all. Be smart and try to fold, roll, or squeeze as much as you can to make room for your clothes. Also, consider wearing larger items like boots and outerwear while flying rather than packing them in your luggage to save room.
+ Save space by rolling your clothes, bag them using gallon-sized ziplock bags or use packing cubes.
+ Take 2-3 pairs of different shoes depending on where you’re going and reuse them for different outfits.
+ Use a shower cap or bags to keep shoes from getting your packed clothes dirty.
+ Plan a comfy airport outfit and think in layers.
Put Your Large Purse To Work
If you don’t have a larger tote or purse it would be wise to invest in one. I highly recommend Longchamp personally because mine have been everywhere with me and I use them as my work purse when not traveling. Longchamp totes are durable, waterproof and don’t have flashy labels, which is great for traveling overseas. They are easy to clean too!
What’s in my bag?
+ My iPhone (always) and sometimes my iPad for entertainment.
+ Earbuds for the plane.
+ Wallet on hand that’s easily accessible for when navigating the airport.
+ Sunglasses and my regular glasses.
Keep room for:
+ Any snacks or drinks purchased after the security checkpoint
+ Magazines or books
+ Anything your husband wants you to carry 😉
Do you have any travel hacks or tips to share? What are your favorites that you know are tried and true?