How to Pack a Week of Clothes in a Carry-on
Isn't it the best!? We actually don't travel often but when we do, it's such a special treat for us. Having three young children makes it difficult to travel but we made a decision last year that we would spend a week away - just my husband and I to celebrate our anniversary and my 30th birthday. We were blessed by our wonderful niece and her new husband who were willing to stay at our home with our kids so we could have a much needed break and a little fun. For one week, my husband and I spent time in Disneyland/California Adventure and Las Vegas just hanging out as husband and wife without a care in the world. It was awesome!
One of my concerns with making three flights in just one week was dealing with checking luggage. I wanted to avoid the hassle if I could so I did my best to really prepare my wardrobe and travel essentials so I could use a carry-on all week. I was one of the people who always checked bags because there was just no way I could imagine stuffing a week's worth of outfits in a tiny bag. But I did it! And I loved it so much I think I will always carry-on from now on!
Here are my tips to traveling light and making the most of your tiny luggage!
Plan your outfits!
This is a must. If you don't designate exactly what you'll be wearing for each day of your trip, you will probably find yourself with too many clothes or not enough. Neither are fun!
Tip: Only assemble outfits that are color coordinating. That way, you can switch around your tops and bottoms and have endless options!
The colors I stuck to for this trip are: Light Pink, Nude, White, and Black.
Plan out all the details down to the shoes and undergarments you'll need for each outfit!
Try some things on and really commit to only packing what you know you will wear.
Next, its all about the fold.
I've been implementing some of the tips from the well known author Maria Kondo in our home from her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
I first of heard of her from One Kings Lane in this article.
Folding your clothes like this really helps you see what you have and I was able to fit quite a lot in a tiny space. (Note: I laid out one top under all my folded clothes that was silk and could not be folded).
Tip: Lay out flat items first like sandals and silk tops before packing anything else on top.
Next, I packed my heels. Although essential, I always find them to be the hardest to pack.
Lay them out like this to leave as much space as possible around them.
Since I was only packing summer shoes, I was able to layer two pairs of heels without taking up too much space.
Next thing I needed to pack was my toiletries.
I don't get fancy here. Ziplock bags are my life saver for travel!
I packed all my liquids in 3.0oz or less bottles in one quart sized bag as per TSA regulations. (Note: I subscribe to Ipsy so I had plenty of sample size makeup and skincare products).
Then packed all my makeup (non liquid) in a gallon size ziplock bag and made sure there was no extra air inside the bag.
Tip: Use a small firm container to store things like false lashes or other things that can't be bent. I used a retainer case ;) You could also use an Altoids box!
Once I placed all my makeup and my hair tools in the remaining space, I had a little room left over for my sneakers on top. I debated wearing these to the airport until the last minute when I remembered I'd have to remove them to go through security. I chose to wear sandals to the airport and just pack my chucks!
This suitcase has two small flat compartments on the top of the luggage. I placed my undergarments and my shower cap in those.
Lastly, I packed a few accessories inside a small pouch to keep them safe.
I was able to pack (including the outfit I wore to the aiport):
- 5 pairs of shoes
- 5 bottoms (3 pants and 2 shorts)
- 1 dress
- 8 tops
- 1 sweatshirt
- 1 light cardigan
- hair tools (1 straightener, 1 curling iron, 1 paddle brush, shampoo and conditioner, and a shower cap)
- all my makeup
- 7 pairs of underwear and 3 bras
- 1 swimsuit
- And a whole lotta excitement!
Also, I want to add that I carried a large purse onto the plane with a smaller over the shoulder wallet purse that I brought for walking around Disneyland. I also carried my sunglasses and a magazine in my purse through the airport.
There was only one top I ended up not wearing over the whole week and I never repeated an outfit! I changed my outfit a few times a day in Vegas and never ran out of options! It was a great success!
I hope you enjoyed this post and I appreciate you stopping by! Here are some photos from our trip!