Traveling Light: Pack For 10 Days In A Carry On

Now that spring is in the air, we know many of you are planning some warm weather getaways. We have some quick tips to help you pack light. Fitting everything you need in a carry-on isn’t as difficult as you think and it will allow you to avoid the dreaded wait at the luggage carousel. (Less time in the airport means more time on vacation!)

  • Roll your clothes. Folded clothes take up more space (see the above photo!) and can often cause wrinkles. Rolling your clothes tightly saves valuable luggage space and keeps your clothes looking smooth.
  • There’s space in your shoes. Place rolled up socks within them and always pack the shoes around the edges of your bag.
  • Wear your heaviest clothes and shoes on the plane to save more space in your bag.
  • Layer your clothes in your carry-on starting with the heaviest items first and lightest articles of clothing last.
  • On top of your clothes, place your toiletries for quick and easy access at security checkpoints.
  • Bring clothing you can mix and match. This will eliminate the need to bring too many clothes and accessories while still keeping your style fresh.

Do you have any tips for packing light or reasons why you love traveling with just a carry-on? Let us know by commenting below.

11 Comments

  • April 5, 2012

    Carla Meisenger

    I’ve found that if you are traveling to a cool/cold place, a good tip is to take along “long johns.” They are great insulators and can also double as p.j.’s. Wearing/carrying them often prevents you from having to lug a heavy coat, and they they dry quickly when washed.

    • April 6, 2012

      cstephens

      This is a good tip, Carla. Long johns are certainly a must-have if you’re traveling somewhere snowy and cold! Thanks for commenting!

  • April 5, 2012

    Jean Koch

    My short, lightweight bathrobe doubles as a swimsuit cover-up; each piece of clothing has to match at least two other pieces or it can’t come along, same for shoes.

    • April 6, 2012

      cstephens

      This sounds like a great rule to follow, Jean! If it doesn’t match, it doesn’t make the cut. Thanks for commenting!

  • April 6, 2012

    Lorna Fredd

    The 1st thing that goes into my bag is a plastic hanger in case we need to wash a garment during our trip. I travel with a handbag that’s small enough to tuck into the bag that stows under the seat, so I meet the 2-bag limit when boarding. Pack lighter items such as clothing and toiletries into the roller bag that you have to lift up to the overhead compartment, heavier stuff like shoes into your stowaway. We’ve done strictly carry-on for ten years, and it’s so freeing to be able to handle one’s own bags.

    • April 6, 2012

      cstephens

      Thanks for these great ideas, Lorna! You sound like a pro at packing in your carry-on. Packing lighter items into the rolling bag is really smart.

  • April 6, 2012

    Linda Elliott

    I use a light nylon mesh bag for my cosmetics that a pair of flip flops came in. It is about the same size as the plastic quart bag but much softer and easily fits in any corner. Often transfer to my purse to keep things together and can be easily moved when changing purses. Have not found same item on the market, new development idea! Velcro closure.

    • April 6, 2012

      cstephens

      How great! This sounds so easy to carry around without having to worry about it being an awkward shape. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Linda!

  • April 9, 2012

    Kay

    I stopped carrying on my roll on bag because with a torn rotator cuff I can’t lift it up to the overhead bins. I HATE checking a rollon bag! Even packing as lightly as I can, it gets too heavy for me to lift, and I don’t think it’s fair to appeal to strangers to help. Frustrating!

  • May 12, 2012

    tommy

    ” Roll your clothes. Folded clothes take up more space (see the above photo!) and can often cause wrinkles. Rolling your clothes tightly saves valuable luggage space and keeps your clothes looking smooth.”

    this is what i always do. yeah!

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