What’s in My Carry-On?

How to Make the Most of a Small Suitcase

Anyone who has flown the friendly skies lately knows that you must expect the unexpected. Staffing issues can mean long lines in the airport and flight delays can make tight connections even tighter. To minimize inconveniences, our best advice is to perfect the art of travelin' light.

When packing in a compact carry-on, you are typically trying to accomplish many goals at once. You are striving for efficiency (making that connecting flight!) mixed with fun, especially when packing in a carry-on for a summer vacation.

Packing all of your necessities in a small bag for a big trip is indeed an art, and with the right formula, you can feel like you have everything you need and even some room to spare for any purchases you might make along the way. Start with your tried and true, foundational pieces that are easily interchangeable and build on them! 

1: Pack pieces you have worn or tried on before to avoid surprises.

2: Ladies - always pack a scarf! You can wear it as a head scarf, in a ponytail, around your neck, as a belt, as a top, tied on your bag - the options are endless.

3: Gents - pack everyday shirts that work with athletic shorts and a pair of jeans. This tactic gives you flexibility and comfort. 

4: Use packing cubes! Pack activewear separate from your pajamas and nicer clothes if you have different sections of your trips with varying activities.

5: Three pairs of shoes are almost always enough. Be sure you can wear each pair with at least three of your outfits - a comfortable, white sneaker is always good to have. 

6: No matter the destination, pack layer-able pieces. Airports are cold, the weather is unpredictable and layers are a great way to make an outfit brand new. 

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