With the not-so-new standard of charging for checked baggage, I wanted to try an experiment. I wanted to see just how much I could fit into my carry on bag. I was able to pack for 7 full days without doing laundry!
Destination: LA, California
- Fleece Jacket
- Rain Coat
- Maxi Dress
- 6 Shirts
- 3 Pants
- 1 Capris
- 1 Shorts
- Swimming Suits
- 5 Pair Ankle Socks
- Underwear (pack tightly in the hat to save the hats shape)
- 2 Necklaces
- Phone Charger
- 10 Sample Packs of Shampoo and Conditioner
- Makeup Bag
- Baby Wipes
- Important Documents
Hmm. What else should I bring? I still have room in the front pockets and a second carry on! I like to fill my purse with in flight activities/crafts and snacks.
Here are a few tips that we should all remember to be ultralight packers.
- Make sure that everything in your suitcase has multiple functions or will be used more than once. Like a swimsuit coverup by day, scarf by night.
- When packing clothing and shoes, pack your lightest weight clothing, rolled tightly, not folded. Grab the thin skinny jeans and ditch the pair of heavy Levis.
- If you want to bring some thick/heavy clothing or shoes, wear them on the plane.
- As for warmth, pack a thin hooded fleece and a raincoat instead of a thick coat.
- When packing accessories, think minimal. All accessories should be limited to a sandwich Ziplock bag. That will save space and keep it all together.
- If you need to bring a towel, remember that you don’t need a huge beach towel. Take your thinnest towel that you have. If you are going to the beach, take a large mumu wrap to sit on instead.
- As for sun protection, grab sunglasses, a ball cap and this Eminence Sun Defense Minerals, it’s my favorite! It’s great for travel because you can’t bring the liquid kind on the plane.
- If you are reading a thick hardback novel, think about taking a detour and reading something light instead. Time to finally finish the The 5 Love Languages!
- Limit your toiletries to 1 Quart Ziplock with no bigger than 3.4 oz. bottles as per airline regulations and keep it easy access to take out at the security gate.
- Always carry a travel size pack of baby wipes. You never know just how you will need them, but you will.
- Take a manilla envelope to keep all of your boarding passes, passports and important documents together and secure. Never leave your bag unattended.
What travel hacks have you learned over the years? What is your favorite thing to take on all of your vacations?