Meet my Carry-On.

Meet my Carry-On luggage and packing tips - judimeetsworld

Here’s what my carry-on suitcase looks like for a short trip.  As someone who travels frequently, my first piece of advice is DON’T OVERPACK!  See the difference it makes – no waiting for baggage at your destination, no needing to check-in at the airline counter, no heavy hauling of a large, bulky suitcase – the list goes on!  

How do I make packing a carry-on easier for myself, considering all the travel products out there that companies push you to buy?  It’s a bit of trial and error, but here are some items I recommend:

Carry-On Tips

    1. Capsule Wardrobe Outfits – A lot of people will pack so that they’re using several outfits a day.  In reality, you can reuse your outfits – no one is keeping track.  That pair of dark denim doesn’t have to be worn only with one top.  Mix and match!  Pre-planning your outfits means you’re packing smarter.  My advice is to build a capusle wardrobe of neutrals that go well with each other. An example for a 10-day trip to a sunny destination is usually: 
      • 1 cardigan
      • 1 light water-proof jacket in case of rain
      • 2 pairs of shorts
      • 2 bathing suits
      • 1 cover-up
      • 1 pair of longer pants
      • 1 pair of leggings
      • 2 tank tops
      • 1 t-shirt
      • 1 skirt
      • 1 dress

        Now if you mix-and-match these, you can easily make more than 20 different outfits, you just have to be creative.  For longer trips, there are laundry facilities. 
    2. Shower Caps – if you’re staying at a hotel, they’re most likely going to provide you with a shower cap.  I use this to wrap my shoes!  It keeps them together and prevents them from dirtying up anything else in my carry-on luggage.  It also does this job without taking up space the way a shoe box or a shoe organizer would.  Believe it or not, I used to travel with shoe boxes, even in my tiny carry-on space – live and learn!
  1. Meet my Carry-On luggage and packing tips - judimeetsworld3.  Literature – I usually use flights to catch up on sleep, but you can only sleep so much on longer flights, so I bring reading materials with me.  My go-to choice of travel literature is non-fiction because I enjoy learning on the go.  These can get quite heavy so a good option is to download the Audible or e-book version of these titles if available. If your book is lighter, bring the print copy for a break from your tech screens.
  2. 4.  Eagle Creek Packing Cubes – You may remember my previous entry about these packing cubes.  I suppose any brand will do, but I really enjoy my Eagle Creek ones – my parents also invested in a set for their travel adventures as well.  Saves space, easily separates dirty from clean (if you use the double-sided ones), and keeps everything organized.
  3. 5.  Cocoon Grid-It – I have been eyeing this for years, but waited for product reviews before investing in one myself.  The Cocoon Grids come in various sizes – I chose the 8×12 and it still left ample room.  It makes for easy storage and easy access for anything I need electronically.  I also began storing essentials like my house keys and lipbalm so I didn’t have to dig around for them.  I also pack my 6ft Apple charger – a game changer for charging at airports and on flights!

    Meet my Carry-On luggage and packing tips - judimeetsworld
  1. 6.  Travel Make-up – I’m not one to wear a lot of makeup, but being a travel blogger, my travels usually end up with some kind of meeting, interview, or photoshoot.  That being said, I’ve created a separate blog post about how I survive in a carry-on with a full face of makeup and skincare products.  Check that out here: Meet my Travel Cosmetics.

So now, who needs to overpack?  Save yourself the trouble of the added weight and extra baggage, and downsize to a convenient on-the-go packing style.  What are your packing suggestions/necessities for carry-on luggage?



Meet my Carry-On luggage - judimeetsworld


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