Here’s what my carry-on suitcase looks like for a weekend getaway or a short trip. I’ve learned to not overpack when traveling and what a difference it makes! 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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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 packed my 6ft Apple charger – a game changer for charging at airports and on flights!
- 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. In this case, I had extra copies of Valen‘s books since he sold all of his prior to my arrival. I’m the nicest girlfriend.
What are your packing suggestions/necessities for carry-on luggage?