12 Tips For Packing A Carry-On

Packing is always one of the most difficult parts of getting ready to go on your trip.  There’s always the stress of forgetting something important or the fear of losing your checked luggage! Don’t fret, these 12 easy tips for packing a carry-on will make your packing process a breeze so you can focus on other things [like getting a great tan!]

12 Tips For Packing A Carry-On

 1.  Do Your Research And Plan Ahead

Always remember to check the airline guides prior to packing so you can get an idea of just what to bring. Some airlines have very strict weight restrictions while some are more lenient! Weigh your bag ahead of time so you don’t have to deal with the stress of repacking at the airport.

2.  Packing Items That will Work Double-Duty

Pack simple items that can do double-duty.  Think black or blue denim, basic shirts, and maybe a statement sweater or two. Packing simple clothes that mix and match well will give you many outfit options so you won’t have to stress over what to wear. Have your fun with accessories!  Several small necklaces or some large earrings will take up way less space.

3.  Be Realistic

Are you really going to wear those heels? Do you need that many sweaters if you’re heading somewhere tropical? Take a look at the weather before you head out.  ALSO – Pack your make-up strategically.  Opt for a few key products you use frequently instead of your full arsenal. Make note of items that may wrinkle too.  Fabrics like wool, cotton and denim will travel a lot better than silk!

4.  Get Creative With Old Items

We all have those old containers lying around –  so get creative! Grab an old Tic-Tac container and use it to store your bobby pins. Put necklaces on straws to keep them from getting all tangled in your bag or wrap them in plastic wrap to prevent them from catching on your clothes. Try using an old pill container to store your rings and earrings! The options are endless!

5.  Pack Strategically

No square inch of your suitcase should go unused! Fill every empty space with something.  Roll up your socks and stuff them into your shoes and snake belts around the outside of your suitcase.


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6.  Rolling Your Clothes

If you haven’t rolled your clothes before, it’s a serious space-saving tip! Fold your clothes like you normally would, but instead of packing them folded, start rolling up at one end, pressing the air out of the garment as you roll. It’s a simple way to pack your clothes neatly and efficiently, and doesn’t wrinkle them!  These vacuum seal bags  make traveling a lot easier and more efficient!

7.  Limiting The Amount Of Shoes

I hate to say it, but you really don’t need more than two – three pairs of shoes! One pair for walking around and one dressier pair for your night activities should suffice! Pick a neutral pair that will match any outfit you pack.

8.  Gals pack dresses

Heading away with girlfriends? Since dresses are light, they’re also a great way to get a full outfit without taking up a lot of space in your bag.

9.  Never Leave Without A Survival Kit

A survival kit is the key to easy travel! I recommend ear plugs, necessary medicine, headphones, a map, and a few cleansing wipes. If you are anything like me – I have a hard time with the air pressure, so I always have Ear Planes handy with me.  They have been a lifesaver!!  Reading material is a great idea too.  Limit yourself to a book, a few magazines, or an e-reader.  Heavy reading materials will only bring back ache lugging it around the airport and take up a lot of unnecessary room in your carry-on! Keep a photocopy of your passport or I.D. and an emergency credit card in your survival kit – just in case!

10.  Is it Essential?

Do you really need it?  Some things you could pack in excess are accessories, clothing, and technology. Think about your activities and what you will be doing on your trip.  Remember – what you pack is what you will be dragging around the airport, so think light!

11. Pack Your Valuables

Limit the number of valuables you have on you. Pack only the essentials in your carry on.  This includes the things you can’t live without during your travel along  with a few essentials in case your luggage gets misplaced.

12.  Toiletries Are A Must!

Pack a selection of essential toiletries in your carry-on. If your checked bag gets lost, it may be several days before they retrieve it. I recommend a toothbrush, face wash, and contact solution or medication if needed. If your toiletries only come in large containers, pick up some small, empty, containers from your local drugstore and fill them three quarters of the way.  Filling them any further will overflow under the pressure! To make it easier getting through security, have all your toiletries in a separate, clear plastic ziplock bag. Remember, all liquids must be under 100mL as per ACSTA restrictions! [Source]

 Browse my favorite carry-on bags and over-sized travel totes for your next get-away!

Happy & Safe Travels!


With these tips, packing will be a breeze and you’ll be on your way in no time. One last thing: be sure to save room for souvenirs or new purchases! Have any travel tips? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Reply Hailey February 24, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I use all of these tips myself! (Minus the dress one) But I am definitely a believer in rolling clothing. I wasn’t convinced until I tried it and now I’m never going back.

  • Reply Cori February 24, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Great tips. I may be flying out for a three day conference next month. With your tips, a carryon is all I’ll need.

  • Reply Courtney Connolly February 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Really fantastic tips! I use almost all of them myself, I try to really keep things concise and use as many multipurpose products as possible!! I also never forget a hydrating face mask!

    La Belle Sirene

  • Reply The Southern Thing February 24, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I really need to work on being realistic when I pack! I always overpack regardless of the occasion or how many days I’ll be gone.

  • Reply lynsire February 24, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Over time I have learned to pack lightly. It’s so much easier and simple to take less items. Thanks for all these tips :))

  • Reply letlezley February 25, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    This was so awesome! I am the worst at packing. I either forget things I need or I pack everything as if I’m moving, there’s no in-between. This is such a helpful guide. I will try using this for my trip in April!

  • Reply Caitlin February 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    such good tips my friend! your making me want to go away somewhere …

  • Reply Joan February 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

    All great tips! I use all of these and you are so right! Also, don’t forget to pack any charger cables you need in your carry-on. I wasn’t able to get to my checked bags overnight during a trip, and had to travel the rest of my trip with a dead phone. Not cool! Also, bring an empty water bottle with you through security so you can fill it up at a drinking fountain or restaurant on the other side. Saves major money and staying hydrated will help you stay energized and healthy on your trip! Also, bring a light and neutral scarf on the plane with you. You can use it for multiple outfits during your trip, but you can also use it as a shawl if you get chilly or to cover your face to block unwanted light while sleeping! Love this blog!

  • Reply Adriana February 29, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I love this post! It’s so helpful! I’m planning a couple of upcoming trips and I’m such a bad packer – seriously, I can never decide on anything so I take WAY more than I need to haha!

  • Reply letsjessadventure May 23, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I’m planning a weekend getaway soon, and this post is right on time!– Now I just need to break my terrible habit of waiting until a day or two before to pack! 🙂

  • Reply soniaacostam May 23, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Love the tips Im the kind of girl that packs everything, hope to try it soon!

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  • Reply Sarah Coleman October 11, 2016 at 4:56 am

    I like the idea that we should roll up our clothes. That’ll save up lots of space for other things! Thanks for sharing.

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