Packing in a Carry On: Part 1

pinnable How I Packed for Europe

As you may know from my recent post, Tips for Surviving Group Travel, I just spent two weeks in Europe on a school trip. Out of the thirty people in our group, I was one of only two people who carried on luggage instead of checking it. Why? I didn’t want to deal with my things being lost, or with lugging around a giant suitcase! Read on to see how I became a packing wizard…

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Pick a color palette: This is a packing tip I absolutely swear by. It is SO much easier to come up with a ton of outfits from a handful of items when everything works well together! I recommend picking 4-5 colors, with one of them being either black or brown. For this trip, I chose teal, royal blue, black, and white.

Evaluate weather: Knowing the climate of your destination is critical to a well-packed suitcase. A Hawaiian vacation is very different from a trek to Alaska! While thinking about the weather, make sure to account for variations like rain or a chilly night. Regardless of your destination, I recommend taking a lightweight cardigan or scarf that you can use for a just-in-case touch of warmth.

Keep it simple: Don’t bring that one pair of shoes that only looks good with one dress. Don’t bring that skirt with a crazy pattern if it doesn’t match anything. Pack a combination of solid colors and subtle prints for maximum versatility.

Mix and match: Easiest way to bring a wide variety of outfits without bringing a mountain of clothes? Mixing and matching. I brought four tank tops, four regular shirts, four pairs of shorts, three skirts, two cardigans, a pair of black pants, leggings, a romper, and a dress. It may not seem like much, but almost every item could be combined to give me SO MANY outfit combinations! I used the iPhone app Stylebook to mentally organize my suitcase. I totally recommend it for the type-A personality, because it kept me sane on the trip by telling me exactly outfits I had buried in my suitcase!

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Sort and organize: To live out of a suitcase for 2+ weeks, you have to stay organized. I accomplished that feat via packing cubes, tiny pouches, and old-fashioned plastic bags. For items that could easily wrinkle, such as shirts and dresses, use packing cubes. For things like socks and underwear, stick to a Ziplock. It’s also smart to bring an extra bag or two for clothes that get wet or dirty.

Roll, don’t fold: Not only does this save space, rolling clothes helps keep them from being wrinkled. Plus, it’s much faster than folding, and keeps your suitcase looking nice and neat.

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Packing can seem like a monumental or even impossible task, but sticking to a plan and staying organized can help it be more manageable. Stay tuned for the second part of my series: packing tips for everything other than clothes.

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