Guess where we’re going? We’re spending a month traveling through Europe – Madrid, London, Paris and different parts of Switzerland! Best anniversary gift ever! I started traveling on my own since the age of 12 – my mom would put me on a plane to grandma’s house. Anyway, the point is I LOVE TO TRAVEL! I love everything from packing to going through TSA, it’s just fun! (many may disagree)
This trip was one of the easiest packing experiences I’ve ever had. It took me about an hour this morning, which also included taking these photos. So, I thought it would be nice to share a couple of tips with you.
Tip #1 – Capsule Wardrobe. I can’t tell you how easy it was to pack my capsule wardrobe. If you haven’t read about it yet you can do so here. The gist is that I am living with a 32-piece capsule wardrobe for spring. I can literally fit my entire closet into a carry-on, can you believe that?! Still, I only packed what I really needed. I packed all of my capsule wardrobe tops, jeans, navy bottoms and 2 skirts. I also packed my super-duper comfortable booties and a pair of walking shoes.
Tip #2 – Roll it up. I’m sure you have all seen the rolled up jeans technique on Pinterest. If you haven’t tried it yet, do it. It is a real space saver. I don’t know why, but it is. I’ve also started doing this with my chiffon tops.
Tip #3 – Play some Tetris. If you don’t find packing fun, think of it as a game of Tetris. The goal is to neatly fit your items into a suitcase, or in this case, my carry-on. Start by placing the thicker and heavier items at the bottom. I don’t know about your suitcase but the bottom of mine is not flat, so, I place my rolled up jeans on the bottom to create an even surface. Sometimes thats enough, but not for me. I always end up with space in between my jeans and that’s when the real Tetris begins. I place small items such as my unmentionables or my rolled up chiffon tops in between. That way no space is wasted.
Tip #4 – Stuff ’em. Speaking of no wasted space, did I mention shoe space? I honestly never thought about this until I saw a friend pull 4 pairs of socks out of her shoes. Genius! It also helps shoes keep their form.
Tip #5 – Wear your thicker items. This will save you a ton of room! Whenever you are traveling in cold weather you’re bound to have a heavy jacket/coat. If you wear it on the plane you stay warm and it could also be a nice pillow.
Tip #6 – Hands Free. Most airlines will allow you to check one 50 lb bag. I always check my bag when traveling short distances.
Inside my Fossil satchel, which I love and take with me on all my travels, I carry my iPad mini, Kindle, headphones, sunglasses, travel journal, wallet with passport, nail file, and ibuprofen. In a separate small cosmetic bag I carry a wash cloth, and my toothbrush and toothpaste to freshen up. It looks like a lot but my bag stays surprisingly light.
Let me know if you have any other helpful tips or anything that will make traveling with only a carry-on easier.