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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How to Travel with Just a Carry-On

How to Travel with Just a Carry On by Kate Bartlett
Hey Friends!
Summer is here and that means….VACAY TIME!!!! I know most people would probably expect me to be an overpacker because duh I’m a fashion blogger, but I have actually never checked a bag in my life. Believe it or not I spent 2 and a half weeks in Europe last year with only a carry on, and this summer I will be traveling to Europe for a month with only a backpack (yeah even I’m scared for this one lol)!!! Over the years I have accumulated many hacks to packing lighter and making the most out of limited space so I thought I would share with you some of my best tips :)

1. Pack in the Same Color Palette
Packing in the same color palette is the best way to ensure that you will have a variety of different outfits to pair together (plus it makes your instagram feed look super cohesive lol). For example, last summer when I went to Greece, I packed predominantly white and blue clothing; this allowed me to pretty much pair any top with any skirt/pants and wear the same accessories with any outfit!

2. Three Pairs of Shoes Max
I know this might sound intimidating but you really only need 3 different types of shoes for a summer vacation: sneakers, sandals, and a going-out shoe. Typically for sneakers I will bring white high top converse because I can wear them for outdoor activities but they also look cute thrown on with a sundress. For sandals, I typically bring a neutral, super comfortable pair like these Steve Madden ones in Cognac. As far as going-out shoes go, I typically opt for a nicer pair of sandals (sometimes with a little block heel like this pair). I love wedges just as much as the next girl but they take up wayyy too much space in a suitcase and can be super heavy.

3. Travel-Size Woolite
My mom is the queen of traveling light and this is her favorite trick for getting multiple wears out of clothing items. If you have access to a sink you can easily wash your clothes with some to-go woolite, hang them up to dry in the bathroom, and they will be clean and ready to wear again in the morning!!! I always use this trick for washing underwear on trips, which brings me into my next hack…….

4. Don't Pack Cotton Underwear
If you are planning on washing your underwear and letting it dry overnight, I would recommend bringing nylon instead of cotton underwear. Cotton takes FOREVER to dry and also tends to be heavier, so look for light, nylon pairs to pack instead. A lot of travel stores sell nylon underwear for a TON, but you can easily find what you need at Victoria’s Secret or even Target.

4. Avoid Anything You Can't Wear at Least Twice
When packing, I like to think about items that I can wear multiple times, or in multiple outfit combos (usually this is dark jeans, jean shorts, dresses, blouses, etc). I always try and stay away from white jeans, linen dresses, and tight fitting tops because usually after just half a days wear these items are already dirty!!

5. Store Makeup and Jewelry in your Backpack/Purse
I always find that my beauty products and jewelry take up a ton of space in my carry-on, which takes away from the room I have for my clothes. That’s why I always recommend storing those cosmetic bags in your backpack or purse so you can dedicate all the space in your carry on to clothes. This also allows for quick access to your makeup when you want to freshen up after a long flight and you avoid the risk of any products spilling all over your clothes!

6. Leave the Shampoo and Conditioner at Home
I never worry about bringing my own shampoo/conditioner/body wash because the hotels already provide these things (Same goes for hair-dryers). Although the hotel shampoo may not be top of the line quality, making-do with it can save a ton of space in your suitcase!!

1 comment

  1. I don't travel that often (sadly) but when I do I definitely overpack. I have a problem haha. But than I only end up using like a quarter of the stuff I bring. Will definitely be looking back at this post!

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl


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