I am a master at over packing. You never know what you might need, so why not just pack it all, right? Every summer we travel from TX to VA to visit family for a couple of weeks. Our wheelchair accessible mini van is usually packed to the gills! One time I even took my sewing machine! I never even took that bad boy out of the van! Over the years, I have managed to scale back quite a bit! And now with LuLaRoe, I’m even better at packing because the clothes can be rolled up so easily. This summer I managed to get my clothes, plus my two boys’, into one large suitcase. I call that a HUGE win! However, when it comes to packing for airline travel, I’m cheap. I pay enough for the flight, I certainly don’t want to have to pay extra for luggage. So, I have become a pro at packing a carry on bag when traveling alone. Here are a few tips on how to pack a carry on that I used on my recent trip to California for the LuLaRoe Convention.
1. Plan Out Your Outfits
This is hard for me because I am not a planner. I’m totally a fly by the seat of my pants type of girl. This drives a lot of people crazy–especially my husband–but it is what it is. But I’m telling ya, planning in advance pays off! When you plan and coordinate your outfits–down to the shoes and accessories–it really prevents you from overpacking. It also lets you see which items and accessories you can mix with other outfits. For example, I wore a blue Sarah (a long cardigan) on the plane. Because I planned my outfits based on the different activities at Convention, I knew I could wear that same Sarah with a couple of other outfits.
2. Strategic Packing
A carry on is small…and it seems even smaller when you’re packing for four days, sometimes wearing two different outfits in those four days! Making the most of your luggage real estate is essential. The best space saving tip I have is to roll your clothes instead of folding them. I fold each item in half, vertically. Then for leggings or pants, I fold in half, then roll tightly from the bottom. For tops and dresses, after I have folded vertically, I fold in the arms and bottom part of the dress to make the item a little skinnier, then I tightly roll the item up. Rolling your clothes versus folding them allows you to tuck those rolled pieces into some tight spaces! Trust me! I was able to pack 17 pieces of LuLaRoe–3 Carlys, 3 leggings, 2 Sarahs, 2 Julias, 1 Amelia, 1 Lindsay, 1 Maxi, 1 Joy, 1 Irma, 1 Perfect T, and 1 Classic T–a bathing suit, a chambray shirt, a denim vest, underclothes, a jewelry bag, a cosmetic bag, a clear toiletry bag, and 5 pairs of shoes (Okay, okay. 5 pairs of shoes weren’t completely necessary…) into my carry on. And believe it or not, I was able to stuff in two more shirts and a sweatshirt for the flight back home!
Most of my rolled pieces are able to fit into one end of the carry on. I then work in the shoes and other pieces and make sure I fill every nook and cranny.
3. Make Use of All Compartments
I use the elastic and zippered areas on the inside lid of my suitcase for my shoes. I place the clear toiletry bag with the TSA approved sizes in the outside pocket of my suitcase. This way, in case I need to remove it, it’s easily accessible. I also bring a small bag for dirty duds! Back in the day, I was a cloth diapering mama. So I just bring a small wetbag with me and fill it with dirty underclothes. When I travel home, I just stick that little bag in the other front pocket of my suitcase. Which reminds me…when repacking to come home, I roll up all the dirty clothes inside out. This way I know exactly what needs to be washed when I get home.
4. Personal Item Carry On
Along with my suitcase I also carry a tote. Inside the tote I carry a wristlet wallet or a small crossbody purse. I always pack my my medication, laptop/iPad, and any other expensive items in my personal carry on. This way, in case the flight is full and I have to check my carry on bag at the gate, I’ll have the dire necessities in case my luggage gets delayed or lost. I can also stuff things into my personal carry on if I run out of room in my regular suitcase.
That’s about it! With some simple planning and easy clothing like LuLaRoe, packing for a trip is pretty painless! LuLaRoe clothing also travels very nicely and doesn’t tend to wrinkle! Do you need some easy, carefree clothes for an upcoming trip? Head on over to my VIP group or contact me here, and I’ll help you plan your wardrobe!