How to pack a carry-on for a 2 week trip. It takes some thought and planning but you feel so care free losing that excess baggage when strolling through airports and train stations! I can confidently say that I’m a great packer and I think that some of it comes from the years and years of selling on-line! Anyone remember the heydays of eBay in the late 90’s? I was there and sold and shipped thousands of (mostly vintage) items and then later was on to my own website. You figure out how to fit something large into a small box and have it arrive safely and I’ll show you something funny relating to that at the end of this post! But for now I’d like to help if you’re planning a summer trip and think that you need to take a barrage of bags because honestly….you do NOT.
Bring pieces to layer…I look like the Michelin man below with several layers myself, but it was COLD! The jacket below was on pretty much always, except for a short black leather jacket for evening wear.
Here’s how to pack a carry-on (my way) for a 2 week trip and some tips on traveling abroad.
This is the suitcase that I have traveled with for the last couple of years. It’s by Swiss Gear and is tough as nails and has logged thousands of miles with me, still looking and functioning like new. Find it HERE and it’s under $100.
This is similar to the tote that I carry (mine is no longer available) and an absolute MUST is a zipper. I love Louis Vuitton as much as the next girl, but see far too many open totes and the practical side of me doesn’t think thats a great idea. Find my choice HERE and it’s under $50.
I like things uncomplicated because honestly there are enough complications in life. My fashion choices are generally black and white and a splash and dash of accessorizing with color. For every day life at home you’ll almost always find me in black leggings or yoga pants and a nice white t-shirt or a black tee. It’s so easy to travel this way and TAP BELOW to SHOP what I love and wear daily.
Now on to some tips…
How To Pack A Carry-On For A 2 Week Trip
- Keep your wardrobe simple and try to choose only 2 to 3 main colors for your main pieces. You can add color and accessorize with jewelry and scarves and those scarves can also serve as a wrap or throw if you are cold in the hotel.
- Think about how many days you’ll be traveling and try laying out your outfits on the floor if you are a visual person like me. You can also make a list of what you’ll be wearing each day and take the list with you!
- Depending on the climate of your destination, you can try and plan to wear your pants and even tees for 2 to possibly 3 days. I never do this at home since I live where you sweat just looking out at the palm trees…but in a cool destination that’s not the case.
- Pack enough underwear and socks…one for each day. If you are staying in a hotel for more than one night, pack lightweight panties (I’ve linked my favorites below) if short on room and wash them out in the sink.
- Shoes are something that we love as women, but I limit myself to the pair that I’m wearing on the plane and one (ok…maybe two;-) more pairs. I generally wear THESE BOOTIES that are so comfy and chic too. These took me all over Paris blister-free! The other pair of musts are comfortable sneakers and I wear black that are totally fashionable and discreet. THESE SNEAKERS are my favorite and as a bonus you can connect to your smart phone or fitness device if you’d like.
Some additional staples of my wardrobe for at home, travel and out to dinner with friends. These are timeless and will work with every age and body type! TAP THE SCROLLING IMAGES TO SEE MORE.
More how to pack a carry-on tips
- ROLL EVERYTHING, or as much as you can! This is a tip that I think you’ll find invaluable if you don’t already roll your clothes. Since most of what I recommend is a wrinkle free type of fabric it’s not going to be an issue.
- Stuff your shoes! If you are packing boots or sneakers stuff your socks, jewelry and scarves inside. You’ll save a ton of space.
- COSMETICS can be packed into a corner of your suitcase or your carry-on tote. Keep in mind that you can purchase cosmetics at most of your destinations and try to eliminate taking excess. If traveling overseas you’ll find that some countries are VERY STRICT about liquids and gels and you are only allowed one small zipped plastic bag per person. This isn’t the case in the U.S. so check the restrictions of the airports that you’ll be flying in to.
And finally in this how to pack a carry-on post…I know that lots of people use these COMPRESSION SACKS and they help immensely. Take a look and let me know if you have anything to add to this post or any questions. Pin it for your future travel reference!
And that surprise that I mentioned at the beginning of this post? I managed to bring home one rather large item that I found for just 3 Euros at a Paris brocante in my husband’s carry-on! Admittedly he had a bit more room, so we stuffed the aqua soupier with dirty laundry and wrapped it with even more, lol! You’ll see more of this soon and I’m going to attempt to make some French Onion Soup to serve soon.
I have another TRAVEL POST that gives tips for the more MATURE TRAVELER, since most of us are not likely to just wing it and want to do some planning. I put together a little video below from my Instagram Stories…