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How to Pack a Carry-On for a 10 Day Trip

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

Checked luggage is expensive. Here's our tips for making your carry-on go further.

Create Some Space

Leave Behind

Soap, Shampoo & Lotion - Hotels and Airbnbs will almost always have shampoo, soap, lotion and hair dryers available.

Reusable Water Bottles - If you're traveling outside the US, it's likely you're going to a country you can't drink the tap water and will need to buy bottled water. These can be heavy and take up valuable cup holder room.

Our Tips

  • Plan outfits ahead of time but include a rainy or cold day alternative.

  • Stuff small articles of clothing like socks & undies in your shoes

  • Roll shirts, shorts, leggings, skirts etc.

  • Layer bulky or large articles of clothing flat on top of your rolled clothes (such as jeans, jackets, dresses & sweaters) THIS IS A GAME CHANGER!

How to Pack

On the zipper side:

Step 1: Create a base layer of rolled clothes - shirts, skirts, shorts, leggings etc.

Step 2: Lay any bras and swimsuits on top.

Step 3: Lay your bulk items flat on top of these two layers. Alternating each item (one left, one right) and allowing any excess to hang off the edge.

Step 4: Fold over the excess. One by one alternating each item.

Step 5: Tuck in sides and zip!

On the strapped side:

Step 1: Place shoes, fitting each pair heal to toe.

Step 2: Stuff socks or small articles of clothing in and in between shoes.

Step 3: Place make up bags and toiletries.

Step 4: Tuck hair tools and brushes in the edges

Step 5: Lay jackets flat on top using the same alternating method used for bulky items.

In your personal item:

Place books, electronics and snacks. Also a great place for an extra toiletries or make up bag!

Don't forget your charger, plug adapter, medications and passport! Happy Travels!


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